Maserati to Stop Making V8-Powered Cars at the End of 2023

Given that Maserati is planning to become an EV-only brand by 2030, the days of its internal combustion engines are numbered. It’s just a matter of finding out how many are left.

Well, we’ve learned this week that Maserati will stop making V8-powered models after 2023, putting an end to a long chapter that began in 1959 with the 5000 GT coupe.

The eight-cylinder’s swan song will come in the form of a limited Ultima edition of the Ghibli compact sedan and Levante midsize SUV. An official debut is set to take place in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K.

Will the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 be upgraded in some capacity? Maserati won’t say for now. For the record, this Ferrari-sourced engine currently puts out 572 horsepower and 538 lb-ft. of torque in other Ghibli and Levante models, not to mention the Quattroporte full-size sedan.

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Performance enthusiasts shouldn’t be too concerned, though. Maserati also has a potent twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 that can deliver as much as 621 horsepower and the same amount of torque—at least in the MC20 supercar. The figures drop to 523 horsepower and 457 lb-ft. in the Grecale Trofeo, or 424 horsepower and 428 lb-ft. elsewhere in the portfolio.  

Maserati aims to offer a battery-powered variant for each model it sells by 2025. “Folgore” (an Italian word for lightning) will designate the new EVs, starting with an all-electric GranTurismo coupe and GranCabrio convertible. The Grecale will be next.

Hold on tight because the company is promising a GranTurismo Folgore with "way over 1,200 horsepower," 0-100 km/h sprints in two seconds like the Rimac Nevera and Tesla Model S Plaid, as well as a top speed of over 300 km/h.

The Levante, Quattroporte and MC20 will all get their zero-emission variant by mid-decade, too. Specifications including battery capacity and range will be announced closer to launch.

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