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Maserati's $5,000 tri-colored livery celebrates Italian auto heritage

The new livery celebrates the history of the Italian automobile industry as Maserati looks to its future.

Photo courtesy of Maserati

Italy has a strong automotive past. The modern sports car wouldn't be where it is today without the likes of Italy's native sons, Pinin Farina, Franco Scaglione, and others. But it wasn't always easy. World War II, a depressed economy, and a focus on profitable mass market production have threatened the industry in one way or another over the years.

The newest livery from Maserati celebrates Italian heritage, placing it front and center. A tricolor band of green, white and red stripes, applied by the skilled operatives of the Modena Plant's Paint Shop, run over the bonnet and on the roof of the car, is available on select 2020 Maserati Levantes and Ghiblis. Soon the livery will be available on all models in all markets.

2021 Maserati LevanteThe green, white, and red stripes follow the design of the Italian flag.Photo courtesy of Maserati

The automaker has chosen to display five vehicles with the design in cities across the Mediterranean. Three Maserati Levante Trofeo models as well as two Levante GTS SUVs will be shown this July at locations yet to be confirmed.

The company is quite proud of their Italian lineage and recently took steps to solidify their commitment to the country and the future of the brand. Earlier this month, a teaser video was released showing the company's Moderna headquarters building being hit by computer animated lightning. The imagery was meant to signify the company's electrified vehicles future.

That future includes a completely redesigned Maserati Ghibli Hybrid. It will be first, later this year. The Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabriolet will begin production in 2021 as the automaker's first all-electric cars. The next-gen GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be built at the Mirafiori production hub.

Maserati's Modena facility is in the process of a remodel, which will allow it to be modified enough to begin producing what the company is calling a "super sports car" in 2020.The Ghibli Hybrid will have the first hybrid engine in the history of the marque.

2020 Maserati electrifiedAs part of its announcement, Maserati shared images of its headquarters being hit by simulated lightning. Photo courtesy of Maserati

A forthcoming Maserati utility vehicle is set to be built at Cassino in 2021. The automaker is already teasing the model saying that it is, "intended to play a leading role for the brand, thanks to its innovative technologies." Technological innovation is not something Maserati has been known for lately so this could be a welcome change.

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The 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine delivers big power numbers.

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The old saying that there's "no replacement for displacement" isn't quite as accurate as it once was. Turbochargers and the latest engine designs have made it possible to extract major power from smaller, more efficient power plants. Stellantis' latest announcement proves this point, as its new Hurricane inline-six-cylinder engine will generate big power numbers from a relatively modest 3.0 liters and two turbos.

Stellantis says two variants will be available. The standard output version produces more than 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, while a high output variant delivers more than 500 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbo inline-six delivers that power with up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency.

Stellantis Hurricane Inline-SixIt's not yet clear which vehicles will get the engine.Stellantis

The new engine comes as Stellantis works to position itself for an electrified future. The automaker stated a goal of 50 percent a 50 percent battery electric vehicle mix by 2030, but notes that gas engines will still play a major role in its vehicle line for years to come. "The Hurricane twin-turbo is a no-compromise engine that delivers better fuel economy and an important reduction in greenhouse gases without asking our customers to give up performance," said Micky Bly, Stellantis head of propulsion systems.

At this point, it's unclear which vehicles will get the new engine, but Stellantis' brands are packed with opportunities. Dodge, whose Hellcat-powered muscle cars could be a good candidate, and then there's Jeep, with a line of off-road-ready SUVs that could greatly benefit from such an engine. The Hurricane's projected high output of 500 horsepower puts it behind the Hellcat engines power output, but it's still strong enough to make a seriously quick vehicle.

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You can apply to become a Dodge ambassador with some great perks.

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One lucky person is about to win the car enthusiast's job of a lifetime, though only for a year. Beginning today, Dodge is accepting applications for its new and temporary Chief Donut Maker

If the title alone isn't enough to make the job sound appealing, the benefits are seemingly endless. The lucky new Dodge "employee" will pick up a $150,000 salary, along with the opportunity to drive an SRT Hellcat company car for the year. Additionally, the winner will participate in all manner of racing and car-related events, take courses at Radford Racing School, and get a load of Dodge-branded clothing.

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If you're reading this and thinking it sounds like a blast - you're right. There's a catch, however, which comes in the form of an intense consideration process that culminates in a racing event with a pro driver on a closed course. A panel of judges will evaluate the video entries, and wrestler Bill Goldberg will oversee the race between the top ten finalists. Dodge says the series of eliminations will air like a reality TV show, with the winner being revealed in the final episode.

Today is the opening day of the application period. You have until February 28 to submit your short video, which can be a maximum of two minutes. Get busy making your video and head here to submit it before the deadline.

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