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Maserati's engine of the future is 100% Maserati, 100% made in Modena

The Maserati Nettuno engine is the first one developed by Maserati in decades.

Photo courtesy of Maserati

Maserati is in the midst of a redo. The brand is reshaping its image, starting with its allegiance to its home country of Italy. For months, the automaker, a division of FCA, has been pushing has on the message that its future is fully Italian, despite the looming merger between its American-Italian owner and the French PSA Groupe.

The next step in its product plans was to shift development and production of its engines to Italy. The Maserati Nettuno is the result of a team of Maserati technicians and engineers working at the Maserati Innovation Lab on Via Emilia Ovest and the workshops on Via Delle Nazioni to design the engine. It was developed at the Engine Hub, located at the Viale Ciro Menotti address where it will be built.

Maserati Nettuno engine

Maserati Nettuno engine

Photo courtesy of Maserati


Maserati's new engine is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder unit with V90-degree architecture. It's capable of delivering 621 horsepower at 7500 rpm and 538 pound-feet of torque from 3000 rpm.

The engine features a dry sump pump and has an 11:1 compression ratio. The stroke is 82 mm and the bore 88 mm.

The Italian automaker says the that "soul of the engine" its its pre-chamber combustion system that features twin-spark plugs. The chamber is set between the central electrode and traditional combustion chamber and connected by a series of specially-designed holes. The lateral spark plug is traditional in its action.

This technology is derived from Formula One use and will make its debut in a passenger car this autumn.

The twin-injection system is linked to the fuel supply pressure at 350 bar, working to reduce noise in the low rev range, which lowers emissions.

Maserati has lowered the traditional development time of an engine by utilizing virtual analysis via the Innovation Lab.

The engine will be employed first in the Maserati MC20, which is set to bring Maserati back to the world of racing. It is expected to debut in September.

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The new Z starts at under $40,000.

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2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

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The new Type R set a Suzuka Circuit lap record.

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The All-New 2023 Type R Achieves Track Record at Suzukawww.youtube.com

The Type R lapped Suzuka Circuit in 2 minutes, 23.120 seconds, a record-breaking lap for a front-wheel drive car. The video features neat telemetry information on-screen during the lap as well, but the real excitement comes later when full specs are revealed.

Honda's been understandably mum on details on the new Type R's powertrain and performance numbers, but the car is expected to carry the same powertrain with its predecessor. The 300-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine made that car a force to be reckoned with, so the 2023 Civic Type R will likely continue carrying that torch.

Honda Civic Type RHonda will fully reveal the car this summer. Honda

Honda will reveal the car in all its glory this summer. As for pricing, the previous car started around $38,000, so the new model should be around there to start. That, of course, is before dealers mark it up and other lucky buyers snap them up for insane resale on an auction site.

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