Maserati confirms Compacted Graphite Iron Diesel Engine

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Maserati produces first diesel engine, co-developed with Ferrari
3.0 litre V6 diesel with SinterCast-CGI Cylinder block and bedplate
Fifth vehicle application for versatile VM Motori diesel engine

Maserati has announced its first diesel offering, to be available in the 2014 Ghibli Sports Sedan, with sales beginning during the summer of 2013. The 3.0 litre V6, which is based on the VM Motori diesel engine with a SinterCast-CGI cylinder block and bedplate cast at the Tupy foundry in Brazil, was co-developed between Ferrari and Maserati and is assembled at the Ferrari engine facility in Maranello, Italy. The purpose-built engine provides 202 kW (275 horsepower), 570 Nm (420 ft-lbs) of torque and a top speed of 250 km/hr (155 mph), while consuming less than six litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (more than 39 mpg US) in the combined driving cycle. In comparison to the 3.0 litre petrol engine option, the diesel offering provides at least 35% better fuel economy and 29% less CO2 emissions, despite delivering 14% more torque.

“The application of the 3.0 litre diesel to the top end sports sedan sector demonstrates the versatility of the VM Motori base design, and showcases the advantages of the higher strength and stiffness of CGI in providing a full spectrum of performance, durability and refinement” said Dr Steve Dawson, President & CEO of SinterCast. “The availability of the VM Motori engine in five diverse vehicles, ranging from off-road jeep and pick-up applications to full size sedans and luxury sport vehicles, provides another powerful example of the design benefits of Compacted Graphite Iron.”

Dr Steve Dawson
President & CEO
Tel: +46 8 660 7750