Ferrari has brought the V6, at the same time opening the doors of hybridization to its smallest fractionation thanks to the 296 GTB, a berlinetta that inaugurates the new course of the Cavallino. The return of the six-cylinder, which took place one year after the presentation of the MC20 and the Neptune engine, has led some to raise doubts about the possible affinities between the two engines and to collaborate between the i Maranello brand and the Modena brand.
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Ferrari’s Chief Technical Officer took care of returning the allegations to the sender, Michael Leiters who wanted to underline that there is no correlation between the Maranello V6 and the Maserati Nettuno: “Ferrari does not copy anyone or take over others. This trait has been typical for Ferrari for years and we don’t need to collaborate on something like that. ” A clear position, which wants to clarify how Ferrari independently developed the new engine, with several road tests in the months prior to the presentation of the new Ferrari 296 GTB. To corroborate what Leiters pointed out then, there are the technical evidences with the specifications of the two engines that make it two units much more different than one might think: Ferrari’s V6 has a lean angle of 120 degrees while the Maserati unit has a 90-degree layout, the power is also different, with the 296 GTB boasting 663 hp, not counting the boost of electrification, against the 630 hp of the Maserati MC20, a difference of 33 hp.
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Both engines will presumably find space on other cars in the future. Neptune for example it should be used on the new generation of GranTurismo while the Ferrari V6 should represent one of the options that will move the Purosangue SUV, the first model of the Prancing Horse with high wheels, which ironically in the test phase has so far always used a forklift based on a Maserati Levante.