Is the death of the V8 engine greatly exaggerated, or actually happening? It depends on who you ask. Fiat-owned Maserati is reportedly working on a turbodiesel V8 engine for its Ghibli supercar, one that could get up to 30 mpg while delivering 360 horsepower. Seems impossible, right? But with pent-up demand for performance diesel engines, this could be the right motor for the right time.
European automakers have slowly phased out big V8 turbodiesel engines as even luxury car customers opt for more efficient V6 models. This is true even for Maserati, which now offers no diesel V8 engines, just a a 275 horsepower turbodiesel V6 in the Ghibli supercar.
While 275 horsepower is nothing to sneeze at, Fiat is reportedly developing a either a 360 horsepower turbodiesel V8 with 460 ft-lbs of torque as well. Why? Because that is what customers apparently want. The turbodiesel V6 may not be cutting it.
Whether or not it goes into production depends on consumer reaction to the V6 engine. Is 275 horsepower enough? Or is the market just begging for a bigger V8? With diesel technology now allowing even large SUVs to deliver over 30 mpg, it is starting to look like customers with deep pockets can have their performance, and fuel economy too.
Source: Car & Driver