We all knew this was coming. Maserati announced it was going all-electric by 2030, so the end was definitely in sight for the V8. But now it’s crystal clear. Maserati will end production of its V8s at the end of this year.
The company says that there will still be some V8-powered models on sale into 2024. We’re assuming that’s based on inventory that may not have yet sold or been delivered by the end of 2023.
Maserati will have a little something, though, to celebrate its road-going V8 history, which dates back to 1959 and its 5000 GT coupe. It will launch two special editions, the Ghibli 334 Ultima and the Levante V8 Ultima. These will be revealed in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Those models will join the existing Trofeo versions of the Levante, Ghibli and Quattroporte that are on sale now, all with V8s.
Maserati didn’t say anything about upgrades to the V8 itself. So presumably, it will remain the familiar twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 making 572 horsepower that is available in other trims now. Any additional changes to the special edition cars will probably be colors, trimmings and maybe handling tweaks.
Even if Maserati wasn’t going all-electric, the V8’s days were probably numbered. The new top-dog engine is the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 used in the Grecale Trofeo and the MC20 supercar. In the MC20, it makes 620 horsepower; more than the V8.
But of course, even that new V6’s days are numbered. All of Maserati is going electric, and while the internal combustion models aren’t being phased out just yet, every model has electric versions on the way under the Folgore name. That includes the mainstream models such as the new Grecale SUV as well as the sports cars including the new GranTurismo and the MC20. Those electric models aren’t far away, either. Maserati’s goal is to have electric versions of all its models by the end of 2025, and hybridization isn’t part of the plan.