The result of using the pre-firing technology, the first time in a road car, is increased power and reduced turbo lag. “With the pre-chamber technology, we could generate the performance and efficiency we wanted but keep the same size of (a) conventional turbocharger,” Valentini explains. “When we set the performance parameters of the engine, our first choice was to increase the size of the turbocharger and introduce some e-booster to get rid of the lag. When we analyzed it, we decided that was expensive, not very reliable, and very complicated.”
This excites us because that means Maserati is planning to run all-gasoline engines alongside its upcoming electrified vehicles for the foreseeable future. We’re sure the electrified vehicles will be exciting to drive, but while we have a choice in drivetrains, we want real choice.