Maserati is known for producing sensual and seductive cars. The interior leather is buttery and fragrant, the exterior designs are sinewy and eye-catching, and the engines are powerful and sonorous; but could a switch to diesel engines mean that the aural pleasure could become manufactured?
We reported back in April that Maserati is planning to branch out and add diesel engines to its range along with the forthcoming Kubang SUV and smaller sedan. But Australia's What Car? is reporting that Maserati will use the cars' stereos to pipe in a "sportier exhaust note."
This won't be the first time that an automaker has piped false engine noises into the cabin through the stereo system. BMW is already doing it with the 2012 M5 sedan; however, the BMW plays a louder version of the 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8's exhaust note.
What Car? reports that the first new Maserati to receive this aural tuning will be the Kubang SUV. Maserati CEO Harald Wester told us that "the Kubang SUV is not a Grand Cherokee clone," but that has not stopped speculation about what oil-burning mill the brand-extending Maserati could use. The Jeep Grand Cherokee – on which the Kubang is based and will be built alongside in Michigan – boasts a 3.0-liter common-rail diesel V-6 in select markets. The Kubang will need a diesel powerplant to compete with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne Diesel and Land Rover Range Rover Sport SDV6 in Europe. We also reported that the smaller Maserati sedan will most likely rely on turbocharged gas and diesel V-6 powertrains, so a diesel V-6 in the Kubang may not be out of the question, despite Maseratis currently only using V-8s.
Would Maserati pipe in the sound of a sportier diesel, or the sound of one of its sonorous gas-powered V-8s? We’re not sure, though we do know that one of the most distinctive and intoxicating components of a modern Maserati is the sound of its 4.2- or 4.7-liter V-8 engine. We wouldn’t blame Maserati for wanting to replicate that sound on a diesel-fueled model, though artificially making a diesel sound like a high-performance gas engine does strike us as somewhat disingenuous.
Source: What Car?