One of the few things that did not change after PSA Group merged with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, creating Stellantis, was the status of Maserati. It remains a stand-alone company.
Maserati, with just 16,900 global sales last year, is the smallest of Stellantis' 14 brands, but its position in the market allows it to set the standard for the company when it comes performance and price.
An example of this is the MC20 coupe, which squeezes out 630 hp from its twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 engine, and starts at 215,000 euro in Italy.
To stand out in the increasingly crowded supercar sector Maserati leveraged its operational independence, giving its engineers in Modena the responsibility of developing the MC20's chassis and engine.
Maserati was also in charge of the car's design. The only external contribution came from Italian racing specialist Dallara, which helped with taerodynamics.
One of the boldest decisions Maserati made was to fit the MC20 with a V-6 engine instead of a V-8, which has been the brand's preferred powerplant for decades.
Giving up two cylinders didn't sacrifice power, as the 3.0-liter Nettuno engine pumps out 630 hp and 730 newton meters (538 pound feet) of torque, resulting in a 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph) time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 326 kph.
To create Stellantis' most powerful engine, with an astonishing output of 210 hp per liter, Maserati had to develop its own combustion system, called Maserati Twin Combustion, which is capable of adapting to all operating conditions.