• Nov 18th 2006 at 8:16PM
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Maserati seems to be pertually operating at the brink, which makes the replacements for the current Italdesign-Giugiaro Coupe and Spyder a pair of ultra important vehicles for the historic automaker. Winding Road has commissioned a rendering that shows what it thinks the coupe, likely to be called the Mistral (a cold northerly wind from Southern France and successor to the 3500GT), will look like when it goes on sale in mid-2007.
Follow the jump for more info on what to expect from Maserati's new coupe and cabrio.

[Source: Winding Road]

The new coupe and spyder will be based on the Quattroporte sedan, the former being a true 2+2 and the latter a coupe-cabriolet with folding hardtop and only two seats. The cars will be lighter thanks to carbon composite and aluminum body panels. They will also have more power thanks to an enlarged version of the current 4.2-liter V8 expected to produce more than 500 horsepower from 4.5-liters of displacement. The Cambiocorsa shifter is also out, with a new sequential manual six-speed by ZF and a traditional six-speed standard. The design is pure Italian sex, with a little bit of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and styling cues from Porsche thrown in (I think they swiped those taillights from my Oldsmobile Alero, though). Surprisingly, Maserati will be aiming the Mistral squarely at the 911 family. If it's a hit, Maserati will be able to take a few steps back from the brink.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't like it. It looks too much like Maserati's current coupe. Maserati needs to be bold and come up with a creative design. Make what you will of the Ferrari 360 or the 599, but they were different; Maseratis are getting to be as exciting as a Detroit Lions game.
      • 8 Years Ago
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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, this isn't a "rendering" as much as a photoshopped Frankenstein. If you don't see a whole lotta Cayman in that picture, you're blind.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't think that is very accurate. I haven't seen the actual car (unlike some people) but I understand it has a low gaping concave grill. The sides and back of this are also apparently wrong (just going off the reactions of people on f-chat who have seen the car and were commenting on this rendering).
      I think it also has a 4.7L V8 - just like the one in the Alfa 8C - not a 4.5. It is likely the first version at Geneva will be a 4.2L with a GS featuring the 4.7 and coming later. I think the car will be a lot larger and likely more of a competitor with the Bentley Conti GT. It will have 2 versions, a large 4 seat coupe, and a convertible. Supposedly it will have a 6 spd auto as standard and a cambio box as an option.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That photochop is horrible, how come each time I see one, they use like a G35 as a basis or something. This time however the base car is a BMW, since the car has the distictive C pillar Hofmeister kink.