Maserati MC12

If you've gotten used to Maserati being centered around two model lines – GranTurismo and Quattroporte – based on the same platform, get ready to broaden your horizons as the Modenese automaker does the same. Maserati has a vast array of new products in the pipeline, including a pair of new sedans and a new SUV set to be built in Detroit, plus production of the 4C sportscar for sister-company Alfa Romeo. And now reports are emerging that its long-rumored plans to take on the Porsche 911 with a new sportscar are coming to fruition.

According to the reports from Italy fueled by comments attributed to Maserati CEO Harald J. Wester, the model could revive the GranSport – a name last used on the ultimate iteration of the 4200 GT coupe that preceded the current GranTurismo. Only this time, it would be a mid-engined V8 supercar similar in approach to the Audi R8.

If that sounds suspiciously close to the Ferrari 458 Italia, the rumors suggest that it would undercut its big brother's price at under $200k. After all, the sister brands didn't seem to have any trouble bringing the Maserati GranCabrio and Ferrari California into the same arena, or to turning the Enzo into the MC12 – pictured above – the last mid-engined supercar the Trident marque produced. Which gives us hope that this particular product of the rumormill could amount to something. And when we're talking about mid-engined supercars from Italy, that could be a very good thing indeed.