If you're of the opinion that Maserati has gone soft, you're not alone. The company that once dominated grand prix racing and built mid-engined exotics today builds enticing, but relatively soft grand tourers with automatic transmissions. But there's a reason for that. Since it was integrated into the Fiat group, the Trident marque had to find its own place, and competing head-on with sister-company Ferrari wasn't an option.

So, Maserati's focus was altered to the point that now it's preparing to launch two new sedans and an SUV. But don't book it into a retirement community just yet, because word has it that the Modenese automaker is also working on a hardcore, mid-engined V8 sports car to bring the marque back to its roots and show the world exactly of what it is capable.

The first report on the project came in last month, and now the performance-obsessed auto scribes over at Evo say they have some more details for us. And it's already sounding drool-worthy. The lightweight supercar is to revive the GranSport name last used on the final version of the 4200-series Maserati Coupe that was replaced by the GranTurismo in 2007. The project is reportedly being driven by Harald Wester, who in addition to presiding over Maserati, is also chief executive of Alfa Romeo.

Having witnessed the enthusiasm which the 4C (pictured above in conceptual liquid-metal finish form) has drummed up for Alfa, Wester apparently wants the same for Maserati. The same sort of carbon monocoque construction would be employed, but where the 4C will use a four-cylinder engine, the GranSport would be built around the 454-horsepower 4.7-liter V8 built by Ferrari for the latest GranTurismo Sport. With weight ambitiously targeted to undercut the Ferrari 458 Italia by several hundred pounds, that could prove one devastatingly quick package.

The GranSport would also aim to undercut the 458 in price to take on the upper end of the Porsche 911 range where the Turbo and GT3 models sit. Wester says production wouldn't be limited by design, but he expects they could sell betweem 1,500 and 2,000 units per year after introducing it sometime around 2015. Selling the Fiat board on the idea, however, is another matter entirely.


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      Jules
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh my god, do it! DO IT!
      sonic_the_dreadnaught
      • 2 Years Ago
      A great looking car! If done right, I could see this taking away some Porsche buyers
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is great news...but Honda, Toyota, and even Hyundai could build the same thing for 1/2 or less, but chose not to....
        • 2 Years Ago
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      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well this is going to be an epic win . I would love to see this platform used to build a smaller cheaper Viper ala Dodge Demon or as it would probably be called now SRT Demon . This platform could also be used to make a great all new Crossfire replacement .
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well this is going to be an epic win . I would love to see this platform used to build a smaller cheaper Viper ala Dodge Demon or as it would probably be called now SRT Demon . This platform could also be used to make a great all new Crossfire replacement .
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      i think chrysler should utilize this platform as well and re-due the cross fire, but right this time.......put a fresh (american) design for the exterior, a world class interior with some good engine options mated to eight speed........and chrysler would have a winner and strong competitor in this segment......Z4, SLK, TT, etc.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        I agree with most of what you said, Lance, but the Crossfire was a very American design. Art Deco was the response to Bauhaus. The strakes through the hood, the fins coming out of the fender vents, the long hood with the rounded back-end, the silver windshield frame set off against the body color are all themes from 1930 American design in architecture, chandeliers, toasters, you name it.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see this new Alfa on the street. It first, it seems silly, the more I look, the more I like the Italian flags on the mirrors. Skip the Maserati and just pack a V8 into this thing.
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