Auto Express reports the new Maserati GranSport may bow with a twin-turbo V6 engine good for more than 450 horsepower. Designed by Ferrari, the engine will show up in a range over other models, including the Quattroporte and the Kubang utility vehicle (whatever it is actually named). Paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the engine should have no trouble hustling the GranSport around your favorite track. As we've heard before, the GranSport will be based roughly on the Alfa Romeo 4C you see above. The report also suggests Maserati will work to keep the chassis fairly light with a target curb weight of 2,600 pounds thanks to its carbon fiber construction. That little mix sounds like a good time to us.

Unfortunately, it will be a spell before we see any more than a few renderings. The Maserati GranSport isn't expected to debut until 2015 or later. The company is currently pouring resources into getting the Kubang to market first.

Once the GranSport does hit the market, it will find itself in heady company. Odds are the machine will have to stare down a revised Porsche 911 and a next-generation Audi R8 at the same time. No pressure, Maserati.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting note: Chrysler just posted a job opening for a High-performance V-6 program supervisor...
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's pretty interesting. The 911 is elevated to such a high status for two reasons. One, very few cars have a similar formula. Two, journalists for some strange reason, still insist on comparing apples to oranges. No V6 toting, turbo charged, front engine, luxury moniker vehicle is going to be cross shopped with a Porsche 911. Yes, it is very light, which is amazing, but I'm willing to guarantee the price is going to be heavy, and the whole package will not be comparable to the long standing german consumer race car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I said it in the last post about this car... Forget Maserati and just put the hi-po power in this beautiful car.
      Mark S
      • 2 Years Ago
      There has been a bit of discussion on about the next SRT engine and what will evolve in the Pentastar V6 (twin turbo?) Given that Fiat owns a major portion of Chrysler and Maserati, it would seem to be a logical evolution. And, yeah I agree, the Alfa 4C isn't beautiful, but it's an Alfa, not a Maserati, or a Viper (which is good looking, IMO)
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark S
        I read that all on allpar too. I am betting it is a twin turbo pentastar V6 too.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a hyundai tiburon. That's not a good thing.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has anyone bothered to mention that the Alfa 4C (photo shown) is NOT a good-looking car? For its size and scale, there are just too many elements that were crammed into the length of the vehicle. A simpler design would have been attractive, but the 4C looks like a longer car sqwished-down into a short wheelbase . . . and not very successfully either!
        Bill Burke
        • 2 Years Ago
        Some may agree with your accessment, but many, like myself would not. IMO the style is busy/interesting and bold/aggressive, just the right styling cues for a new and "destinct from the crowd" sports car. The engineering plans for this car really set it apart too.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bill Burke
          The 4c seems a bit busy to my eyes. Maybe Alfa is trying to replicate the success of the Montreal design? :)
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 4c is supposed to use a version of the next gen Miata platform... I think we've got a good bit of a wait before we see any of these cars.
        Thomas D Hilton III
        • 2 Years Ago
        NO IT ISNT GOING TO BE BASED OF THE MIATA!!! damn people read. the 4C is practially ready right now. The Alfa SPYDER will probably use the Miata platform.....
      • 2 Years Ago
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