We're not expecting to see a production version of the coming mid-engined Maserati coupe, expected to be named GranSport, for another few years; however, we might see it in concept form in just a few weeks at the Paris Motor Show. Australian site Car Advice got hold of an e-mail Maserati sent to friends of the Trident, and the first of the six cars mentioned is a "world premiere of a car that opens up new frontiers in terms of exclusiveness, performance and style."

Car Advice says it has been told that this will be a concept form of the GranSport, the GranTurismo replacement set to take on the Porsche 911 with ample use of carbon fiber and a 1,200-kilogram (2,600-pound) curb weight or thereabouts. The GranTurismo's 4.7-liter V8 hasn't been ruled out of the engine bay yet according to reports, but rumors persist that it will use the Ferrari-sourced twin-turbo V6 with 442 horsepower running power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and have a 0-60 time of something like four seconds.

We can't see the full content of the e-mail, but among the other five cars that have been announced for the stand are the GranTurismo Sport and GranTurismo MC Stradale. With the 2014 Quattroporte not appearing until the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the Kubang concept said to be retired before the debut of the production version at the 2014 Detroit show and the Levante still just a wee mule, guesses for the three remaining three would be variations on current models. Not that there's anything wrong with that when it's Maserati we're talking about...

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take a MC Stradale any day. The sounds coming from it are some of the best in the World.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maserati: Love them, but they're for people who can't afford Ferraris and only kind of like cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ehh 120+k for a car is not exactly food stamps. If your spending that kind of cash for an Italian performance car then you probably are more of an enthusiast than your average Camry "SE" buyer.
          Jonathan Wayne
          • 3 Years Ago
          I generally agree with you although my neighbor just bought his 21 year old daughter a Gran Turismo and she is no car enthusiast and neither is their daughter. He drives a BMW 535 and his wife a Lexus RX.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maserati can't touch Porsche and with Fiat's declining revenues it will be a while until they're even in the same zip code.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's that hideous SUV with a CX-5 front end and Q5 rear.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How they are gonna replace 4 seats grand tourer with a 2 seater mid-engine super car? I think the gransport will not replace the gt, but it will be a new car in the maserati lineup
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