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."
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
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.
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
Ronchi knows that in order to achieve its sales target of 12,000 units in 2011, his company will need an additional model. Although an SUV to compete with the Cayenne was tipped to be the way forward, Ronchi says a new sportscar positioned underneath the GranTurismo, which grew significantly in size over the Coupe it effectively replaced, is the better choice. The design students from Turin just might have the right idea with their upcoming Chicane concept.
There have been a lot of spy shots surfacing recently of two-door Maserati test mules, and they haven't all been consistent, with some appearing as Quattroporte sedans with the rear doors missing and others looking like something entirely new. A possible (and we hope, true) answer to the puzzle: Maserati has got not one, not even two, but three new two-door models under development.
It's a Friday and the torrent of news has slowed to a trickle after Ford's WF 2.0 announcement this morning, so we've begun grasping at straws and give you this post coming out of Maserati. The Italian marque doesn't have much going on for the Paris Motor Show but displaying its latest and greatest vehicles: the GransSport MC Victory, Quattroporte Executive GT, Quattroporte Sport GT, and an MC12 racer. But Maserati does have one car that will be showing off something new, the GranSport "Contempo
Maserati has announced that it's throwing its hat in the 'Ring, literally. The Italian marque will be fielding a pair of racers next month in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance race to held on June 17th. The factory team will be running a GranSport 'Labortorio' based on Maserati's entrant in GT racing and another car more closely resembling the road-going GranSport model with modifications limited to a stronger suspension and the requisite fuel supply and refilling hardware. Drivers include a