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Maserati plans mid-engine V8

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By Metcalfe

11th June

Maserati has a rival for the new Porsche 911 GT3 up its — a mid-engined, V8-powered supercar

Artist rendering: Jan

Maserati is planning to launch an sports car with a mid-mounted V8 Likely to appear in 2015 the GranSport name, the new model is set to a new level of performance to the Italian

In an exclusive interview with Maserati boss Harold said he wanted the car to be the most expression of Maserati sportiness . And the inspiration – from both a and a marketing point of view – is Imagine having something the Alfa Romeo 4C but for Maserati, Wester. It would have a monocoque and a mid-engined layout, like the Alfa 4C, as this the stylists the most freedom to something really stunning.

Wester is CEO of both Maserati and Romeo, and following the overwhelmingly reaction to the 4C since it was first at the 2011 Geneva motor he now clearly wants to bring of the same magic to Maserati. The is already committed to launching a new a smaller saloon and the production of the Kubang SUV concept over the few years, and the new mid-engined car would be a model for the whole range, Wester already calling it the new . (The GranSport name was used on a high-performance version of the Coupe between 2004 and review here .)

As our artist s rendering shows, the new car be considerably bigger than the 4C. That’s because, as Wester it would be powered by Maserati s 4.7-litre V8 (from the new GranTurismo ) instead of the turbocharged transverse unit that will the Alfa. The V8 would be mounted meaning a significantly longer would be needed, with going to the rear wheels via a twin-clutch transmission, conceivably the transmission that s currently in the Ferrari 458 Italia .

Wester said the GranSport be about 4.4 metres in length, it would be nearly as long as the He also hinted that would investigate the use of alternative possibly including the next-gen engine that we ll see in the new Quattroporte. that, he said a substantially version of the current naturally 4.7 V8 would be ‘the perfect for this ultra-sporting Maserati, a stay of execution for a unit thought to be on the way out.

With construction, likely to include the use of carbonfibre, the GranSport would a dry weight of around 1200kg, it considerably lighter than its supercar competition (a Ferrari 458 1485kg). Wester is also to offer the car with a very price tag that – if delivered – undercut many rivals.

I want this car to be better to than a 911 Turbo, but I also it to cost less, he said. We limit the production of this but I’d like to think that we sell, let’s say, 1500 and 2000 units a

And, if it gets the green the GranSport won’t just be in road-going guise. Maserati has run popular one-make race for gentlemen amateurs and, the GranTurismo set to go out of production in late the arrival of the new GranSport the following would be perfectly timed for it to the new star of a Trofeo series.

At the moment the new car is still only a – but with the enthusiastic backing of the CEO, there’s an excellent that something very will make production. And if is able to deliver on his price and promises then we should be at a sub-£100K car that has the 991-generation 911 GT3 as its closest rival. That it an enticing proposition – and a car with far appeal to hardcore enthusiasts the current (good but heavy) MC Stradale .

‘I want this new to define the sporty end of the Maserati said Wester. ‘We have a of building very sporty and I’d like that to continue in the

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