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by Jez Spinks

A new two-seater sports car from Maserati is set to make its world debut at late September’s 2012 Paris motor show.

The rival to the likes of the Porsche 911 and what will be its sister car, the Ferrari 458, has been the subject of strong hints from Maserati this year, and company sources have told CarAdvice this is the mystery model Maserati has teased in an electronic direct mail to Maserati owners.

In the bulletin (below) obtained by CarAdvice, Maserati has revealed its six models at Paris will include “the world premiere of a car that opens up new frontiers in terms of exclusiveness, performance and style”.

The new Maserati is likely to make the debut in concept form ahead of an on-sale date not expected for two or three years, possibly as a direct replacement for the 2+2 seater GranTurismo coupe in the Trident badge’s line-up.

The supercar is tipped to revive the GranSport name, be constructed by significant amounts of carbon fibre like its donor car, the upcoming Alfa Romeo 4C, and adopt a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout.

Maserati’s 4.7-litre V8 from the current GranTurismo is one engine mooted, but the hotter money is on a twin-turbocharged V6 being developed by Ferrari – for both brands.

The bi-turbo V6, putting out about 330kW, would be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that would be the company’s first use of the quick-shifting transmission and borrowed from Ferrari.

With a target weight of about 1200kg, sub-4.0-second performance should be guaranteed.

The two-seater sports car is part of Maserati’s grand plans to boost annual sales volumes to 10,000, with the supercar accounting for up to a fifth of that figure.

A Maserati SUV will also launch in 2014 as a crucial model. It was previewed as long ago as 2003 by the Maserati Kubang concept and is expected to be called the Cinqueporte (for five doors).

The next-generation Maserati Quattroporte (four doors) sedan is due in 2013.


  • Noddy of Toyland

    Yummy, I love Maserati, the upcoming models should be crackers.

  • Ken Piaggio

    I do not like the sound of this being a ‘direct replacement’ of the 2+2 Coupe. The 2+2 Coupe and Cabrio could do with some of the features mentioned for this model. There is room for both configurations

  • Maseratiguy

    Please, Please offer a manual!

  • Gaza

    no way it will replace 2+2. Maserati factory is inside Modena city limits so can’t be expanded. New Quattroporte big and (new) medium models are moving to ex-Bertone factory near Milan,  as volume will be too high for the Modena factory (which can’t expand). So Maserati need to add volume back into Modena factory or they will have industrial trouble / lose experienced staff, This will be an additional model to be built after the Alfa model is no longer built, or maybe in parallel. I was in Modena just recently, and it is almost certain to happen.

  • Gaza

    can’t believe what a stupid article this was … a carbon fibred chassis is going to replace the current 2+2 range ? … the most idiotic reporting I’ve read for ages … the joke was this twaddle was picked by 1/2 the world’s media as gospel. What we got of course was another Grancabrio type model … chasing volume for the Modena factory …
    Modena models are going to get the same Chrysler derived chassis as the new Quattroporte and Ghibli models in Turin to REDUCE costs … not send them to Venus ….
    anyway as I said b4 this supercar will almost certainly happen, they need volume at Modena … as the Quattroporte has moved elsewhere. Hopefully it will be achingly beautiful like the Bora and Merak … not look like a kitcar copy of a Lotus like the Alfa 4C …