The rumor mill has been churning out tidbits about Maserati’s new mid-engined sports car for a little while now. Propositioned as the GranSport, this new Maserati is expected to go on sale in 2015 and is rumored to cost about £90,000, or about $140,000 at the current exchange rates. So what’s all the fuss about?
Well, AutoExpress is saying that the new Porsche 911 competitor will be dropping the current V8 engine (yeah, Maserati and everyone else) in favor of an all-new V6 engine developed by Ferrari. Despite its lower capacity, the new engine will be both more powerful and more fuel efficient than the current 4.7-liter V8 engine. The new V6 engine will be equipped with twin turbos and will eclipse the current 450 HP output from the GranTurismo. As a result, the next GranSport will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph.
The future Maserati Gransport will be built on a modified version of the 4C’s carbon-fiber chassis and thanks to the intensive use of composite materials, it will be extremely agile.