Now, in an interview with Motor Trend, Maserati CEO Harald Wester revealed more details on what the three new models will bring new on the market.
He started by saying that the current GranCabrio is too big and that the next model will shrink, slightly. In fact it looks like the next generation will be about the same size as the future Gran Sport, making it a competitor for the recently launched Jaguar F-Type and other like it.
He also pointed out that while the design for the new cars is still not finished, the next three models will be more "sporting and lighter than anything Maserati makes now.” A source told Motor Trend that the next-gen cars will be about 177 inches, which is a good bit shorter than the 192.2-inch-long GranCabrio and GranTurismo.
To achieve this downsizing, the new models will move to a considerably shortened version of the new Quattroporte and Ghibli platform. Powering these smaller sports cars will be a 404-horsepower, twin-turbo V-6 engine.
The new lineup is still more than three years away, so there is time for Maserati to change its mind.
Click past the jump to read more about the future Maserati GranCabrio.
Rumors about a new Alfa 4C-based sports car from Maserati have been circulating for quite some time now, but now in an interview with AutoCar, Maserati boss Harald Wester has revealed more details on the not-yet-confirmed Porsche 911 rival. According to Wester, a 911 competitor is a key part of the company’s future plans of improving its sales number by up to 50,000 units a year by 2015.
This potential Porsche 911 competitor — rumored to be called GranSport — may be powered by either a twin-turbo V-6 or a twin-turbo V-8 with an output between 450 and 550 horsepower. Speculation points toward he model weighing about 1,400 kg (3,086 pounds) and it is believed to come in either rear-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive versions — RWD for V-6 engine and AWD for the V-8 one.
Rumors are also suggesting that the engines will mate to a new dual-clutch auto gearbox developed by Ferrari. When it goes on sale, which is thought to be sometime in 2015, is will be priced at about £100,000 ($161,500 at the current exchange rates).
We’ll keep you updated with more details as they roll out.
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.
Last month, Maserati revealed that it is in the process of developing a new mid-engined sports car to rival the Porsche 911 . Today, in an interview with British magazine EVO, Maserati CEO Harold Wester offered a few more details on the upcoming car. The model will most likely arrive in 2015 and will be called the GranSport. Wester described it as "the most pure expression of Maserati sportiness possible."
"Imagine having something like the Alfa Romeo 4C but for Maserati," said Wester. "It would have a carbon fiber monocoque and a mid-engined layout, just like the Alfa 4C, as this gives the stylists the most freedom to design something really stunning."
He also confirmed that the new model will be powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine that will deliver a total of 454 HP. The engine will be mounted longitudinally, meaning that the car will need a much longer wheelbase than the Alfa 4C . The engine’s power will be send to the rear wheels via a new twin-clutch transmission.
Wester also said that the new model will be better than the Porsche 911, as well as cheaper. Maserati hopes to sell between 1500 and 2000 units a year.
UPDATE 07/03/2012: British magazine AutoExpress is reporting that the next GranSport will get an all-new V6 engine equipped with twin turbo that 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.
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To celebrate winning the 2005 FIA GT Manufacturers’ Cup, Maserati has launched a new limited edition model of the Maserati GranSport . The Maserati GranSport MC Victory will be officially launched at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, and will be on the market from May, with only 180 uniquely numbered units produced.
The Maserati GranSport’s normally aspirated 4,244 cm3 V8 has all the structure of the most advanced racing engines with dry sump lubrication and twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank with four valves per cylinder hydraulic tappets. The intake cams also feature variable phase timing.