Now that Ferrari has unveiled the new LaFerrari, Maserati is also planning a successor for the 2004 MC12 supercar. To no one’s surprise, the new supercar, if produced, will be based on the LaFerrari platform — just like the MC12 was based on the Enzo — but it won’t be a hybrid vehicle.
While the platform will definitely be shared with the LaFerrari, Maserati has two options for the powertrain. The first choice would be the same 6.3-liter V-12 engine used in the LaFerrari, but harshly detuned to avoid upsetting Papa Ferrari. The second choice would be a quad-turbocharged version of the 3.8-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine used in the Quattroporte. The latter of the two options could produce upward of 900 horsepower.
The Maserati supercar will be offered with an all-carbon-fiber body, meaning it will be lighter than the LaFerrari, but it still it won’t be able to outperform its donor in any way shape or form.
Rumors suggest the new MC12 will arrive in 2015. We’re just hopping Maserati won’t also opt for some crazy name.
With rumors floating that the development of a new Maserati MC12 based on the Ferrari F70 was underway, we contacted Maserati to confirm whether this rumor was true or not. Unfortunately, Maserati denies the development of a future supercar based on the Ferrari F70 — the spiritual successor to the Maserati MC12. On the bright side, if there is customer demand for a supercar from the Trident, the board might consider the development of one. So, fingers crossed!
The MC12 was basically the Maserati body placed atop a Ferrari Enzo chassis, with a few homemade touches. It was powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that was left behind on the Enzo’s chassis. Though the MC12 had a longer and more curvacious body than the Enzo that promised low-drag coefficient, the Enzo (F60) was faster by about 12.5 mph. Production of the MC12 ended in 2005 with only 50 examples being produced. With the rarity of the MC12, if you want to snag up one of these Maserati-modified Ferraris, it might set you back more than a million dollars.
So, with the plethora of supercars that are fueling the growth of the segment, do you think there’s place for a future Maserati supercar or not?
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Maserati MC12 Corsa is limited to only 12 units worldwide. So actually having the chance to drive one is pretty rare. But for those of you out there you happen to be from around Japan here’s a very good news: a MC12 Corsa is available for sale. The car is available for sale at Auto Portrait and they said the price is available upon request. But considering the previous units were sold for about $1,5 million, don’t expect to pay less for this one. Especially considering it features a rare color scheme and best look.
MC12 Corsa entered production in 2004 and is one of the most powerful supercars out there. It is powered by a V12 engine that delivers 755 hp. It is capable to hit a top speed of 202 mph. The car was initially offered in i "Blue Victory" color,but it could also be personalized upon request with several optional items.
Gooding and Company are preparing for an amazing auction event set to take place on Friday, January 21 2011 in Scottsdale. This event will lead to the auctioning off of many supercars belonging to the estate of renowned collector Benny Caiola. Although many supercars will be in attendance and hoping to be sold to a good home, the two most prized pieces will be the 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione and a 2005 Maserati MC 12.
The 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione is one of 30 FXX examples of Ferrari’s most advanced production car ever created. It is powered by a 6262 cc V12 engine that delivers 860 hp at 9500 rpm and is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, while top speed goes up to an impressive 249 mph.
The 2005 Maserati MC 12 was purchased direct from the factory and is vehicle number 31 of the 50 built. It is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers an impressive 624 HP and can exceed 205mph at full throttle, sprinting from 0 to 60mph in just 3.8 seconds.
The two models are expected to be auctioned off for more than $4 million and join a long line of other supercars ready to take the auction plunge. The list of cars includes a 1995 Ferrari F50, a 2010 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE, a 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4, and a 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster.
Press release after the jump.
While not as high-profile as their counterparts in Formula One, the FIA GT1 certainly has no shortage of supercars lining up on the grid. This year, the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship will have some pretty tasty machines with a Maserati MC12 - four of them, actually - leading the parade of supercars each and every one of us would be dying to have parked in our driveways.
In addition to the quartet of MC12s participating this season, the defending champs will be challenged by a number of other high-powered beasts including Lamborghini Murcielagos, Ford GTs, Aston Martin DB9s, and Nissan GT-Rs.
Needless to say, that’s a list of cars that aren’t exactly slouches to race against so you can expect that the Maseratis will have quite a challenge on their hands in defending their GT1 title.
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A new record was smashed today. Five supercars, Enzo Ferrari, Koenigsegg CCX, Maserati MC12, Pagani Zonda F Clubsport and Porsche Carrera GT got together at the Nürburgring Nordschleife to see if any could set a new production car lap record around the 12.8 mile long circuit.
And the winner was Maserati MC12 with an incredible 7:24.29, not only fastest of the group but also setting a new production car lap record in the process. The MC12 was the heaviest car of the group, with ‘old fashioned’ steel brakes and conventional dampers, yet took them all on, and triumphed convincingly.
Second quickest was the Pagani, a bespoke creation of a small Italian niche builder, its enormous 7.3 liter Mercedes engine contributed to a remarkable time of 7:24.65.
Third quickest was the Enzo Ferrari, with a very impressive 7:25.21. It might have been able to go quicker – but the electronic dampers at the rear of the car stopped working, on two separate laps on different days. Full story
Do you have an extra 1.5 million euros in your wallet? Think ultra-rare supercars are a good investment? Good, because the first road legal MC12 Versione Corse is available for sale!
Based on the Maserati MC12 GT1, the legendary race car which won the FIA GT Manufacturers’ Championship in 2005, the MC12 Versione Corse was limited to only 12 units. This car is the first one of the series (serial number #01).
MC12 Versione Corse is powered by a V12 engine that delivers 755 at 8,000 and a peak torque of 740 at 5,500. It makes the 0 to 200 km/h (125 mph) sprint in 6.4 sec and hits a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).
Featuring a power increase of 70 hp the Maserati MC 12 Corsa customized by Edo Competition is capable to offer a top speed of 370 km/h and a sprint from 0-100 km/h un just 3.5 seconds. With a weight reduction of 100 kg due to the carbon fiber parts installed, the new vehicle features new stainless steel muffler with adjustable remote-controlled butterfly-valve, new sport suspensions, carbon fiber air intakes, new adjustable rear wing and new transmission control unit.
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Do you have an extra $1,5 million in your account? When you will have to know that a Maserati Mc12 Corsa might be a very good investment, and that you are lucky as one is for sale on eBay!
Maserati has taken the wraps of its $1.7 million supercar, a new track-only version of the World Championship-winning Maserati MC12 called the Corsa and which will only be sold to valued Maserati customers who will be restricted to using their new supercar on private track days.
MC12 Corsa is powered by a V12 engine that delivers 755 hp. It is capable of hiting a top speed of 202 mph.
The MC12 Corsa is limited to only 12 units worldwide.
If for some strange reasons you don’t like the MC12 Corsa, there is also a Ferrari Enzo for sale on eBay. So you have the chance to choose; as long you have the money!
Who is Zahir Rana? I am pretty sure there’s no need to tell you that, but just in case he is the owner of ZR Auto Exotic Sales and Performance Centre. Between many other exotics cars he owns there is the Ferrari Enzo, that seems to be his favorite one. According to the guys from Edo Competition he might be the owner of the nr. 8 of only 12 Maserati MC 12 Corsa race cars in the world.
The MC12 is powered by a 6-liter 755 hp engine and makes the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 3 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in less than 7 seconds. Top Speed? 326 km/h (203 mph)!
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