Let’s forget about the MC20 for a second, shall we?

You could argue that the arrival of Maserati’s MC20 sports car has been a sort of breath of fresh air for the Italian carmaker. While every static review, vlog, or walkaround of the MC20 has been ecstatic (pun intended), there have been people arguing that the MC20 is far from the animal we knew as the MC12.

However, perhaps some of the naysayers could be silenced if Maserati decided to build this GT Targa.

What’s in a name?

Maserati Needs to Build Cars Like This GT Targa Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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As we all know, Porsche was the first carmaker to coin the Targa name in 1966, when it launched the 911 Targa.

The name itself is still a Porsche AG trademark to this day and it basically marks a car with a removable roof section and a full width roll bar positioned behind the seats. It also comes from the famed Targa Florio race, where Porsche enjoyed quite the success.

At the same time, Maserati also did its fair share of Targa Florio racing. With plenty of success, too. So in a way, calling this study design GT Targa makes a lot of sense.

Maserati Needs to Build Cars Like This GT Targa Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Penned by Samuele Errico Piccarini, the Maserati Gran Turismo Targa was in fact the designer’s collaboration project with FCA during his Transportation Design degree at IED Turin. Which means Samuele must have had a lot of guidance from his teachers, and this sort of input is reflected in the GT Targa’s looks.

We get no info on what might lie under the hood, so we’ll go for the usual suspect, namely Maserati’s new Nettuno engine that debuted in the MC20. The twin-turbocharged V-6 mill makes 621 horsepower and displaces three liters. It also features a F1-inspired twin-spark pre-chamber ignition system and cranks out 538 pound-feet of torque.

Maserati MC20 vs Maserati MC12 - specifications
Maserati MC20 Maserati MC12
Engine 3.0-liter V-6,twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12
Horsepower 630 HP 621 HP
Torque 538 LB-FT 481 LB-FT
Maserati Needs to Build Cars Like This GT Targa Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Knowing Maserati, the Nettuno engine will most likely be a very skilled “singer” which makes it even more suitable for a hypothetical Targa-style GT.

Source: Samuele Errico Piccarini via Behance

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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