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2021 Maserati MC20 - What We Know

2021 Maserati MC20 - What We Know

Maserati’s return to the sports car realm looks very good, even under wraps

Back in March, Maserati announced that the upcoming MC20 was ready to hit the world’s roads and tracks as pre-production testing kicked off. We also saw a lot of pictures of test mules doing their thing, coupled with all sorts of hearsay looking to fill the blanks Maserati left after revealing some of the MC20’s traits of character. Here’s all we know up to this point.

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2018 Maserati Levante GTS

2018 Maserati Levante GTS

A Ferrari V-8 under the hood makes it just that much better

Maserati’s full-size luxury performance SUV was first unveiled as the Kubang concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011. The production model was then officially unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show as the Levante. When it finally broke cover, the details were impressive - the exterior was pure Italian premium goodness, the cabin was opulent and well-appointed, and a sizable dose of adrenaline lay in wait under the hood. Now, there’s even more fun to be had with the release of the go-faster Levante GTS, which promises tons of performance cues both inside and out, as well as Ferrari-style grunt with every stab of the loud pedal.

Revealed at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K., the Levante GTS is offered as the penultimate model in the Levante lineup, slotting in just below the Levante Trofeo. As such, the GTS looks to bring much of the same good stuff, but without the over-the-top approach of the SUV flagship. Read on to find out how it manages a balancing act like that.

Updated 07/13/2018: The Maserati Levante GTS is here! Check out our full written review below.

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2015 Maserati Alfieri Roadster

2015 Maserati Alfieri Roadster

If you thought we were a little smitten with Maserati’s latest concept, the 2014 Alfieri, you’d be right. We’ve got every finger and toe crossed hopping the automaker pushes the Alfieri into production. But what could be better than a V-8-powered Italian supermodel with looks that kill? A roadster version, of course.

TopSpeed’s rendering genius sketched up this beautiful drop-top Alfieri concept to show what the possibilities might hold. Based on a shortened version of the GranTurismo and using its same 4.7-liter V-8 making 460 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, the Alfieri Roadster makes a perfect competitor to the Jaguar F-Type Roadster.

The Alfieri’s long hood, high rear haunches, and sloping rear deck look perfectly suited for roadster duty. The rear seats of the coupe’s 2+2 design remain and an integrated third brakelight peaks out from just behind them. The rear fascia looks much the same with its huge vents, thin taillights, and dual exhaust pipes. Not much has changed up front with that distinctive Maserati grille and Trident leading the way.

Since we’re already speculating, it’s safe to guess on the top’s construction. It really depends on how Maserati decides to market the Alfieri Roadster (if ever). Will it be more luxury oriented or performance minded? Like the Jaguar F-Type, it could employ a soft top and thereby saving weight and complexity or the Alfieri may use a convertible hard top like the BMW Z4, cutting down on road noise and adding security. Either way, we’ve got a second Maserati to be wishing for.

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Maserati Plans Two New Sports Cars in the Near Future

Maserati Plans Two New Sports Cars in the Near Future

It looks like in the upcoming years, the Porsche 911 is going to gain a lot more competitors. The latest one will come from Maserati and will be revealed sometime in 2016.

Contrary to previous rumors, this new sports car won’t be a mid-engine model; instead, we are going to see "a front-engine model in a 2+2 configuration, with more compact dimensions than the GranTurismo." The new model is currently known as the "Shamal" (or GranSport) and will only be offered with V-6 engines. It will be priced somewhere in the $110-$150K area and will be offered as a direct competitor to the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-type and Audi R8.

The new model will be built on a lightweight modular aluminum structure and the base version will deliver about 300 horsepower, while the top version will go up to 400 horsepower. An MC Stradale version will also be offered with an output of about 450 horsepower.

Also, sometime in 2015 we are going to see a new sports car launched by the Italian company in the form of a successor for the current GranTurismo.

The GranTurismo successor will be built on the same platform as the upcoming Ghibli sedan and will be a little bit lighter than the current generation. Under the hood, we will see a Ferrari- designed 4.0-liter bi-turbo unit with the output ranging from 460 horsepower in the base version and up to 600 horsepower for the MC Stradale version.

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Spy Shots: Maserati Ghibli Goes out for Another Testing Session

Spy Shots: Maserati Ghibli Goes out for Another Testing Session

The upcoming Maserati Ghibli has been taken out for another testing session, most likely the last one before the car’s official debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. The new Ghibli will take on models like Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series.

Ghibli will be built on a shorter Quattroporte platform and will be offered with both turbocharged V-6 engine as well as the new V-8 engine borrowed from the larger Quattroporte. Both engines will be mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. We expect to see the same performance numbers as in the Quattroporte — the V-6 should boast a 177 mph top speed and the V-8 may hit 191 mph.

The base version will be priced at about $68k and the top version will be about 20 percent more expensive. Full details will be unveiled next month during its official debut in Shanghai.

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2015 Maserati GranTurismo

2015 Maserati GranTurismo

Just a few days ago we brought you a first rendering of the next-generation Maserati GranCabrio. Today is time to take a first look at its coupe sibling — the GranTurismo. Both models are part of Maserati’s bold plans of increasing its sales number to a total of 50,000 units a year — an impressive jump over the current 6,159 units.

Few details are known at this point about the next sports coupe, but who said we can’t speculate a little, right? The model will be smaller than the one it replaces and our rendering reveals a more aggressive design language. Up front we will see all-new headlamps, a redesigned front grille, a larger lip spoiler and larger air intakes. On the rear, Maserati will place redesigned taillights, a discrete rear spoiler and new tailpipes.

Under the hood, rumor has it that Maserati will place the company’s new V-8 engine developed by Ferrari at Maranello.

Just like with the GranCabrio version, the second-generation GranTurismo will be unveiled in 2014 with sales to being in early 2015.

Image Note: The above image is a TopSpeed rendering of the new GranTurismo and is not an official image.

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2015 Maserati GranCabrio

2015 Maserati GranCabrio

As previously reported, Maserati’s future looks quite promising and by 2015, the company hopes to raise its sales number to a total of 50,000 units a year. That’s quite a jump from the last year’s 6,159 units. For Maserati, those numbers aren’t just a pipedream and it has invested big in adding three new models to its lineup, plus all-new GranCabrio and GranTurismo models.

It’s still too early to have any details on the next GranCabrio, but rumors suggested it will be smaller than the current model and, of course, will feature an updated design language and a new engine lineup.

Our rendering for the next GranCabrio (above) reveals all-new headlamps, a redesigned front grille, a larger spoiler lip, larger air intakes and a sleeker profile.

Under the hood, we will most likely see the new V-8 engine developed by Ferrari at Maranello. This engine will allow the sports convertible to be more powerful and more fuel efficient.

Expect to see the next-generation GranCabrio unveiled in 2014 with sales to begin in 2015.

Image Note: The above image is a TopSpeed rendering of the new GranCabrio and is not an official image.

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Spy shots: 2014 Maserati Ghibli Caught Testing for the First Time

Spy shots: 2014 Maserati Ghibli Caught Testing for the First Time

The last time we have caught the 2014 Maserati Ghibli testing it nothing more than a modified Quattroporte body. Today, however, the first real prototype for the new, smaller Maserati has been spied and we have the images for you!

Maserati engineers have camouflaged this prototype to look like the old Quattroporte test cars we saw early in 2012, but they couldn’t foul anyone. At a quick comparison, it is clear that this Ghibli test car is not as long as the Quattroporte test cars, with the most noticeable length difference being at the rear doors. It is also easy to notice that just like with the Quattroporte test cars from last year, this Ghibli test car is features fake camouflage panels on the rear half of the roofline.

The upcoming Ghibli is codenamed "M157" and will aim to compete with models like BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class. It is rumored that the next Ghibli will be built on a modified version of the Chrysler 300 chassis and will be feature more Chrysler technology than Maserati.

Under the hood it will be feature a turbocharged version of Chrysler’s 3.5-liter Pentastar V-6 with an output of about 375 to 400 horsepower. Along with the V-6, Maserati will also offer the same Ferrari-sourced V-8 used in the new Quattroporte. Both engines will be mated to an 8-speed, ZF transmission.

Expect to see the new Maserati Ghibli launched sometime in 2013.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Maserati Quattroporte Drops Cammo

Spy Shots: 2014 Maserati Quattroporte Drops Cammo

We’ve caught the sixth generation Maserati Quattroporte testing many times, but each time, the car was still heavily camouflaged. Well, not anymore! Today, our spy photographers have caught the car testing somewhere in Italy and, as seen in the images, the prototype is in less cladding then ever before.

The new Quattroporte will be moved to an entirely new rear-wheel drive platform that will use lightweight aluminum in an attempt to reduce the car’s total weight. On the exterior, it will adopt a much sharper design with elements inspired by the latest GranTurismo models.

Rumors say that the new Quattroporte will be offered with two new engines developed by Ferrari at the Maranello factory: a turbocharged V8 engine and a supercharged V6 engine, both mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Maserati Quattroporte’s official specifications will be announced in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!

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Say Hello to the 2013 Maserati GranCabrio MC

As promised, the 2013 Maserati GranCabrio MC Stradale will be making its official debut next week at the Paris Auto Show, but unfortunately for Maserati, someone couldn’t manage to keep the car a secret. We have found the first images of the next GranCabrio MC leaked onto the internet in their beautiful drop-top glory.

As expected, the GranCabrio version looks identical to the GranTurismo MC Stradale version, except for its convertible roof. These leaked images didn’t have any specifications attached to them, but we expect the GranCabrio MC to feature the same technologies as its coupe counterpart. This means that it is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 450 HP. Performance numbers won’t be as impressive as the coupe since the convertible adds a bit more weight, but it shouldn’t stray too far from the coupe’s 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds or its top speed of 186 mph. Its engine will also be mated to an electro-actuated six-speed manual gearbox that can shift gears in only 60 milliseconds (0.06 seconds) thanks to its computer control and optimized gear selection.

More details on the 2013 Maserati GranCabrio MC Stradale will be unveiled next week. Stay tuned!

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Video: 2013 Maserati Quattroporte caught road testing in camouflage

Video: 2013 Maserati Quattroporte caught road testing in camouflage

The new Maserati Quattroporte has been making quite the rounds in public recently. Two months ago, we saw the Italian automaker’s flagship luxury sedan putting in some work at Ferrari’s Fiorano race circuit and now a new sighting of the Quattroporte at the Brenner motorway near the Italian border has been captured on video by the folks from Autoblog.it.

Prior reports have claimed that the Quattroporte will carry a turbocharged V8 engine under its hood. While we won’t know for sure until the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, there are also rumors flying around that one powertrain option will be a 4.7-liter V8 engine that can produce 475 horsepower and will be mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

This video captured of the new Quattroporte doesn’t come close enough to warrant an audible sound of the engine, but the previous spy video seems to suggest that there could be some "turbo-ness" to the Quattrporte’s engine.

Stick around these pages and we’ll be sure to have more updates of Maserati’s new flagship, luxury sedan in the coming months leading up to its debut in Detroit next year. There’s something about this car that we feel has yet to be revealed and we’re no less excited than all of you to find out what it could be.

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Spy Shots: Maserati Levante mule caught testing

Spy Shots: Maserati Levante mule caught testing

A future baby Quattroporte has been churning the rumor-mill for awhile, but we can finally say that Maserati has started intensive testing of the future baby sedan. Rumored to be called "Levante," the smaller Quattroporte will be looking to trample the sales of the Mercedes E-Class, the Audi A6, and the BMW 5-Series when it comes out in late 2013.

What we have in these spy shots is a mule of the upcoming model, not the real deal and not just some random Quattroporte. The wheels don’t really fit into the wheel arches, especially at the front wheel - a clear sign for a shorter wheel base. We can also see that the brakes are smaller than the ones we have seen on all of the Quattroporte prototypes.

The upcoming Maserati Levante will be offered with both V6 and V8 engines, connected to a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. We’re really hoping that the V6 engine will be a new unit developed in cooperation with Ferrari and not by Chrysler Pentastar.

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2014 Maserati Quattroporte revealed in patent drawings

2014 Maserati Quattroporte revealed in patent drawings

The many spy shots we have seen for the next generation Maserati Quattroporte have all been heavily camouflaged, leaving us completely unsatisfied. Thankfully, some internet ninjas have found a series of patent drawings registered at the European Patent Office of the new Maserati Quattroporte, so we can get a somewhat clearer view of the future luxury sedan.

The patent drawings reveal that the next Quattroporte will get a new exterior design language, just as Maserati already promised we’d see. There will be a much sharper front-styling inspired by the Kubang concept car unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and the same tail-light design as revealed by the spy shots.

As for what we already know, the new Quattroporte will be moved to an entirely new rear-wheel drive platform that will use lightweight aluminum extensively to reduce the total weight by about 330 lbs. Under the hood, we will see a supercharged V6 and a twin-turbocharged V8 engine.

The new Maserati Quattroporte will be making its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, so stay tuned!

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2014 Maserati GranSport

2014 Maserati GranSport

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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Spy Shots: Maserati Quattroporte Drops Some Camouflage

Spy Shots: Maserati Quattroporte Drops Some Camouflage

The next generation Maserati Quattroporte has been caught testing one more time around the Nurburgring race track and from the spy shots taken, we can see that it has dropped some of its camouflage to reveal more of its goodies.

The most important change for the new Quattroporte will be its new platform that will help the sedan save a few pounds. It will take its design inspiration from the brand’s latest models, the GranTurismo coupe and convertible. On the exterior, the Maserati will receive a completely new design, but the current grille treatment will remain the same. The interior will get improved technology and a more luxurious treatment.

Another change will be the luxury sedan’s power source which will be found in two completely new engines, both built by Ferrari at the Maranello factory. At its official launch, the new Maserati Quattroporte will be offered with a turbocharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 520 HP, while the second engine - a 420 HP supercharged V6 engine - will arrive at a later date. Both engines will be mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission that will send the engine’s power to the rear wheels as standard or to all four wheels as an option.

The new generation Maserati Quattroporte will make its official at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

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2014 Maserati Quattroporte Spied Near The Nurburgring

2014 Maserati Quattroporte Spied Near The Nurburgring

Maserati has been furiously working on a facelifted version of the Quattroporte for many months now, and finally the first genuine driving footage has been released when the car was recently snapped cruising the streets near and around the Nurburgring.

As the 2014 Quattroporte isn’t set for a release until 2013, very little details have been released about the car. However, enough have been rumored to the point where they’re beginning to sound very convincing.

First off, reports suggest that the Quattroporte will ride on a brand new platform predominantly implemented to save a few pounds, while also enhancing comfort, control, and rigidity. Furthermore, the new Quattroporte is rumored to be offered with both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive layouts, and the latter has left us scratching our heads a bit.

Sure, Quattroporte may mean ‘four doors’ rather than ‘four-wheel drive’, but we’re very surprised a front-wheel drive version will be offered rather than a rear-wheel drive layout. After all, the Quattroporte’s biggest competitor the BMW M5 is RWD, and there’s no questioning the success of that car. Furthermore, the Porsche Panamera is also offered in RWD and AWD.

Nevertheless, the 2014 Quattroporte is shaping up to be a suitable facelift for the dated car, and with the car set to retain a big 4.7-liter V8 engine, 470HP is on the cards and this could easily be increased for sport variants further down the track.

The aforementioned video does depict a very nice engine and exhaust note, but don’t expect any rapid changes in the styling department, as Maserati will likely only add or remove a handful of exterior and interior components.

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Spy Shots: Maserati Quattroporte tests at the Nurburgring

Spy Shots: Maserati Quattroporte tests at the Nurburgring

A couple of weeks ago, the next generation Maserati Quattroporte was making its rounds testing in the cold weather when it took a few turns on an icetrack in Northern Sweden. Now, it has graduated to taking some quick laps at the Nurburgring in Germany and our spy photographers were there to capture it in action. Maserati’s testing for the new Quattroporte is hard and intensive, so it should definitely be ready when it launches at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.

As previously reported, the new generation Quattroporte will grow to make room for the "baby Quattroporte," will still be lighter than the current model due to the use of more lightweight materials. The Maserati will receive a completely new design, but the current grille treatment will remain the same. The interior will get improved technology and a more luxurious treatment.

Under the hood, Maserati will place the same 4.7 liter V8 engine with some updates to improve the output to 475 HP. The power will go via an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox to the rear wheels or optional to all four wheels.

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Spy Shots: Maserati Quattroporte goes testing on an icetrack

Spy Shots: Maserati Quattroporte goes testing on an icetrack

Maserati is getting prepared for its major debut later this year: the new generation Quattroporte has been caught testing on an icetrack used by the Fiat Group up in the cold parts of Sweden. As you can see, the car is completely hidden under camouflage, but as previously reported the car’s new design "will be more of an evolution than a revolution."

The new Maserati Quattroporte will grow in dimensions to make room for the new baby Quattroporte, but it will still be lighter than the current model due to the use of more lightweight materials. Under the hood, Maserati will place a 4.7 liter V8 engine with some improvements made to increase the final output to 475 HP and to reduce fuel economy by about 15%.

The power will go to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox or, as an option, to all four wheels. Only time will tell if these changes are enough to give the German power sedans a run for their money.

The official debut of the new Maserati Quattroporte will be made later this year at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

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2013 Maserati GranCabrio Sport

2013 Maserati GranCabrio Sport

Maserati announced the launch of the new Granturismo Sport as a replacement for the current GranTurismo S and while no official confirmation has been made, we are pretty sure a convertible will follow shortly. The GranCabrio version will most likely arrive a year after the Granturismo Sport and will feature the same design language and engine as the coupe version.

This means we will see the same new front bumper that optimizes the front air flow for both the engine and brake cooling, DRL Led headlights, and smoked tail lights. This aggressive appearance will be further enhanced by the new 4.7 liter V8 engine that has been tricked to deliver a total of 460 HP. The 0 to 60 mph sprint time will remain in the 4.8 seconds area, but the car will be a bit heavier because of its soft-top roof mechanism.

We will keep you posted with new details on the Maserati GranCabrio Sport as soon as they become available.

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