Of all the one-make racing series in the world, one that has really caught our attention is the Maserati Trofeo MC World Series. We like this series because it’s pretty competitive and because it features a race version of one of the supercars we love the most: the GranTurismo.
Maserati recently lifted the covers off of the GranTurismo MC Trofeo and just as it was last year, the 2013 version is all sorts of awesome.
Some modifications have been made to the 2013 GranTurismo MC Trofeo, including the widening of the track and the reduction of the weight, dropping it down to just 1,380 kg (3,042 pounds). But for the most part, the 2013 model is still pretty similar to its predecessor, including the it carrying the same 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produces roughly 490 horsepower.
The Maserati Trofeo MC World Series season is set to kick off in France this coming April 28th. Fifteen teams have already signed up for the series and with the aim of getting twenty teams on board, organizers are poised to have a pretty stout field that could rival the 84 drivers from 24 countries who competed during the 2012 season.
Out of the shadows of Barrett-Jackson, a similar charity event was held at the Naples Winter Wine Festival in Florida recently. One of the auction pieces that drew frenzied bidding from the gathered crowd was a 2014 Maserati Quattroporte, one of the first production models of its kind to find an owner.
Having just made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the sixth-generation Quattroporte was one of the most-heavily bid-on items in the auction, generating an impressive total of $340,000. Apparently, being one of the first to own one of the early production models was more than enough reason for bidders to go gaga over it.
In the end, the $340,000 was an impressive amount, particularly because proceeds from the auction, including the amount generated from the 2014 Quattroporte auction, will benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation. All in all, the auction raised more than $8.5 million for a number of different charities, an endeavor that’s always marked with good tidings from everyone in the auto industry.
As for the new owner of the 2014 Quattroporte, you got a really good one, sir. The latest-generation Quattraporte is one awesome luxury car.
Former porn star, err, “adult film star,” Jenna Jameson hasn’t made a new flick in many years, but we are fairly certain there are plenty of her classics circulating the computer screens of men everywhere. Well, it looks like her exit from “the industry” hasn’t treated her too well, as she was stuck leasing a Maserati Quattroporte S back in 2010.
Leasing of this luxury auto is not the story though; the real story is that she hasn’t paid the $2,299 lease payment since January. Using our crack mathematical skills, that puts her six months behind and owing $13,794 in late payments.
According to a report by TMZ, the finance company, Maserati Financial Services, attempted to repo the circa $130,000 425-horsepower sedan, but were apparently unsuccessful. Now MFS is outright suing Jameson to return the vehicle and pay an astronomical $107,000 in damages.
We are a little intrigued by the $107K in damages. What kind of damages has MFS undergone from not being able to repo a $130,000 car? We understand suing for the $13,794 in back payments, late fees, and even suing for fruitless repo fees, but what else could possibly add up to that number? Plus, if Jameson can’t afford to pay a $2,300 car payment, what make MFS think it can possibly milk $107,000 out of the ex-actress? We also have to ask, who leases a car anymore?
We’ll keep an eye on this one for you and let you know when we get any more details, as they are a little scarce right now.
Maserati unveiled the GranTurismo MC Stradale at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, but the company is now bringing the North American version of the car to the New York Auto Show. It’s not exactly the street-legal machine found with the Stradale nameplate, though. This is the Maserati Corse (MC) which means we have a racing setup with no hopes to take it out on the streets. Eliminate the Stradale wording, add a new transmission and two rear seats, and you get a car that will only be sold on the US and Canadian market, strictly for track use.
The new GranTurismo MC will be the fastest production car Maserati has ever sold in the US market. It is powered by a 4.7-liter all-alloy V8 engine that delivers 443 HP at 7000rpm and and a peak torque of 376 lbs-ft at 4750rpm. This translates into enough power to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 185 mph. The MC version comes with a automatic gearbox instead of the Race Shift transmission that was used for the Stradale version.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC.
We don’t know about anyone else out there, but we think actors everywhere should be running at the chance to star in a movie with Adam Sandler. Yes, the same Adam Sandler that played a spoiled 27-year old, a volatile hockey-turned-golf player, and a little devil.
Why should people want to work with Happy Gilmore these days? Well, other than the fact that it’s Adam Sandler, it turns out he’s mighty generous to his co-stars, generous enough to each give them their own $200,000 Maserati.
After his movie Grown Ups did surprisingly well in the box-office, Sandler showed his appreciation to co-stars – and real-life buddies – Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, and Rob Schneider by giving them their own Maseratis. One for each of them, equating to roughly $800,000.
Hey, Mr. Sandler! Can we star in your next movie?
Sandler’s people were quiet on the matter, declining comment when asked about the Maserati giveaway, but in an interview with Howard Stern, Chris Rock wasted little time in confirming the reports, recounting the story of one particular morning in the Rock household. "I went outside the other day and I had a new Maserati in the driveway,” he said. “Now I think that I’m Adam Sandler’s [female dog]”.
We wouldn’t mind if Sandler gave us our own Maserati either, but we don’t know if we buy this whole thing. Generosity is one thing, but giving away $800,000 worth of new Maseratis takes the definition of a great friend to a whole new level.
You think you know your way around stocks? If you do, here’s your chance to go past talking the talk and start walking the walk. And if you’re really good, you might even walk out with a 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo Convertible.
CNBC is sponsoring the ‘Call the Close Sweepstakes’ to see who can guess the closing number for the Dow Jones Industrical Average and the S&P 500. For every day you play, you get a bigger chance of driving away with that aforementioned Maserati.
Sounds simple, right?
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The exotic Italian automaker Maserati was well represented in the Collection’s corner of the 2009 Miami Auto Show. Offering up high performance transportation solutions in both two and four door variants. Starting off with a beautiful white Quattroporte sport sedan powered by a 400 HP V8 that accelerates the luxury sedan from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.5 seconds. The high end luxury car retailers also had a pair of sporty Gran Turismo coupes flanking the more accommodating Maserati. Not only was there the standard version of the sharp nosed sports car, but also a high performance Gran Turismo S that makes use of a 440 HP 4.7 Liter screaming V8 to go along with the Italian sports car’s sleek body style.
Maserati Store has opened its doors to enthusiasts and consumers. Check out this Mens Maserati Corse Sweatshirt- perfect for cruising around in your Maserati Spyder on a cool day. The Maserati Corse is made of 100 percent cotton and can be had for approx $ 140 dollars
It isn’t often that while one is in search of the perfect Bordeaux, they can take home a Maserati — but one lucky winner has done just that during the Seventh Annual Naples Winter Wine Festival. A one-of-a-kind, custom-made Bordeaux-colored, 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Automatic netted $790,000 with profits going to the Naples Children & Education Foundation as part of the fund raising efforts of the event.
The 2007 Naples Winter Wine Festival was dominated by collections of truly rare (...)