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Maserati preparing Porsche 911 competitor - report

 Maserati preparing Porsche 911 competitor - report
Maserati Chicane Concept at Geneva

Due in 2015

Maserati is considering a Porsche 911 rival expected to come out by 2015.

The mid-engined rival will be available with V6 and V8 engines and will get the chassis of the upcoming Alfa Romeo 4C that will be unveiled next month in Detroit. By 2015, Maserati plans on selling 50,000 units annually and this new model will play a major role to reach this goal. This is a very bold objective as in 2011 the Italian brand delivered only 6,159 cars.

Sales numbers are expected to go up thanks to the new Quattroporte, a smaller sedan called Ghibli and the new Levante SUV. The 911 rival could get the GranSport moniker with power coming from a twin-turbo V6 with about 450 hp (335 kW) and a twin-turbo V8 delivering 550 hp (410 kW). The V6 model is expected to be offered exclusively with a RWD layout, while the V8 model will be optionally available with AWD.

Maserati is targeting a 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs) weight and a starting price of less than 100,000 GBP.

Note: Maserati Chicane Concept pictured

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Comments (11)

 StewartSorensen StewartSorensen
Nothing wrong with competition, and Maserati have to set a goal and aim so choosing a benchmark 911 can´t be all that bad, thou a challenge techwise but they have some access to Ferrari tech so let´s see how far they can come with this. This concept could end up as a real beauty - Thou i find the glass house around the door end and the rear roofline a bit too soft and that blue color is not doing it for me - but it´s "only" a concept right now. Will be seeing forward to more news on this.
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December 29, 2012 2:42 pm
 Afrikar Afrikar
Many have tried to compete with the 911 since its inception almost 50 years ago. What company has been close or stuck by them? Good luck FIAT. By the way it started as a VW and is now owned by VW.
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December 28, 2012 3:47 pm
 GTurbo GTurbo
Competition brings either the very best or the very worst out of an established car firm. Porsche (now in VAG portfolio) will obviously be flattered, but I must say this Chicane Concept looks fabulous! A shrunken Gransport V8 it may look, but it would be a worthy rival to the inimitable 911 IF it can be half as reliable and affordable!! Great model name too if they can keep it for production.
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December 27, 2012 5:38 am
 quattrosport quattrosport
Sorry but no one can do as much as the 911 in this price range. No way.
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December 26, 2012 7:07 pm
 memexe memexe
1400kg? that's a little too much for a sports car of this dimension.
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December 26, 2012 6:39 pm
 Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
Good luck competing with the 911, those things sell as fast as economy cars
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December 26, 2012 12:31 pm