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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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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.
Dec 29, 2012 2:42 pm
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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.
Dec 28, 2012 3:47 pm
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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.
Dec 27, 2012 5:38 am
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quattrosport
Sorry but no one can do as much as the 911 in this price range. No way.
Dec 26, 2012 7:07 pm
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DBaskov
Well, it never hurts to have some competition. I definably think Maserati can challenge 911 in terms of looks, performance-wise they might have a chance since they are backed a little bit by Ferrari. The the biggest problem would be reliability, since 911 is the best in it's class and from what I know Maserati is not known for reliability. But if they can show some kind of competition to Porsche then maybe they will layoff the ridiculous charges on options.
Dec 26, 2012 10:08 pm
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Ceramic Rabbit
The 911 is the iPhone of enthusiast cars. In every measurable, quantifiable, and even aesthetic way it is either the best in class or one of the best in class. It's the all around refinement that makes it special, maybe you can find a car that is better at this or that, but the 911 is always going to be the benchmark.
Dec 26, 2012 11:29 pm
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DBaskov
I'm pretty sure anybody that knows anything about cars would know a little bit about 911 prestige. But like I said before, competition is always good. If nobody is going to challenge Porsche, then their prices will continuously inflate; and that's not good, not even for a Porsche fan.
Dec 27, 2012 12:02 pm
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memexe
1400kg? that's a little too much for a sports car of this dimension.
Dec 26, 2012 6:39 pm
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Porsche3054
No, thats about how much a 911 weighs now.
Dec 27, 2012 8:00 pm
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Ceramic Rabbit
Good luck competing with the 911, those things sell as fast as economy cars
Dec 26, 2012 12:31 pm
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Xjpro
Well said.-
Dec 26, 2012 5:16 pm
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