Maserati: New Details on the Future Mid-Mounted V8 Engine Sports Car

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New details have emerged about the future mid-mounted V8 engine sports car that Maserati is planning to launch in 2015, which is likely to be named GranSport. The car will be about 4.4 metres long and will sport a lightweight frame with a dry weight of around 1,200 kg, thanks to the extensive use of carbon fibre.

Maserati CEO Harald Wester has revealed these new details in an interview with EVO, also adding that the car could be powered by a 4.7-litre V8 unit, with rear-wheel drive mated to a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission. The engine would be mounted in a longitudinally position, which will require a longer wheelbase and consequently the car will be larger in size.

Wester said that the new GranSport will be “something like the Alfa Romeo 4C” and that the goal is to create a car that will be better to drive than a Porsche 911 Turbo, despite having a lower price tag. The new model, which production is yet to be confirmed, will not be a limited edition and, according to estimates provided, should have a volume of sales between 1,500 and 2,000 units a year.

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