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Maserati plots new supercar based on LaFerrari (2015)

By Georg Kacher

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20 March 2013 10:00

CAR’s sources report Maserati is planning to launch a successor to the 2004 MC12 supercar in 2015, based on LaFerrari underpinnings, but without the electro-hybrid Ferrari’s eco-conscience. Like the MC12, the new Maserati supercar could borrow a Ferrari chassis, suspension and electrical systems, but wear a bespoke carbon body and – this time – boast more powerplant differentiation.

What’ll power the new Maserati flagship supercar?

Maserati has two options. Either, it can stick with the 6.3-litre V12 of the LaFerrari, detuned from 789bhp and 516lb ft to develop more low-end torque, which the Ferrari sidesteps by having an electric motor boost it at low revs. Or, Maserati could further embrace the virtues of turbocharging, opting for a quad-turbocharged version of the Quattroporte’s 3.8-litre bi-turbo V8. The Maserati four-door puts out 523bhp and 523lb ft – a Veyron-style four-blower system could easily take those figures closer to the 900bhp levels of the LaFerrari and McLaren P1.

Whatever the eventual powertrain, don’t expect the Maserati ‘LaMaserati’ to outstrip its cousin’s performance, economy or CO2 figures – Ferrari rules the roost. Similarly, the MC12’s Enzo-pinched V12 was detuned from 651bhp to 620bhp, and the top speed was ‘only’ 205mph, rather than the Enzo’s 217mph limit.

Tell me more about the new Maserati supercar

Like the LaFerrari, it’ll be a fixed-head coupe only – the old Ferrari Enzo-based MC12 had a targa lift-out roof panel, thanks to Ferrari’s super-stiff carbon tub structure. The all-carbon Maser will likely be lighter than the 1255kg LaFerrari thanks to the lack of hybrid batteries, and will boast a pared-back two-seater cabin. The body panels will be bespoke, and focus more on low-drag than high-downforce. Would you like to see something akin to the 2006 Birdcage concept car? (pictured, right). Tell us your opinion in the comments below.

So, how much will ‘LaMaserati’ cost?

Chequebooks at the ready: like the LaFerrari, the price-tag will sail past €1m plus taxes. How can Maserati justify their slower car costing as much? Simple: with extra exclusivity. Just 50 examples of the Maserati will be made, compared to 499 LaFerraris (all of which are already sold). This follows the template set by the MC12: 50 were made, costing €600,000 each.

It’s not just a £1m supercar on the cards for Maserati though: don’t miss CAR Online tomorrow for the scoop on Maserati’s entry-level sports car plans…