Just 50 examples of the road-going Maserati MC12 were built, making much more rare than the Ferrari Enzo on which it’s based. The GT1 racecar variant of the limited-run Maserati is even more exclusive, however, with the Trident badge brand building just 11 of them.The car has retained its No. 12 FIA GT racing livery and still bears the names of drivers Andrea Bertolini and Andrea Piccini. Like all MC12 GT1’s, it is powered by a 745 horsepower 6.0-litre V12 engine which is paired with a six-speed sequential racing transmission. A price for the 2005 model year V12 racer is not listed on Joe Macari’s website, however the car is also for sale on DuPont Registry where it’s priced at $9,999,999 USD.
The sleek new Maserati Alfieri 2+2 concept could become a production reality with electric power, the head of Maserati’s owner Fiat Chrysler says.
Sergio Marchionne revealed in an interview with the Bloomberg news agency, that an electric Alfieri could be launched some time after 2019 – even though reports say the petrol-powered version has already been delayed, and now isn’t likely to materialise before 2018.
The Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-Type rivaling Alfieri concept was launched to great excitement at the Geneva motor show back in 2014, but the word is that plans to launch a production version this year or next were pushed back. Some reports say that’s because Maserati sales of the Ghibli have been unsatisfactory, so more energy had to be put into the marque’s other potential volume seller – the Levante – instead. The Maserati brand currently sells fewer than 40,000 cars annually, but the Fiat Chrysler business-plan demands sales of 75,000 by 2018. That means a replacement for the GranTurismo will likely arrive before the production Alfieri breaks cover too.
Named after one of the founders of Maserati, the Alfieri was introduced to Geneva Motor Show crowds by CEO Harald Wester, who proclaimed it “the future of Maserati.”
While nearly the entire auto industry has been hard at work developing hybrids and electric vehicles, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been rather behind the curve. Currently, it only offers a plug-in version of the Chrysler Pacifica and the all-electric Fiat 500e, which it only sells to meet California emissions laws. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne hasn’t exactly embraced electrification, but slowly, he seems to be coming around.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Marchionne said he’s considering an all-electric version of the upcoming Maserati Alfieri, as well as a (presumably non-Maserati) electric city car. Marchionne also confirmed that a hybrid version of Maserati’s new Levante SUV is on its way.
With typical bluster, Marchionne voiced his continued skepticism for electrification while saying that FCA could replicate Tesla’s business model, as he has in the past.
“I’ve always thought the economic model that supports Tesla is something that Fiat Chrysler could replicate as we have the brand and the vehicles to do it,” said Marchionne. “I think that to use one of our potential cars as an experiment in this area is interesting.
“I’m not as convinced as some others are about the fact that electrification is the solution for all of man’s ills,” he continued. “We need to experiment as we are doing now with connected cars, and mobility as electrification is one of the potential answers.”
An all-electric Maserati would likely be a few years away if it ever arrives at all. The normal, internal-combustion Alfieri is already reportadly delayed, and an electric version likely wouldn’t arrive until a few years after the standard version. Marchionne said the electric Alfieri would possibly arrive in 2019 at the earliest.
For 2017 the Maserati Quattroporte will get a slew of new technologies, redesigned bumpers and an electrically adjustable Air Shutter placed in the grille. The new shutter, when combined with the redesigned bumpers and undercar aero, reportedly decreases the luxury sedan’s coefficient of drag by ten percent.
Powering the redesigned Italian sedan is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 built by Ferrari. Figures haven’t been officially released, but looking at the current Quattroporte’s V6 power plant shows it making 404 hp in a rear-wheel drive or 410 hp with all-wheel drive. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 will also be available, which currently makes 530 hp in the Quattroporte GTS. Feeding the power to either the rear or all-four wheels is a ZF-built eight-speed automatic transmission.
Maserati also adds two new trim packages dubbed GranLusso and GranSport. While the two trims are optional on V6 powered sedans, either trim will come standard when optioned with a V8. The GranLusso trim features silk fabric in the interior, a body-color spoiler and 20-inch Mercurio wheels. The GranSport trim will have modified front air intakes, a black spoiler and 21-inch Titano rims. The GranSport package also features carbon fiber mirrors, door handles and b-pillar covers.
Maserati also adds an 8.4-inch capacitive touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities as standard equipment and a new optional Driver Assistance System. The system features adaptive cruise control with stop and go technology, lane departure warnings and forward collision warnings with brake assist. An Air Quality sensor will also be available on the new Quattroporte that measures external levels of pollution.
No word on pricing, but the 2017 Maserati Quattroporte will be available later this month. We imagine the price will stay about the same as the current Quattroporte and start around $100,000.