Maserati is reportedly planning a successor to the MC12 supercar based on the new LaFerrari.
Maserati last unveiled a supercar back in 2004, just two years after Ferrari introduced the Enzo. And, according to Car magazine, it seems history will be repeating itself in 2015 when the Trident marque intends to launch a successor to the MC12 based on the underpinnings of its sister company's new LaFerrari. Like the MC12, Maserati's new supercar would borrow a Ferrari chassis, suspension and electrics, but come dressed in a bespoke carbon-fiber body and ditch the hybrid powertrain.
Like the MC12 borrowed the Enzo's V12, the project tentatively dubbed "LaMaserati" would likely retain the 6.3-liter V12 but detune it from 789 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Without an electric motor boosting the supercar at low revs, the new Maser will have to develop more low-end torque. Alternatively, it could opt for a quad-turbo variant of the Quattroporte's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 for figures nearer to 900 hp. Whatever powertrain it selects, Fiat won't allow Maserati to better its supercar stablemate's performance. The MC12 was detuned from 651 to 621 hp and top speed was pegged at 205 mph to the Enzo's 217.
Unlike the MC12 but like LaFerrari, the all-carbon Maser would be a fixed-head coupe with a two-seat cabin. But without the batteries and electric motors, it could turn out lighter than the 1,255kg LaFerrari with body panels focused on reducing drag instead of producing downforce. The Maserati supercar would likely be limited to just 50 examples (like the MC12 before it), with a price tag close to the Ferrari's $1.2 million. (Pictured are the 2005 Maserati Birdcage concept by Pininfarina, the new LaFerrari and the old Maserati MC12.)