Maserati has big ambitions; Porsche and Audi are in the Italian's sights.
Maserati is planning a Porsche 911 and Audi R8-rivaling sports car for 2015, according to reports. The Italian automaker has set themselves a lofty goal of producing 50,000 cars a year in just under three years' time and a new 'pure' two-seater sports car, along with a Jeep-based SUV and diesel-powered sedan, could help Maserati reach that goal. Maserati's CEO, Harald J. Wester, all but confirmed the rumor and that the new model will be called the GranSport.
It would sell for under €150,000 ($200K), weigh under 2,645lbs and measure 173-inches long. A mid-mounted Ferrari-sourced 4.7-liter V8 would provide the get-up-and-go, sending power to the rear wheels via a Ferrari-sourced dual-clutch gearbox. Coupled with a carbon fiber platform (funding not forbidding), the new GranSport would not only be quick and fast but incredibly competitive on the market. The new Maserati GranSport sounds impressive and hopefully this elaborate rumor turns out to be the real deal. Photos displayed are of the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo.