Maserati Looks To Kill The Porsche 911 With Smaller Sports Car

By Blake Z. Rong | July 02, 2012
Every automaker wants a Porsche rival. Some—the BMW M6, Nissan GT-R—are more successful than others. Opinions will differ, and vary wildly. But there's one thing that's certain: If these cars are out to assassinate the king of the sports cars, the Porsche 911, then they're doing an even worse job than Squeaky Fromme. Add Maserati's Borsalino fedora into the ring. The Italian supercar company is planning to build a rival to the Porsche 911 and get a piece of that sweet, sweet lower-priced pie. Phrases like "driver-focused," "high-performance halo" and "450 horsepower" are being bandied about. The new Maser will presumably use the chassis from the Alfa Romeo 4C, except a bit bigger. It may use a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine sourced from Ferrari, which is developing this engine for the next Maserati Quattroporte and the upcoming Maserati Kubang SUV. Frantic speculation also indicates that Ferrari will lend its stablemate Maserati the same dual-clutch semi-automatic gearbox from the 458 Italia, as well as its composite body-making expertise. Lofty performance targets have also been set: 0-60 in under 4 seconds, and a top speed somewhere north of 190 miles per hour, with a curb weight of 2,600 pounds (which certainly counts as a lofty performance target in this ballooning day and age). And it will certainly look to resemble a Maserati, above all—there are worse sins in the world than looking like the GranTurismo pictured above. The last time Maserati built a "Porsche-killer," it was the aptly-named Coupe from 2001, a mid-level exotic sports car that not so much killed the 911 as it gently bruised it. This time around, it will join a crowded fray all trying to take down the Porsche, but with a bit more "soul" and "passion," or whatever gets dreamed up about Italian cars in the first place.
Source: Auto Express