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Is A Maserati Levante Really Worth $20,000 More Than A BMW X5? 12
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Maserati, Maserati Levante, Maserati Videos, reviews, video on 01 12th, 2018

People looking for a stylish premium crossover with a posh badge can choose between many brands nowadays, one of them being Maserati.

The buy a Levante is the brand’s first-ever SUV, and it’s supposed to be sporty and at the same time elegant.

Doug DeMuro got hold of one and, well, let’s just say that he had more than a few reservations. His biggest issue with the Levante is the price tag: the model shown here is a base-spec version, yet it costs almost $20,000 more than an entry-level BMW X5.

Inside, the Levante has a few quirks, such as its pyramid-style center console dials or the fact that there is no physical button for the heated seats – you have to access the main infotainment screen first.

On a positive note, he really did enjoy driving it around, saying that it not only sounds great for a V6, but the ride quality is good and the handling is very impressive, too.


Fire Risk Prompts One Last Maserati Recall For 2017 31
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Maserati, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati Quattroporte, NHTSA, Recalls on 12 31st, 2017

Maserati has issued another recall. This time it’s relatively small in scope, but it’s rather serious in nature.

The problem comes down to a fuel line that could leak gasoline onto the engine bay or the underside of the vehicle. And as you might imagine, that poses the very real risk of a fire breaking out, with potentially disastrous consequences.

The campaign announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects an estimated 1,406 examples of the 2018 Quattroporte and Ghibli in the United States, and another 86 in Canada – all of the units manufactured between July 24 and December 14 of this past year.

The manufacturer issued a stop-sale order for those vehicles affected on December 15, and is now followed up with a recall. The fix entails fitting new new fuel delivery lines in a process that’s set to kick off on February 9, 2018. But until then, owners might consider leaving their vehicles parked.

This is the fifth Maserati recall we’ve reported on in 2017. In January the manufacturer announced the recall of all the Levante S crossovers it had sold in America up to that point. In February it issued two more recalls – one for the Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante, and another for just the sedans. And in March, it recalled the Levane again. Those are just the ones on which we reported in the United States. Here’s hoping it won’t have to issue many more in the new year ahead.

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DMC Tries To Make The Maserati GranTurismo Look More Aggressive 25
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in DMC, Maserati, Maserati GranTurismo, tuning on 12 25th, 2017

The problem, if you can call it that, with successful designs, such as the Maserati GranTurismo, is that it’s hard for tuners to work on them without ruining their looks.

Still, that hasn’t stopped DMC from creating a body kit that’s meant to make the GranTurismo look more aggressive.

It’s called the Sovrano package and features the front bumper from an MC Trofeo with a carbon fiber lip, the bonnet from a GranTurismo GT3, custom side skirts, a carbon fiber rear diffuser and a trunk lid spoiler.

This example was caught on camera in Herzliya, Israel, by Autogespot user Superfast and it’s one of the very few ever seen in traffic. Given that the Sovrano kit has been around since 2013, it’s safe to assume that it hasn’t been a hit with GranTurismo owners.

This Maser also does without the tuner’s custom 20″ and 21″ all-black alloys, which would have filled the wheel arches better than the stock items and contrasted the white exterior nicely. So, has this kit improved the GranTurismo looks or not? You can have your say in the Comments section right below.


Maserati Extends Production Shutdowns To Mid-January, Says Report 20
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Maserati, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati GranCabrio, Maserati GranTurismo, Maserati Levante, Maserati Quattroporte, Reports on 12 20th, 2017

Maserati’s planned production shutdowns over the holiday season will be reportedly extended in order to reduce vehicle stocks.

The Grugliasco and Mirafiori factories will stop producing Maseratis until mid-January, Automotive News reports citing union sources.

The Grugliasco factory, which builds the Ghibli and Quattroporte models, will remain closed for four weeks and up until January 15 when last year the facility was shut for three weeks over the Christmas and NY holiday period.

Similarly production of the Levante SUV at the Mirafiori plant will stop from December 20 to January 15. Last year the line was stopped for only one additional day beyond statutory holidays and weekends. The Modena factory, home to the Granturismo and Grancabrio, is going to reopen on January 8 after stopping production on December 15.

Maserati declined to comment on the shutdown schedule while the FIOM union head Federico Bellono said that he was unsure if the longer production stops is caused by the declining sales in China or a structural decline in general sales. “It is clear that production is slowing down and investment in new models is on hold,” he said.

JATO Dynamics analyst Felipe Munoz said that despite the Levante competing in a fast-growing segment, its sales are falling “faster than we could expect at this point of its product cycle. This is hard to explain but worrying for the brand.”


Facelifted 2018 Maserati Ghibli Is Great, But It Ain’t No Mercedes-AMG E63 Rival 19
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, Maserati, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 12 19th, 2017

Maserati updated the Ghibli earlier this year, giving it up to 70 percent new parts, which include all sort of electronic features to help it drive and perform better than before.

Among the novelties is the new electric power steering, which waves goodbye to the old electric hydraulic system that offers more feel and is better overall, according to the Italian car company, which is so confident that it works that they won’t allow users to fiddle with it using the different driving modes.

Pointed towards the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A4, BMW 5-Series, and Jaguar XF, the Maserati Ghibli remains an exotic presence, one where emotions play a big role in its appeal. In ‘S’ guise, which can cost up to £80,000 ($106,910) in the UK, it goes after the range-topping versions of the aforementioned models, such as the AMG E63 and M5.

However, even if it may be fabulous in lots of ways, adding a deeper soundtrack and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that’s good for 430PS (424hp) and 580Nm (428lb-ft) of torque, it’s not exactly on the same level as the rest of the super saloons.

At least that’s AutoExpress’ Steve Sutcliffe’s conclusion after traveling to Monaco to test the facelifted Maserati Ghibli S, but let’s see what else he had to say about it in the film that follows.


Maserati Would Be A Welcome Addition To Any Formula Racing Grid 11
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Maserati, Renderings on 12 11th, 2017

Rumors have been circulating that Maserati is planning on returning to the racing grid. The jury’s still out on whether that might be in Formula One or Formula E, but either way, we’d welcome its arrival with open arms.

Especially if this is what its racer would look like. Designed by Luca Lazzini and shared via Behance, these renderings show what a modern F1 car might look like with a Maserati livery. And while it may not look as dynamic as some of the other liveries we’ve seen, what it lacks in excitement it makes up for in elegance.

That in and of itself could be enough for Maserati’s single-seaters – whether in Formula One or Formula E – stand out from the rest of the grid, especially in the more glamorous locations both FIA-sanctioned formula racing series have been known to compete.

In the end, Maserati’s presence in any racer’s livery would likely be shared with other sponsors – like Haas in F1, or Vitafone that sponsored the most victorious of MC12 GT1 cars. But as far as food for thought goes, this one’s refreshingly different.

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Maserati Could Be The Next Automaker To Enter Formula E 10
Posted by Carscoops Staff in FCA, Formula E, Maserati, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 12 10th, 2017

Automakers left and right have been flocking to Formula E, and the next one to join in on the action could be Maserati.

According to Autosport, Maserati is the most likely candidate among the numerous brands under the FCA umbrella, ahead of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, or Dodge. But first the group’s chief executive Sergio Marchionne needs to determine whether the electric racing series represents a worthwhile investment.

The FCA chief has expressed interest in the series, most recently stating that, excluding Ferrari, it would be one of the other automakers over which he presides that would be represented should such a program be give it the green light.

“I haven’t spoken to Mr Marchionne,” series chief Alejandro Agag told Autosport, “but would naturally welcome his group into Formula E whenever the time becomes right for them.”

The Modena-based brand was just recently linked to a potential Formula One entry with the Haas team in the same way Alfa Romeo has with Sauber. But the leading motorsport publication believes a Formula E effort is far more likely to happen.

Maserati would be in good company on the electric grid, as rivals like Porsche, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Jaguar have all gotten involved. Aston Martin has been tied to a potential entry as well, but with the size of the field already limited, any manufacturer interested in joining would have to partner with one of the existing teams. While most of the current teams have partnered with one automaker or another, neither Techeetah nor Dragon Racing have any such partnership in place at present.

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Maserati Could Follow Alfa Romeo Back Into F1 With Haas 8
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Ferrari, Haas, Maserati, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 12 8th, 2017

It’s been nearly half a century since we last saw Maserati represented on the F1 grid, but the Italian brand could be preparing a return. According to Auto Express, the automaker could follow a similar path to its sister brand Alfa Romeo, partnering with the Haas team on a rebranded engine deal.

Alfa Romeo recently announced just such an arrangement with the Sauber team, using Ferrari engines re-badged as Alfa Romeo. Both Maserati and Alfa Romeo fall under the umbrella of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, from which Ferrari only recently separated. All three, however, remain under the direction of Sergio Marchionne.

While Marchionne remains adamant that Ferrari could withdraw from the series if it doesn’t agree with the next round of engine regulations, bringing both Sauber and Haas under even closer influence could give the high-powered exec a larger voting block.

The deal would reportedly see Maserati paying Haas some €20 million per season for title sponsorship, most (if not all) of which would go right back to Ferrari, effectively making its engines free in return for the branding (and allegiance).

Maserati’s F1 history stretches back to the 1950. Juan Manual Fangio won two of his world championships in the legendary 250F, which was also driven by the likes of Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, Phil Hill Mike Hawthorn, Carroll Shelby, Masten Gregory and Roy Salvadori. The automaker shut down its works team after 1957, remaining represented by private teams through 1960 and continuing to supply engines through 1969.

This wouldn’t be the first time we’d see Maserati competing under Ferrari power. The Enzo-based MC12 dominated the FIA GT1 class in the previous decade with Ferrari’s blessing, though then-chairman Luca di Montezemolo is said to have blocked other efforts to put the Trident brand back on the racing circuit.

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Maserati Is Mulling A Midsize SUV, But We’ll Have To Wait 3
Posted by Brad Anderson in Maserati, Maserati Levante, Reports, SUV on 12 3rd, 2017

Maserati claims it isn’t in a hurry to launch a second crossover, despite acknowledging the fact that midsize SUVs are the fastest growing sector in the industry.

Speaking to Motor 1 at the ongoing LA Auto Show, Maserati boss Reid Bigland said there “isn’t any big rush” for Maserati to make a second SUV that will join the Levante in its range.

Interestingly, Bigland’s statement comes just four weeks after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne said Maserati was intending on launching a second SUV by 2020.

Although Bigland is remaining tight-lipped about the second SUV, Marchionne told the media last month that the vehicle will use the Giorgio rear-wheel drive / all-wheel drive platform of the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, rather than the platform used by the Levante and Ghibli.

According to Bigland, any possible SUV to slot below the Levante must be clearly differentiated from its Alfa Romeo sibling and worthy of the more expensive price tag.


Maserati Levante And Quattroporte Receive ‘Nerissimo’ Package In LA 30
Posted by Brad Anderson in LA Auto Show, Levante, Maserati, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati Quattroporte, Reports on 11 30th, 2017

Back in April, Maserati premiered the Ghibli Nerissimo in New York. Fast forward to November’s LA Auto Show and the Italian marque has announced a Nerissimo package for the Levante and Quattroporte as well.

Like the Ghibli Nerissimo, the Levante and Quattroporte Nerissimo combine Nero black paint with Black Chrome accents on the front grille, trunk, side air vents, trident logo, and the Maserati badges across the exterior. Additionally, the window surrounds, exhaust tips, and vertical grille bars are all bathed in black.

Beyond the release of the Nerissimo package in Los Angeles, Maserati has used the show to display the 2018 model year Ghibli and Levante, now sold in GranLusso and GranSport trims.

The GranSport line aims to cater towards owners looking for a sportier-than-usual experience with their Maserati. By comparison, the GranLusso trim includes Ermenegildo Zegna silk or full premium Italian leather upholstery as well as wood trim throughout the cabin.

Another small announcement made by Maserati in LA is that electric power steering has replaced the hydraulic power steering system of the Ghibli, Quattroporte, and Levante.


The Maserati MC12 Makes The Enzo Look Common By Comparison 26
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Maserati, Maserati MC12 on 11 26th, 2017

Ferrari, by design, never makes enough of its flagship hypercars to satisfy demand. But one of the most coveted didn’t wear a Prancing Horse logo at all. It wore the Trident badge of its sister brand Maserati.

That, of course, was the MC12 – essentially a modified version of the Enzo, homologated for racing. Ferrari essentially made the MC12 for Maserati, but only made 50 of them for public consumption.

This compared to the relative ubiquity of the Enzo, of which Ferrari made 400… that’s eight times as many. If the automaker had applied that same ratio again to the Enzo, it would have been as common as the 550 Maranello (of which over 3,000 were made).

The relative scarcity of the MC12 hasn’t proven enough, however, to overcome the magnetic draw of the Prancing Horse badge, with prices for both the MC12 and the Enzo hovering around the same level. RM Sotheby’s, for example, has sold three Enzos this year, for €2.3 million, $2.7 million, and £1.8 million, respectively – or a converted average of $2.6m.

Of the three MC12s the same auction house has sold, one went for €3m, another for $1.4m, and a third for $2.1m – or an average of $2.4m. The example you see here, captured by Peter Singhof for RM Sotheby’s, is set to cross the same auctioneer’s block in Paris during Retromobile week this coming February. There it’s expected to sell for €2-2.5 million, or about $2.4-3 million at current exchange rates. That’d put it towards the higher end of the spectrum, but hardly out of the ordinary.

What we can’t help but wonder is how the relative values of either will play out in the long run. Will the MC12’s rarity make it worth more, or will the lure of the Ferrari legend see it gallop past? Only time (and an elite cadre of very wealthy collectors) will tell.

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Larte Design Upgrades The Maserati Levante S With Shtorm Kit 28
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Larte, Maserati, Maserati Levante, tuning on 10 28th, 2017

The Levante is poised to become one of Maserati's top-selling models. So what's an owner to do in order to set his or her Italian crossover aside from all the others hitting the street?
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Maserati Wants To Launch A Second SUV By 2020 26
Posted by Brad Anderson in FCA, Maserati, Reports, SUV on 10 26th, 2017

FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne has announced Maserati’s intention to launch a second SUV by 2020.
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Maserati Wants To Launch A Second SUV By 2020 26
Posted by Brad Anderson in FCA, Maserati, Reports, SUV on 10 26th, 2017

FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne has announced Maserati’s intention to launch a second SUV by 2020.
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Alfa Romeo, Maserati Slow Down Production Rates After China Sales Blow 19
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, alfa-romeo, china, Maserati, Maserati Levante, Reports on 10 19th, 2017

Alfa Romeo and Maserati are slowing down their production rates in Italian factories, following a sales hit in China due to new import rules.
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