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Maserati Would Be A Welcome Addition To Any Formula Racing Grid 11
Dec
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
Dec
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
Dec
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
Dec
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.

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Maserati Levante And Quattroporte Receive ‘Nerissimo’ Package In LA 30
Nov
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.

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The Maserati MC12 Makes The Enzo Look Common By Comparison 26
Nov
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
Oct
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
Oct
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
Oct
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
Oct
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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Petrol-Powered Maserati Levante S Arrives In UK, Pricing From £70,755 18
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Maserati, Maserati Levante, new cars, prices, UK on 10 18th, 2017


Available in two distinct trim levels, the GranLusso and GranSport, the Maserati Levante S has joined its diesel sibling in the United Kingdom.
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U.S. Marshals Auctioning Seized Exotic Car Collection Owned By Pill Mill Docs 5
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in ASTON MARTIN, auction, Bentley, BMW, featured, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, mercedes, porsche, Reports, Saleen, Shelby, Spyker on 10 5th, 2017


Government agencies auction stuff off all the time but the vehicles and equipment that is up for grabs usually isn't very interesting.
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FCA CEO Says Fully-Autonomous Driving Is 10 Years Away, EVs Not The Solution 2
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, FCA, Fiat, Fiat 500, Maserati, Reports on 10 2nd, 2017


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne was recently presented with an honorary degree in industrial engineering from the University of Trento and the outspoken executive used the occasion to tell students the company's partnership with Waymo is part of a bigger push into autonomous vehicles.
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New Dodge Challenger And Charger Reportedly Coming In 2021 With Maserati Ghibli’s Platform 19
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, FCA, Maserati, Maserati Ghibli, Reports on 09 19th, 2017


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is apparently committed to shifting the next generations Dodge Challenger and Charger to the same architecture underpinning the Maserati Ghibli.
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