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Maserati May Build A Mid-Engine Porsche 911 Fighter

Uh, yes please.

Maserati's product planners have a lot on their plate these days. A new Quattroporte is coming in the next year or so, followed by a second, 5 Series-sized sedan, the Kubang SUV, and then presumably an update of the six-year-old GranTurismo. But there's always room for another sports car, right?

That seems to be the message coming from Maserati CEO Harald Wester, who said his company might try their hand at a more pure version of a sports car sometime in the future. Wester's hypothetical dream car would use a carbon fiber chassis with a mid-mounted V8 sending power to the rear wheels through a dual-clutch transmission, weigh in around 2,650 pounds (we're guessing that's the dry weight), and sell for about 75 percent the asking price of a Ferrari 458 Italia, with only between 1,500 and 2,000 being produced per year. The name Wester has for this little dream machine? The Maserati GranSport.

Wester admits the Fiat board hasn't approved the project yet, and we'd be surprised if they approved his Audi R8/Porsche 911 fighter the way he describes it; with Ferrari standing by aluminum construction for their non-supercar models, we doubt Maserati would be able to make a carbon fiber sports car at a sub-Ferrari price point. Also, a mid-engined V8-powered RWD sports car could come dangerously close to stepping on the 458's toes. That said, we sure as hell wouldn't mind seeing a mid-engine Maserati vrooming around the Riviera come 2015. [via Motori Online]

Pictured: Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

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