Maserati might build a new LaFerrari-based hypercar to succeed MC12 Stradale

Article by Anita Panait, on May 7, 2013

Speculations are increasing that Maserati is building a successor to its MC12 Stradale hypercar. According to reports, the new hypercar would employ many of the underpinnings and technology of LaFerrari, except that it would not be equipped with a complex hybrid powertrain.

Maserati chief executive Harald Wester declined to confirm a new hypercar project at the recently held Shanghai motor show but remarked that there is always a “right time for a halo car,” noting that the carmaker’s current focus is on the buildup for sales growth while saying that “there is an opportunity.”

According to reports, the new Maserati hypercar would use the LaFerrari chassis and suspension and would also share several ancillaries. The new hypercar would be powered by either a retuned version of LaFerrari’s 789bhp 6.3-litre V12 without the electric motor, or a heavily turbocharged version of the 3.8-litre V8 equipped in the new Maserati Quattroporte.

This means that the new Maserati hypercar could be lighter than LaFerrari, but internal politics could limit the top speed of the new vehicle. The original MC12 was powered by the Ferrari Enzo’s V12 that was detuned from 651bhp to 620bhp. It was a limited top speed of 205mph, compared to the Enzo’s 217mph. The new Maserati hypercar could have a price similar to the LaFerrari.

The new hypercar project is reportedly gaining momentum as demand for LaFerrari has exceeded its 499-example limit, making parent Fiat scramble for ways to extend its production run. Wester also welcomed the possibility of producing a Maserati version of the Alfa Romeo 4C, saying that it was a “nice idea.”

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