Maserati is one of the most storied companies in the Italian automotive tapestry, and despite going through numerous turbulent periods, the brand has weathered all storms to be here in 2016 with a model line-up.
In the last decade or so, however, it has focused more on sedans such as its Quattroporte and a smaller sports sedan in the Ghibli as well as a new SUV called the Levante. It’s range of purpose-built sports cars have dwindled since past periods to now being contained to merely its GranTurismo and GranCabrio.
In an interview with Maserati boss Harald Wester, though, Autocar UK has found out that the Italian firm may be considering a return to its sports car roots with low-volume successor to the 2004 MC12 supercar – a vehicle that was closely related to the flagship Ferrari of the era, the Enzo.
However, any ambition towards a follow-up to the V12 mid-engine supercar should also be factored with the consideration that leaning on Maranello might no longer be an option as Ferrari has now been spun out of the Fiat Chrysler Group as its own entity.
Right now, Maserati’s manufacturing facility in Modena also makes the carbon fibre-intensive 4C for sister company Alfa Romeo and before that also was responsible for rolling out the 8C Competizione, another Alfa product which relied on Maserati’s engine and running gear.
The Modena plant employs approximately 1,100 staff members, many of whom have specialised skills that could be leveraged for the complex construction methods required for a high-performance supercar.
Maserati is also gearing up for a replacement for the GranTurismo, which continues to be their best selling model and accounts for roughly 40 percent of their manufacturing capacity. It is due to be replaced in 2017, a decade after its initial introduction.
If a deal could be struck with Ferrari, though, perhaps Maserati can find a way to repurpose the LaFerrari like they did with the Enzo. This might prove to be a larger challenge, however, since the petrol-electric hypercar is a much more technical machine and Ferrari’s new distance from FCA may prove to be enough for Maranello to decline outright despite FCA’s remaining ties and their common CEO, Sergio Marchionne.