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 |  Jul 03 2012, 7:31 AM

Italian automaker Maserati is currently working on a new sports car to rival Germany’s Porsche 911 models, and plans on pushing out over 450-hp combined with a lightweight, carbon fiber chassis.

Early speculation has the model to be named GranSport and will be a mid-engine, two-seater powered by an all-new V6 powerplant developed by Ferrari. The rear-wheel drive sports car will be built on an Alfa Romeo 4C-based platform and is expected to be priced around the $140,000 range.

The automaker is hoping to utilize a modified variant of the 4C’s carbon fiber chassis in order to get weight down to around 2,650 lbs and when combined with the twin-turbo V6 and a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox, will hit 60-mph from a standstill in less than four seconds while having a top speed of around 190 mph.

There’s a good chance that Maserati will have its new high-performance sports car on the market by 2015.

[Source: Autoexpress UK]