Maserati Preparing Mid-Engine Porsche 911 Rival

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Maserati is currently working towards having a 100-percent coverage of the luxury sports car market, which means a Porsche 911 rival is in the works.

A mid-engined rival to the Porsche 911 from Maserati is set to launch by 2015 and will be built on a chassis based on the upcoming Alfa Romeo 4C. The vehicle hasn’t been confirmed by Maserati officials, but it’s an essential model to the automaker’s lineup if it wants to take on the entire sports car market.

In a recent interview with Autocar, Maserati head Harald Wester hinted at the 911 rival by stating that “by 2015 we [Maserati] will have 100 percent representation” in the luxury sports car market. Currently, Maserati is represented in just 21 percent of the market.

Speculation around the mid-engined sports car has it being offered with both V6 and V8 powerplants, and it could be simply named “GranSport.” Both powerplants will feature twin-turbo power with around 450 to 550 hp depending on the engine. Maserati is hoping to have the weight of its sports car to be under 3,100 lbs.

[Source: Autocar UK]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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