Maserati Boss Wants An MC12 Successor

It’s been over a decade since Maserati offered the MC12 supercar. But if the Italian automaker’s boss Harald Wester gets his way, it could do a successor… of some kind, at some point, at any rate.

The longtime Maserati boss told Autocar that the automaker “could do a limited edition” like the MC12, “but not yet.” Beyond timeline, though, the question that raises is just what form such a model would take.

The MC12 was essentially a reworked version of the Ferrari Enzo, built for homologation purposes in a highly exclusive run of 25 road-going examples.

That model was built on Maserati’s behalf by Ferrari. Meanwhile the Trident marque has produced others in kind for Alfa Romeo, including the current 4C and the previous 8C Competizione.

Next time around, Maserati could make its own limited-production sports car at its own factory to sell under its own name. With only 1,100 people on staff, Wester says, the company is nimble enough to adapt to a side project.

Such an endeavor may have to wait in line, though, as the Modenese automaker gets other, more pressing projects out the door. The company is currently in the process of bringing the new Levante to market. There are also plans in place for one or two new two-door models in the form of the Alfieri concept and a successor to the GranTurismo.

Though they were only introduced in 2013, the current Quattroporte and Ghibli will eventually need replacement as well, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see those emerge before another supercar did from either of Maserati’s factories in Modena or Turin.

The last time such a prospect emerged, Maserati was considering building its own version of the Alfa 4C with a larger engine to slot in below the Ferrari lineup. That idea, however, never came to fruition.

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  • Kash

    Would it come before or after the Alfieri eventually gets pushed so far back they just can it? I’d love to see it happen though.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    i’m not sure i could take seriously a MC12 successor TBH… their whole line-up is based on cars for sexagenarians (somewhat like Bentley) focused on luxury rather than sportiness

    • europeon

      Thank you, you just opened my eyes, I had no idea they’re for sexagenarians. That means I won’t need a new car in 30-35 years when I’ll be in my 60s, my current one will do just fine.

  • fabri99

    Everyone wants it, but that’s not what is best for Maserati now. Their brand appeals mostly to old people, their range is lacking and can’t even keep up with german contenders quality-wise. They don’t have a sportscar in the range, their SUV took way too long to arrive and it’s way less appealing to young people than I thought it would. What are they waiting for? Give us the Alfieri, right now. It would work both as an halo car, to make the brand look younger, sportier and cooler, and as a real contender for all those new anti-911s. But it has to be done properly: don’t just go for good looks, like you did for the Ghibli and the Quattroporte. Make it good. Like REAL GOOD.

    • Six Thousand Times

      To be fair, all really expensive cars have a much greater appeal to rich old guys who have the money to buy them.

      • fabri99

        And yet everyone’s goal is for their brand to look young and fresh… that’s f-ed up actually.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Not too much yoof appeal in the Bentayga, either.

          There are still lots of really cool cars out there – for rich guys.

          Yes, though, it’s too bad. It seems that the sporty cars that appealed to young drivers when I was coming up in the late ’80s/early ’90s are so few and far between now. I think that’s mainly because car enthusiasm is waning. You see it everyday. Look at how many more people care about touchscreens and connectivity and how few care about suspension set-ups and handling.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    About fucking time!!! I’ve been waiting for another classic Sergio Marchionne product delay!!!

    My favorite part is the bullshit he says after.

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