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Wait, Is Maserati Working on a Mid-Engined Sports Car?

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 1/13/2020 Joey Capparella
a close up of a car: This test mule is apparently powered by a new Maserati engine and the real car is slated to debut in May.© Maserati This test mule is apparently powered by a new Maserati engine and the real car is slated to debut in May.
  • Maserati is working on a new sports car, and these photos of a test mule suggest it might be mid-engined.
  • The mule appears to share some components with the Alfa Romeo 4C, albeit with some heavy modifications at the rear end.
  • Maserati says it will share more information about this car at an event in May 2020.

Maserati is preparing to release a new sports car in May, and we're wondering: could it be a mid-engined competitor to the likes of the McLaren 570S? Photos of a test mule that Maserati released a few months ago seem to suggest so, although we admit that we're a bit confused about the nature of this new model. Here's what we know so far.

This mule is said to be testing a new Maserati engine—likely a turbocharged V-8—that will be built in Italy. It will power the new sports car, and we'd wager that, if the company is testing the engine in a mid-engined mule, the production car will share this layout, too. If so, that would be a major switch-up from the last we heard about this new Maserati model, which was said to be a production version of the front-engined Alfieri concept that was first shown way back in 2014. Things get a little murkier when you inspect the mule more closely. It appears to share some components with the Alfa Romeo 4C, although the body is highly modified. We're not sure what this tells us about the Maserati production car, other than the fact that it may use a carbon-fiber tub like the Alfa.

colorful graffiti on the side of a building: Maserati test mule© Maserati Maserati test mule

Maserati says it has not yet announced the name of this new model, so it's certainly possible that the company's plans have changed since it last talked about the Alfieri. A Maserati spokesperson told C/D that this new sports car will debut first, followed by a new Maserati SUV, and then followed by a new version of the GranTurismo sports car, which will introduce an electrified powertrain option.

We'll find out soon enough what this new sports car is, as Maserati is planning to release this new model in just a few months at an event in May 2020. Stay tuned.

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