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Is this the new Maserati “Mistral?” Rumors say that Maserati may use one of their old names for their new upcoming Coupe. The current names, Coupe and Spyder, do not really give the cars a true identity like the evocative names from the Sixties and Seventies.
The new Maserati GT/Mistral will come as a coupe and as a two-seater Spyder with a retractable steel top. Its engine is based on the Ferrari-built 4.2-liter V-8, as used in the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. The new GT’s engine will displace 4.5 liters and will deliver about 500 hp, instead of 450 hp as in the Alfa.
The new car will have a double-wishbone suspension with the Skyhook adaptive damping system and also the Cambiocorsa clutchless gearbox mounted in the rear. Another source is talking about a completely new six-speed gearbox with paddle shifters from ZF, but also of a traditional manual gearbox with a clutch.
The design will be a mixture of modern and classic Maserati, as shown in a computer illustration our spies have prepared.
The new Maserati is expected to make its debut at the Geneva motor show in 2007.