Unique Ghia-bodied Maserati 5000GT spent half a century in the Saudi Arabian sun
Like many Maseratis, the Mistral is named after a strong wind – in this case, a powerful little number that blows chilled air from southern France into the northern Mediterranean. Around 800 of these pretty Frua-bodied coupés were built over the seven-year production life. Some had alloy bodies, some steel, plus there were three different engines.
Maserati has launched a new Ghibli limited edition called the Ribelle. The paint is Nero Ribelle mica, supplemented by gloss black 19-inch alloy wheels with red details and red brake callipers. Inside is a two-tone black/red theme, with premium leather and a Ribelle logo in black piano wood.
New 590hp Levante Trofeo Maserati has unleashed a 590hp version of its Levante, dubbed the Trofeo, to challenge Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Maserati’s new V8 petrol-powered Levante Trofeo slots in at the top of its range as one of the most powerful SUVs on the market – and one of the most potent Maseratis ever.
OSLO. Man denkt sich doch einiges in dieser vorbildlich sauberen Stadt. Einerseits schaffen es die Norweger, als ökologische Wunderwuzzis dazustehen, etwa dank massiver Elektroautoförderung. Andererseits besitzen sie reichlich von den zwei wichtigsten flüssigen Rohstoffen: Erdöl und Wasser. Die Vermarktung dieser Ressourcen bringt ihnen sehr viel Geld, so dass sie im Ranking der reichsten Länder der Welt ganz oben rangieren.
Maserati will return to making two-door super sports cars in 2020, led by a new flagship Alfieri coupe. Initially shown as a concept back in 2014, Maserati has confirmed that the Alfieri will enter production in the first half of 2020.
Quattroporte II Barn Find A rare Maserati Quattroporte II prototype has resurfaced. Believed to have been destroyed, AM123.002 has been discovered languishing in a Spanish warehouse after 30 years.
RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, USA 15-17 August
From the cockpit. Faithful recreations of long-lost cars have been among the highlights of historic racing in recent years. When Drive-my was launched in 1982, the prospect of Lancia D50s, Cunningham C4Rs and Maserati Tipo 151s competing in anger would have been a fantasy, but now they’ve all starred at Goodwood. The amazing grid of 25 Bugattis blasting away at the wonderful 72 nd Members’ Meeting was another first for Lord March’s team, but the biggest surprise was a Type 57G running among the raucous pack of supercharged Molsheim open-wheelers.
This latest turnaround plan for Maserati does not lack ambition. Multi-billion investment in facilities and all-new models and electric cars would be a big ask for even the world’s largest car makers, let alone one that didn’t even sell 40,000 cars last year. So is this one to file under ‘We’ll believe it when we see it’, or one to heartily praise the logic of?