Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Zagato's Maserati GS

I received an email from Enrico this week with pictures of Zagato's concept Maserati GS with the following text:

"Fashionable Italian custom car builder Zagato, which is based in Milan, is to unveil a dazzling two-seater at the Concours d'Elegance Villa d'Este.

The Maserati GS by Zagato is set to be a real showstopper.

It is based on the Maserati GranSport Spyder but is about 25cm shorter.

According to Zagato the GS has "excellent handling and stability on curves, with extraordinary torsional rigidity".

The car is striking with its all-aluminum bodywork and prominent logos: the trident on the bonnet and the Z on the wing.

Zagato said the vehicle was commissioned by Italian entrepreneur Paolo Boffi. The company said it proposed a vehicle "that evoked the historical Maserati A6 G Zagato of 1954."

I read in a magazine article the other week an interview with Maserati's chief designer, who hinted that Maserati were going to releas a third car in their line up which would be of a more sporting nature, to complement the GranTourismo and the executive Quatroporte. Could this be it?

It's certainly a stunning looking car, with a nice blend of creases and curves, but it doesn't sit well with the current family styling shared by the Pininfarina designed GranTourismo and Quatroporte. My guess is that the third car will come from Pininfarina, since they seem to have forged a bit of a relationship with Maserati of late, with the two current cars and also with last year's concept Birdcage 75th.

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