The monster by Zagato celebrates Maserati
The monster, mostro in Italian, has its roots back in Maserati and Maserati 450 S Coupe Zagato created for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race and it surely goes back in time with lines that evoke classic race cars of that time. Zagato and Maserati are working together since the early 1930s so the Italian design house was a natural choice to make something special for Maserati's birthday. The result is stunning, a supercar that has just the right name.
The Mostro clearly belongs to the racing track although it it ready to pass all requirements and be used as a street car. The front-dominated hood is as powerful as it can be, and its linws seamlessly continue along the the central part and to the perfectly designed and aerodynamically perfected back. The undersized cabin is pushed all the way back into the tail, creating a capsule-like cockpit accessed via a set of tall butterfly doors. The windshield is wide and allows for great visibility from the low cabin.
Zagato's body is made of carbon fiber and a carbon fiber monocell secured to a rear subframe and tubular steel mid-frame. Below the hood is something every driver would like to experience: a central-front V8 engine that sounds like a monster and delivers the power to the road via 19-in alloy wheels, 255/40 R19 front and 295/35 R19 back. There are large discs to help bring the beast to a stop when you put it to the max using its six-speed semi-automatic gearbox. Which works very well with 300kW (402 hp) under the hood.
Five of them will be made and they are all already sold to special Maserati clients so your only hope is the secondary market and for that you'll have to wait because deliveries will begin this December. ■
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