Lovers of exotic cars will be very interested to know about Maserati’s new addition to its lineup of cars. The current models include the Granca Brio, GranTurismo and the Quattroporte. A new model called the Mastretta MXT is being manufactured in Mexico. It is very sleek looking and compares well to the Lotus Elise. It is the first of its kind to be completely designed and manufactured in Mexico. The Mastretta brothers, Carlos and Daniel, said national pride and ambition for their new car motivated them to take the car from idea through concept to reality. Their father went to school in Milan, Italy, where he was taught by Professor Enzo Ferrari.
The Mastretta is powered by a Ford Duratec two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is a former Mazda-engineered engine. It puts out 250 horsepower at 5,200 RPM and 250 foot pounds of torque at 4,000 RPM. The brothers chose this engine because of its mix of reliability and performance. The rear-wheel drive-car is designed so aerodynamically that it reaches 60 mph in just under five seconds from standstill. The five-speed transmission helps propel this torque-laden machine through slalom of mixed obstacles with precision and ease.
In the pictures, the front end of the Mastretta looks like a character from a Pixar movie. It has deep body-side creases that almost look like gouges and sweep upward as they travel toward the back of the car. The Mastretta MXT is a thing of beauty and rivals Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s carbon fiber molds. They have carbon fiber seats upholstered in leather and a nicely laid-out dash along with aluminum pedals and a steering wheel upholstered in suede. Technology features include GPS navigation, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth capability and a DVD player.
Buyers will have the option to swap out engines at time of purchase and choose other options as well. At around a $60,000 base price the Mastretta MXT handles excellently and looks quite sharp to the unsuspecting novice to the market. Exotic cars tend to have higher price tags, but this one doesn’t go beyond reach. Other candidates in the 0 to 60 in less than five second ranges include the Porsche Boxter, Audi TT, Infiniti G37, BMW M3 and Chevrolet Corvette.
The brothers say they will produce around 150 per year, most of which will be sent to Europe and the United States. As sales pick up, they may decide to further develop their manufacturing center in Mexico. Today the luxury sector is doing well in the U.S., with Maserati reporting a 48 percent increase in U.S. sales over the past year. The Gran Turismo convertible is still the biggest seller for the company. In related news, a spokesman verified that a new Maserati SUV would be manufactured using the Jeep Grand Cherokee as a basis. The production process of this model will begin in Detroit.