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LA Auto Show – Maserati MC-12

Maserati Teases Auto Press With MC-12
AutoPacific and VehicleVoice staffers dutifully attended the Maserati press conference, but you get the feeling that Maserati executives felt compelled to have a press conference at the 2006 (2006.5?) Los Angeles Auto Show. With a full 30% of Maserati’s US Sales coming from California, we would have expected more
While little news was shared, the press did have the opportunity to view a street version of the MC-12. The vehicle $1.5 million vehicle was provided by the Riverside Automotive Museum, which gives you the sense that it is more of a “piece” than a machine. US sales of 14 units are testament to its rarity… in fact, is it a real car?

Technical Specifications
– Roadster-type bodywork with removable hardtop, two-seater, mid-rear engine, rear wheel drive.
– Carbon-fibre and Nomex honeycomb monocoque chassis with aluminium front and rear sub-chassis.
– Front : double wishbones with push-rod activated damping; progressive rate steel dampers and coaxial coils and springs.
– Rear: double wishbones with push-rod activated damping; progressive rate steel dampers and coaxial coils and springs 19”.

Wheels and Tires

– Alloy wheels: front 9J x 19, rear 13J x 19.
– Front tires 245/35 ZR19, rear 345/35 ZR19.
– Brembo braking system with four cross-drilled ventilated discs.
– Front 380 mm x 34 mm, rear 335 mm x 32 mm
– Light alloy six-piston callipers front, four-piston rear with differentiated diameters.
– Bosch 5.3 ABS. Electronically controlled braking corrector (EBD).
– Longitudinal rear-mounted gearbox.
– Maserati Cambiocorsa mechanical gearbox with electronically controlled electro-hydraulic operation via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
– Dry twin-plate clutch, diameter 215 mm (8.46 in) with flexible couplings and hydraulic control.
– Bosch ASR traction control.


– 65° V12
– Twin gear-driven overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, with four hydraulic valves per cylinder.
– Dry sump engine lubrication with integral pump.
– Bosch injection-ignition system,
– Drive-by-wire electronic accelerator.
– Weight: 232 kg
– Displacement: 5998 cm3
– Bore: 92 mm
– Stroke: 75.2 mm
– Compression ratio: 11.2:1
– Maximum power: 465 kW (630 horsepower) at 7500 rpm
– Peak torque: 652 Nm (66.5 kgm) at 5500 rpm
Dimensions and Weight
– Length: 5143 mm
– Width: 2096 mm
– Height: 1205 mm
– Wheelbase: 2800 mm
– Fuel tank capacity: 115 l
– Dry weight: 1335 kg
– Weight distribution: 41 % front – 59% rear
– Weight/Power ratio: 2.1 kg/hp
– Top speed: >204 mph
– 0-62 mph: 3.8 s
– 0-124 mph: 9.9 s

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