Maserati is this week taking up a starring role at the Bologna Motor Show as it premières the new MC12 Versione Corse alongside the Quattroporte and GranSport models.

The Modenese company is capturing the dreams of visitors to their stand with the unveiling the new supercar, which has generated a huge amount of publicity and excitement across the globe since it was officially presented last Tuesday. Only twelve examples of the excusive sports car have been produced in Modena; and they will allow a very select number of the brand's clients the chance to test their driving skills behind the wheel one of the most extreme and high-performance cars on the market.

As well as the dramatic "Maserati Blue" MC12 Versione Corse, the Trident brand is also exhibiting all members of its sporty road range in Bologna: the award-winning Quattroporte flagship in both its Sport GT and Executive GT guises, the lively GranSport Spyder, and the much sought after GranSport Coupé, being shown in "Limited Edition" specification.


Above: Pro cyclist Mario Cipollini. Top: Andrea Bertolini, who won the 2006 FIA GT drivers' title at the wheel of a Vitaphone Racing run MC12, alongside the "Versione Corsa" in Bologna.


Maserati’s new Chief Executive Officer, Roberto Ronchi receives Georgette Lalis, Director of the European Commission’s automobile sector on the Trident marque's stand at the Bologna Motor Show.

During the opening days of Italy's biggest motor show, high profile politicians and sports stars have been among the thousands of people to visit the spacious Maserati stand.  One highlight was when the 2005 FIA GT Championship Drivers’ drivers title winner, Andrea Bertolini, dropped by. Bertolini won the title at the wheel of a Vitaphone Racing run MC12, helping them to secure the Teams' title in the process. Among the other champions from the world of sport to visit the stand were ex-Formula 1 driver and now co-owner of Scuderia Toro Rosso, Gerhard Berger, and the sprint specialist cyclist, Mario Cipollini. Maserati’s new Chief Executive Officer, Roberto Ronchi, also received Georgette Lalis, Director of the European Commission’s automobile sector.

The Trident company is also presenting the 'Maserati Collection' to the public at the motor show. The brand new merchandising catalogue's products range includes apparel, leather goods and gifts, all of which are distinguished by craftsmanship and attention to detail typical of the Modenese marque.

"For us the Italian market is very important,"  a Maserati spokesman told Italiaspeed at the show. "The most sold model here is the Quattroporte, the second is the GranSport and then the Spyder and Coupé. The market is now anticipating the new models: in January we will show the Quattroporte with the new automatic gearbox in Detroit, while in March in Geneva we will present the new Coupé," he adds.

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Maserati has used the Bologna Motor Show this week to unveil the definitive version one of the most extreme supercars now available – the MC12 Versione Corse

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