In 2015, Zagato presented the Maserati Mostro, an excellent compact sports car that was largely manufactured and built by Belgium’s Gillet. As a tribute to the Maserati 450S Coupé Zagato of 1957, designed by Frank Costin at the request of Stirling Moss for 24 Hours of Le Mans. After all, the race car was nicknamed “il mostro”. We are now seven years later, but the animal is still alive.
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At the 2022 Concorso d’eleganza Villa d’Este, Zagato will be running the Maserati Mostro Barchetta, a high-end version that combines a carbon fiber chassis similar to the choice of a new engine. The 4.2-V8 aerial is still available, but if you want you can also combine Barchetta with Nettuno’s power source from the Maserati MC20. The option for biturbo V6 increases power from 420 to not less than 630 hp. Beware, because this Zagato formulation still has no interesting controls.
Carbon fiber, no traction control
Zagato does not easily touch the structure of the original Maserati Mostro. Barchetta removes the roof and gets the body panels fixed to the back (without back damage), but otherwise the lines are free from the most modern design keys. The interior will be given modified decorations, which are not only the highest quality, but also the most sophisticated. Well, don’t expect a big touch screen, even if Barchetta, Maserati Mostro will remain a Spartan athlete.
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What a cost to “Mostro Barchetta Zagato Powered by Maserati”, an Italian design house does not want to hang on our noses. We know that the Barchetta version is only five copies, just as the closed version of the Maserati Mostro was then available. The first of five cars now has its new owner.