Posted in Auto NewsAt yesterday’s launch of the Maserati Levante Vulcano, there was one other automobile sporting the trident badge that was merely unmissable, if not outright stealing the thunder. The Maserati MC12 is the best modern-day automobile sporting the well-known badge, and it’s very uncommon with solely 50 models ever made. A kind of has everlasting residence at Naza Italia’s Petaling Jaya showroom, and whereas we’ve featured it earlier than six years in the past, every sighting is a deal with, so right here’s one other spherical of drooling. This time, the handlers introduced out the MC12 – in its signature white-navy blue livery – for some recent air and Vitamin D. The road-going MC12 was created to homologate a racing variant that went on to compete (and win) within the FIA GT Championship, marking Maserati’s return to racing after an extended absence of 37 years. That explains the MC12’s race automobile look, though Maserati used the fighter jet-bodied Enzo Ferrari as basis. The Enzo’s a legend, however this Frank Stephenson-penned physique is manner sexier, and the MC12 proved its credentials with race victories. The Maser’s detachable hardtop is a bonus. The MC12’s rear-mid mounted engine is a 6.Zero litre V12 associated to the Enzo’s coronary heart. It makes 630 PS and 652 Nm of torque, chanelled to the rear wheels through a six-speed semi-auto Cambiocorsa gearbox with steering shift paddles. The Zero-100 km/h dash is despatched in three.eight seconds whereas prime pace is 330 km/h. Now a prized collectible, the Maserati MC12 was pre-sold for 600,000 euros (RM2.78 million) every from 2004-2005. How a lot is it price now? One pristine unit (31/50, 770 km from new, identical signature color) was bought by RM Sotheby’s for US$2,090,000 (RM8.55 million). Final 12 months, the identical auctioneer moved one on for two,001,875 euros (RM9.27 million). The latter – additionally in white – was “pushed commonly” and had 12,500 km on the clock. Costs are rising and Naza’s unit may effectively be price RM10 million in a few years. Contact AUTOart for extra reasonably priced choices. The publish GALLERY: Maserati MC12 – this RM10m automobile lives in PJ appeared first on Paul Tan's Automotive Information.