There’s a reason why Zagato’s new coachbuilt is nick-named “The Monster”.
The main explanation (and the correct one) is that this limited-edition beauty celebrates Maserati’s centenary and pays homage to the original “Mostro” – a 1957 Maserati 450S Coupe, penned by Frank Costin.
At the request of Sir Stirling Moss, Maserati hired Costin to create a streamline coupe body for the 450 S, in order to be raced at the 1957 24-hour of Le Mans. Unfortunately, due to mechanical problems, the car didn’t perform so well ending up abandoning the race.
Anyway, we can think of another reason why the new car deserves this epithet. For starters, it does sound like a monster. The front mid-engine Maserati V8 produces a concerto on wheels, sung by wild animals.
In fact, the car itself is an animal, since it was built as a racecar and then converted to be road-legal. So, expect lots of carbon fiber chassis bits underneath.
The body, made entirely from carbon fiber, looks distinct too. As it keeps the original proportions and style, Zagato states that its design is more iconic than nostalgic. You can take a look and see for yourself what they’re on about, in the video below.