Zagato previews Maserati-powered Mostro coupe

Just five examples of the Mostro will be built.

Zagato - one of the last remaining Italian coachbuilders - has announced it will reveal a brand new model at the Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance that will kick off this weekend in Italy.

Designed to celebrate Maserati's 100th anniversary, the Mostro (a word that literally translates to "monster" in Italian) is a tribute to the highly-aerodynamic Maserati 450 S Coupé Zagato "Monster" that was personally commissioned by pilot Sir Stirling Moss for the 1957 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 21st century Mostro rides on a lightweight chassis made up of steel sub-frames bolted to a carbon fiber passenger cell, and its body is built entirely out of carbon fiber. Visually, the coupe pays a worthy tribute to its predecessor without adopting a full-on retro-styled design. Notably, the doors are hinged high up on the A-pillar so the Mostro forgoes Zagato's trademarked double-bubble roof panel.

Power comes from a Maserati-sourced V8 engine mounted in front-mid position but full technical specs haven't been published yet. The eight-cylinder spins the rear wheels via a six-speed semi-automatic transmission mounted over the rear axle, a setup that noticeably improves weight distribution.

Zagato will build just five examples of the Mostro over the next couple of months and it promises each one will be street-legal. Pricing hasn't been announced, but it's of little interest to us because every single example has been spoken for already.

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