Maserati MC12-01

This writer was at the recent Maserati GranTurismo Sport launch when he got distracted. Not so much by the beautiful models, or even Miss Malaysia Universe 2013 Carey Ng, but by this car.

Those who have visited Naza Auto Mall or Naza Italia might have seen it before, but for everyone else, you’re looking at a Maserati MC12, one of only 50 units to be sold to customers worldwide. Yes, this is a super-rare machine that’s highly collectible. It was pre-sold for 600,000 euros a unit from 2004-2005, and is worth much more now.

The road-going MC12 was created to homologate a racing variant that went on to compete in the FIA GT Championship, marking Maserati’s return to racing after a long absence of 37 years. That explains the MC12’s race car appearance, although Maserati used the Enzo Ferrari as foundation.

The MC12’s rear-mid mounted engine is a 6.0 litre V12 related to the Enzo’s heart. It makes 630 PS and 652 Nm of torque, chanelled to the rear wheels via a six-speed semi-auto gearbox with flappy paddles. 0-100 km/h is done in 3.8 seconds while top speed is 330 km/h. Interested? Here’s one we found on sale.

Like the Renault Sport Spider we showed you yesterday, sometimes car launches can yield more than just the launch car!