Do any of you gearheads remember the Maserati Birdcage 75th concept car? I must say that I love this exotic concept car! I love it enough to bring it back via blog.
The Maserati Birdcage (it even has a cool name) concept was created by Maserati, and designed by Pininfarina. I think the appeal comes first from the brand, as I am a big fan of Maserati as a force in the world of exotic cars and luxury rental cars, and from its appearance.
The Birdcage concept car has such a futuristic and SyFy appearance, that I am attracted to it magnetically. Did I mention it is built on the MC12/Enzo chassis? This is one exotic concept car whose performance matches its looks!
In fact, the concept car is sliced nearly in half, horizontally, allowing it to open up like a fighter jet cockpit, rather than the standard “doors on the side” concept (how dated…).
Because it lacks doors, the bubbly canopy raises like the Bond Bug, Ferrari Modulo, or Saab’s 2006 Aero X concepts.
This concept car was first introduced at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show to honor the classic Maserati Birdcages of the 1960s, as well as Pininfarina’s 75th anniversary. It made such an impact, that a documentary titled “Sleek Dreams” was actually filmed about the luxury concept car and it’s 6-month design process. So let’s get down to specs.
The Maserati Birdcage 75th has a carbon fiber chassis of the MC12 GT1, and shares its robust engine. It is powered by the Ferrari Dino F140 V12 engine, just like the Enzo Ferrari and the MC12. What that translates to is an outstanding 700 horsepower…in a concept car. Diffusers at the rear and 2 spoilers automatically raise at speed.
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