How the Maserati became Britain’s most commonly stolen supercar

When the Maserati brothers founded the brand that bears their name in 1914, they could only have dreamed that their legacy would live on more than a hundred years later.

However, despite securing a formidable reputation for producing some of the fastest vehicles on the planet, Maserati has an unexpected distinction: it’s the sports supercar brand most likely to be stolen in Britain.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) reveal that 71 Maseratis were stolen in the UK last year, averaging out to approximately one theft every five days.

This is remarkable considering that the Italian car manufacturer sells fewer than 1,000 cars annually in the UK, according to the Daily Mail. The most stolen Maserati models in 2023 were the Ghibli diesel V6 (17 cars), followed by the Maserati Levante diesel V6 (10 cars) and the Maserati Levante petrol V6 (6 cars).

Interestingly, Maserati outpaces other luxury supercar brands in theft frequency. Ferrari, a direct competitor, had 43 thefts last year, despite selling a similar number of cars in Britain. Perhaps thieves have a preference for Maseratis, or maybe these elegant Italian cars are simply easier targets. Either way, it’s a surprising twist for a brand known for its timeless design and rapid acceleration.

A spokesperson for Maserati said: ‘At Maserati, we continually strive to develop and install the latest security features and technologies in our cars.

‘All of our models currently sold in the UK are equipped with state-of-the-art anti-theft technology, including perimeter and volumetric alarm systems, together with a GPS tracking system (compliant with the Thatcham Category standards), as well as a stolen vehicle alert service on the Maserati Connect mobile app.’

Interestingly, in the United States, the Dodge Charger has consistently ranked among the top five most-stolen vehicles for over a decade, especially the models equipped with powerful engines. So, whether it’s Maseratis in Britain or Chargers in the US, some cars just seem to be irresistible targets for thieves.

If you’re curious about the least likely cars to be stolen, the Tesla Model 3 (AWD) tops the list for model years 2020-22. So, if security is a concern, perhaps electric vehicles are the way to go, says Cars. Stay vigilant and keep those keys safe!

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