Maserati GranTurismo

Maserati GranTurismo

The Italian sports car builder Maserati is in the final stages of testing for their Granturismo Spider . Seen here in disguise and on track the production car will make its official debut this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Maserati GT car will then go on sale in early 2010 and is expected to start at around $130,000.

The Spider variant will feature a fabric roof and will be available, just like the coupe , with a choice of 4.2 or 4.7 Liter V8 engine shifted by either an automated manual or a fully automatic transmission.

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Novitec, the German tuners are well known for pumping out highly modified Italian speed machines. Their Novitec Trident Trident e line is dedicated exclusively to tuning Maseratis. By adding a supercharger, reprogrammed ECU and a new exhaust system; they have managed to extract an additional 165 ponies from the 4.7 Liter V8, bringing maximum output up to 600 HP. The GranTurismo S is suspended by a set of KW coilovers and rides on massive 20 inch wheels up front and measure 21 inches in the back. Finishing off all the performance hidden underneath is a full carbon fiber body kit.

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Fans of open air cruising have something new to look forward to. The long awaited Maserati Granturismo Spider will make its official debut this upcoming September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new convertible from FIAT was designed by Pininfarina and uses the same basic architecture as Maserati’s other sportscars, the Granturismo and the Quattroporte. The Spider will be powered by the same 4.2 Liter V8 that makes 405 HP, while the even more powerful S version receives a slightly larger 4.7 Liter motor producing 440 HP. The drop top sports car will go on sale in 2010 and start at around $130,000.

After revealing details on their latest creation, the Maserati GranTurismo MC , the Italian automaker has released the first video of the GT racer stretching its legs at the Paul Ricard circuit, in Le Castellet, France.

The new model is an offshoot of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept introduced last September in Monza and is based on the Maserati GranTurismo S road version, with electro-actuated gearbox system.

Weren’t able to get your hands on a Maserati MC12 ? Well fear not Italian race fans because a new competition Maserati is on the track. Maserati unveiled today the GranTurismo MC, which is the production version of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept . Although this won’t set any Nurburgring lap records like the MC12, the track-only MC should provide good competition in the FIA’s GT4 class.

Maserati GranTurismo MC

Maserati didn’t reveal horsepower figures, but oddly enough it was able to give estimated total weight as well as estimated power to weight ratios. According to those figures, the 4.7-liter V8 engine is making greater than 412 hp.

Maserati GranTurismo MC

This seems like a suspiciously low starting point considering the same engine makes 440 hp in GranTurismo S .

The GranTurismo MC will go on sale starting in October at a price of €135,000 (about $180,000 at the current exchange rates).

Press release after the jump.

Maserati first unveiled the GranTurismo back in 2007 at the Geneva Motor Show. The car was then launched with a 4.2 liter V8 engine mated to a automatic gearbox with self-adjusting controls which adapt the gear change to the driving style and conditions.

Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic

Two years later the company unveils the GranTurismo S Automatic. What’s new about this car is the combination of the automatic transmission with a 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers 440 HP at 7000 rpm and a peak torque of 490Nm at 4.750 rpm.

Thanks to the combination of the 4.7l V8 engine and the smoothness of the ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox, the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic stresses the original granturismo concept while at the same time offering peak performance.

Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic

The Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic features some marked stylistic differences which make it immediately recognisable: the new under-door mini-skirts featuring a prominent shape, which enhances the dynamism of its profile and the new 20" wheel rims with "Trident" design, which recall the strength and elegance of the car.

Press release after the jump.

At the Detroit Auto Show Maserati showed off the Quattroporte Sport GTS , which increased the power in V8 4.7-liter engine by 3 hp for a 433 hp grand total. The GTS package also gave a new shift pattern to the automatic transmission. Now it’s time for the GranTurismo to get the GTS packaging (looks like someone forgot the rules of alphabet soup ), making it the first time a fully-automatic transmission will be offered in the car.

The bigger news coming from the Italian automaker will be what is being considered a third model in its lineup called the Spyder. It should should have seating for four, and may be ready for public viewing as soon as the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The Spyder will be heavily based on the GranTurismo but is being considered its own model by Maserati.

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We like matte black cars especially on an exotic Italian , and it looks like we’re not the only ones.

Matte black Maserati GranTurismo

Design house Italia Independent used a Maserati GranTurismo to gain attention at last year’s Pitti Uomo fashion expo to gain attention for its clothing featuring "natural" colors. Because having one cool Italian in an ultra-cool paintjob wasn’t enough, they also painted a Fiat 500 and Vespa scooter in the lack-luster finish to complete the effect.

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Maserati has released a new video of the accessories for the GranTurismo S .

This just shows how bias we really are. We wouldn’t get excited or post a video about the anti-stone chipping film for the front grille, different color brake calipers, or a floor mat kit for a Honda Accord.

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