Florida-based tuner and audio specialists, Ultimate Auto, is making some waves for the right reasons. A few months ago, we showed you what it was able to do to a Dodge Challenger SRT8.
True to form, Ultimate Auto followed that up with a new program, this time for the Maserati GranTurismo MC. The first thing the tuner did to the Italian supercar was to give it set of 20-inch Forgiato wheels. All well and good, but the wheels aren’t the highlight of the program.
For that, we go to the interior where you’ll notice that the GranTurismo MC has a new audio system. Not surprising, considering Ultimate Auto happens to be an expert in that area. Pop open the suede trunk and there it is, a JL Audio 10W3 subwoofer and a custom-lighted carbon-fiber trim ring that suits the luxury trim on the GranTurismo MC’s interior cabin.
Another unique and quite useful addition to the program is the Escort 9500ci radar detector, a technology that automatically drops the GranTurismo MC’s speed before it gets detected by radar, as well as a laser diffuser system that can keep the cops out of the supercar’s hair.
With all that additions, coupled with the 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 443 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, this GranTurismo MC is definitely one to take serious notice of. And hey, it doesn’t hurt that the car can hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 185 mph.
Of all the one-make racing series in the world, one that has really caught our attention is the Maserati Trofeo MC World Series. We like this series because it’s pretty competitive and because it features a race version of one of the supercars we love the most: the GranTurismo.
Maserati recently lifted the covers off of the GranTurismo MC Trofeo and just as it was last year, the 2013 version is all sorts of awesome.
Some modifications have been made to the 2013 GranTurismo MC Trofeo, including the widening of the track and the reduction of the weight, dropping it down to just 1,380 kg (3,042 pounds). But for the most part, the 2013 model is still pretty similar to its predecessor, including the it carrying the same 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produces roughly 490 horsepower.
The Maserati Trofeo MC World Series season is set to kick off in France this coming April 28th. Fifteen teams have already signed up for the series and with the aim of getting twenty teams on board, organizers are poised to have a pretty stout field that could rival the 84 drivers from 24 countries who competed during the 2012 season.
After being first unveiled at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale is about to receive its first major update, which Maserati will display at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The most impressive updates include: a more powerful 4.7-liter V-8 engine, plus the availability of a 2+2 seating configuration — previous version was only offered with a two-seat configuration.
On the exterior, the new MC Stradale received a series of updates inspired by the Maserati MC Trofeo racecar, including a carbon-fiber hood and a set of forged alloy wheels. The interior is offers four comfortable seats and new, higher-quality materials. With all of these updates, the new MC Stradale is offers the perfect combination of sportiness, luxury and elegance; comfort and style; and functionality and dynamism.
Thanks to the more powerful engine, the new GranTurismo MC Stradale is now 2 mph faster than the previous model.
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A tragic incident happened yesterday at the Las Vegas Strip when a gunmen started to fire from a Range Rover into a Maserati and caused a terrific crash. The driver of the Maserati was shot, lost control of his car and smashed into a taxi. The taxi exploded into flames, killing the driver and a passenger.
The gunfire and the collision caused another four vehicles to crash and at least four people were injured, including the passenger in the Maserati. The police offered no details on the people hurt in the incident, but they identified the driver of the Maserati as aspiring rapper Kenneth Cherry Jr. — known to the hip-hop world as Kenny Clutch. In his YouTube video he appears rapping from a silver Maserati while cruising the Las Vegas Strip.
According to sources close to the situation, Cherry was killed in the crash, but the police still have not confirmed his death.
One of the witnesses of the incident said after the crash: "There was a loud bang and I hear two other booms. I looked out my window at Caesars Palace ... and could see the fireball."
The incident happened in the same zone where Tupac Shakur was shot on September 7, 1996, while riding in a BMW with Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight.
Just a few days ago we brought you a first rendering of the next-generation Maserati GranCabrio. Today is time to take a first look at its coupe sibling — the GranTurismo. Both models are part of Maserati’s bold plans of increasing its sales number to a total of 50,000 units a year — an impressive jump over the current 6,159 units.
Few details are known at this point about the next sports coupe, but who said we can’t speculate a little, right? The model will be smaller than the one it replaces and our rendering reveals a more aggressive design language. Up front we will see all-new headlamps, a redesigned front grille, a larger lip spoiler and larger air intakes. On the rear, Maserati will place redesigned taillights, a discrete rear spoiler and new tailpipes.
Under the hood, rumor has it that Maserati will place the company’s new V-8 engine developed by Ferrari at Maranello.
Just like with the GranCabrio version, the second-generation GranTurismo will be unveiled in 2014 with sales to being in early 2015.
Image Note: The above image is a TopSpeed rendering of the new GranTurismo and is not an official image.
Maserati’s long history began on December 1, 1914 and during this period, the company only managed to hit a production plan of 6,159 units a year (2012). The future, however, looks completely different, asthe Italian company plans to hit a sales target of 50,000 units per year by 2015.
In order to achieve this sales target, Maserati plans to add three new models to its lineup — a new sedan placed under the current Quattroporte, a SUV and a new baby sports car.
The first to arrive will be a small sedan, which was previously confirmed as the Ghibli. It will be launched sometime next year and will be priced at about €55,000 (about $73k at the current exchange rates). In 2014, Maserati will bring a new SUV, the Levante, to the market. It was previewed by the Kubang concept and will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s platform, but it will feature unique styling details. The Levante will be priced at €60,000 (about $80k).
2015 will be the busiest year for Maserati. First, the company will bring the next-generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio into production and a new sports car, which is rumored to be called GranSport. This latter model will target the Porsche 911 and will carry a base price of about €80,000 to €90,000 ($105,800 to $119,050).
So, keep an eye out for big changes in our favorite trident-bearing brand, as it morphs into a more mainstream auto manufacturer.
Maserati’s future looks quite promising. It has just unveiled the new Quattroporte, and we are waiting to see the production versions of the Kubang concept and the yet-to-be-named sports car below the current GranTurismo. However, it looks like these are not the only models to be offered by the company, as Autoweek is reporting, via a Maserati employee, that Maserati will soon offer up a new sports car placed above the current GranTurismo.
Said employee told the magazine that this won’t be just a special edition of the current GranTurismo, but an entirely new model with completely different bodywork and with a more powerful engine. We believe this engine to be a more powerful version of the current twin-turbocharged V-8 developed for the new Quattroporte.
No other details have been provided, but rumors say the new car will arrive on the market by 2015.
Stay tuned for more details!
Maserati Corse unveiled their new GranTurismo MC GT3 at the Fiat Industrial Village Motorfest in Turin, Italy, but the reveal was a little behind considering the vehicle has already shown everyone what it can do by winning its first race at the last Superstars GT Sprint at Italian Autodromo Di Vallelunga. Driver Alessandro Pier Guidi was behind the wheel during the victory.
This race was just a preparation for the upcoming Superstars GT race in Pergusa set to begin in just a few days. Maserati hasn’t made an appearance in this series since 2004, but the company is now ready for another round with a race car that seems to be screaming "Here I am!"
The new GranTurismo MC GT3 Race Car was based on the MC Stradale street-version, but it adds a more racing-inspired appearance with a new front spoiler lip, new side skirts, and a huge rear wing that will provide stability during high-speed racing.
Stay tuned for more details.
As you probably have noticed we have had tons of recalls in the past few months. It started with 10-20 units recalled here and there and culminated with the monstrous 7.4 million units recalled announced by Toyota. And now Maserati is also joining the recalling list with a total of 485 2012 Quattroporte, Granturismo, GranCabrio, and Granturismo MC vehicles.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may malfunction due to a software error, preventing the driver from being notified of a low tire pressure situation. And if the driver will continue using the vehicle with a tire that has low air pressure, the tire may fail, increasing the risk of a crash.
So, if you drive such a more you should contact your local dealer and you’ll have the TPMS control unit replaced free of charge. The campaign is expected to begin in early November 2012. You may contact Maserati at 1-201-816-2600 in order to find out more details about the recall.
What’s better than one Italian thoroughbred? We know the answer to that one. Two!
But what’s better than two Italian thoroughbreds? A little tricky, but if you’re answer involves the names Heather Doss and Ashley Valderrama, then you get the jackpot!
So here’s where we’re at: it’s a photoshoot that has a Ferrari 360 and a Maserati GranTurismo. On top of that, we have a pair of too-hot-for-words models in the form of Heather Doss and Ashley Valderrama.
It doesn’t even matter where this shoot took place - apparently, it’s somewhere in the US - what’s important is that this intoxicating combination of Italian exotics and American sexiness is in full display with plenty of amazing photos, thanks to Itzkirb Photography.
Check out the gallery below and try to figure how Itzkirb Photography managed to fit all these pieces of hotness into a steamy batch of photos. Here’s a suggestion, though: don’t over think it and just enjoy the spread.
That’s what we did.