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.
There’s is only one reason to strip out all the Italian goodness from a car, and it’s to go racing. So now we’ve got more pics of the lighter faster version of Maserati’s GT car, the GranTurismo MC. These were taken as the GT4 competitor made its debut at the Paul Ricard circuit, in France.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
We like matte black cars especially on an exotic Italian, and it looks like we’re not the only ones.
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.
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.
The Maserati MC Sport Line made its debut at the beginning at this month at the Bologna Auto Show. And today the company revealed a video with the car at the show. There’s no new info on the car, but a video of a Maserati is always good time.
The MC Sport Line adds front and rear carbon-fiber spoilers, side skirts with a matte black central panel, carbon fiber mirror housings and exterior door handles, and glossy black 20" wheel rims. Maserati also added performance enhancing elements. The suspension has been upgraded to stiffer springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars. There’s also new software for Maserati’s Stability Program, which the company says allows the driver "more freedom".
The second video (after the jump) includes the entire Maserati line-up in Bologna.
Of the two models Maserati is working on (a smaller car that will compete with models like the Porsche Boxster and a Spyder version of its GranTurismo) the GT Spyder is the easiest to imagine. After all just take the current GranTurismo and chop off the top.
There’s nothing new rumored to be going on underneath the skin either. The spyder is expected to share architecture with the Quattroporte and utilize a 399 hp 4.2-liter V8, just like the hardtop version. But the fact there’s no improvements doesn’t matter, it’s still a beautiful Italian. In fact, its a topless beautiful Italian. So we will be first in line at 2009 at the Frankfurt Auto Show to try and find out more.
Looks like Maserati is getting into some territory usually reserved for the customizers when it unveiled a new special edition at the Bologna Auto Show, the MC Sport Line. Starting with a GranTurismo S, Maserati adds front and rear carbon-fiber spoilers, side skirts with a matte black central panel, carbon fiber mirror housings and exterior door handles, and glossy black 20" wheel rims.
Maserati also added performance enhancing elements. The suspension has been upgraded to stiffer springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars. There’s also new software for Maserati’s Stability Program, which the company says allows the driver "more freedom".
Because this comes directly from Maserati everything is done in good taste. This makes it a much harder sell for some of the custom jobs out there. Although this MC Sport Line is based on the GranTurismo S, Maserati says it will bring the Sport Line features to the GranTurismo and then the entire Maserati line-up in 2009.
Press release after the jump.
The Maserati GranTurismo is more elegant than aggressive. The engine may sound like it could blow the doors off the competition, but the smooth bodywork looks like it would rather caress other’s doors off. Now customizer Elite Carbon seems to trying to change come of that with their kit for Maserati’s GT.
The body kit itself features a new front bumper with a clear-painted exposed carbon lip and brake intake surrounds. The kit also has new side skirts with an exposed carbon-fiber lip, new back deck spoiler, new rear diffuser, new exhaust surround, and 21-inch alloy wheels.
The only thing that must be skipped is the improved exhaust system. It may have high performance headers, but you should never risk messing with a Maserati’s exhaust note.
Maserati has a lot on its plate for a small car manufacturer. There are rumored plans for new "S" sport models GranTurismo, a GT Spyder version, a new baby coupe and sedan, as well as its already shown off a racing version of the GranTurismo. The Italian boutique Italian firm has so many projects going on, we sometimes question if it will be able to go through with them all. So we are a little comforted to see progress being made on one of the more obviously needed projects, the GranTurismo Spyder.
The spy shot shows a car with a metal folding hardtop, but according to Car Magazine spacial requirements for the trunk require a cloth roof in production. Car’s closer inspection confirmed there will be back seats in the GT’s Spyder (something that was deleted on the 3200 and 4200 drop-top models.)
The new Spyder is designed by Pininfarina and will use the family architecture of the Granturismo and Quattroporte. It will use the same the same 4.2- and 4.7-litre V8 engines. Expect to see an almost finished version in late 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show with sales to begin in 2010.
It almost seems like the tuning world is saying that Maserati knows how to make a beautiful car body, but it lacks skills with the wheels. After seeing Hamann’s new wheels for the GranTurismo last week, now Project Kahn is having its turn with the Italian.
Project Kahn mounted 20-inch Kahn RS-V wheels to the GT. The company says serves a real purpose by improving stability at high speeds. That could also be attributed to the suspension upgrade that is needed to properly facilitate the new wheels. Just like the Hamann car, Kahn saw no need to add any modifications to the car body or the 405 hp V8.
It’s a problem many of us have. You’ve just picked up your new Maserati GranTurismo, but you’re afraid that it’s just like everyone else’s $110,000 Italian sports car. Now it’s Hamann to the image rescue with its new wheels for Maserati’s GT. These are 21 inch EDITION RACE wheels: FA 9.0Jx21 with tires 245/30ZR21 and RA 12.5Jx21 with tires 345/45ZR21.
No details yet on if Hamann went to work on the GT’s 405 horsepower, but when we know more, you’ll know more.
Remember yesterday we were telling you that Maserati is going to surprise us at the Paris Auto Show? Here’s the surprise: the new GranTurismo MC Corse Concept that will compete starting 2009 in the FIA championships.
The concept is based on the newly launched GranTurismo S. But compared to its engine, the engien for the concept was upgraded with a new intake system, competition-spec catalytic converters and a center-exit exhaust and now develops a maximum power of 450 hp.
The concept comes with a new front splitter, a larger rear spoiler, and more aerodynamically efficient side skirts, while the suspension has been upgraded to meet the track surface with 18x12-inch front and 18x13-inch rear wheels fitted with racing slicks.
Looks like Maserati may be working on a competition car — possibly a rival for the Porsche 911 GT3. The GranTurismo Trofeo is expected to make its debut at the U.S. Grand Am championship. From this spy shot, the GT Trofeo features a roll-bar, lowered spoiler and plenty of air intakes - everything necessary for a good track day.
Maserati today unveiled a new video of the 2009 Quattroporte S taking some winding roads in the Alps.
The Quattroporte S is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers 430 hp. The cars featurea the 6-speed automatic transmission developed in association with ZF.
AutoCar caught testing the future Maserati Spyder at the Nuburgring in Germany. Like the California, it’s based on a shortened version of the Maserati GranTurismo platform. It even gets a metal folding roof that’s similar to the new Ferrari’s.
Under the hood there will be the same 399bhp 4.2-litre V8 found under the bonnet of its larger GranTurismo sibling. And of course it will get the same six-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The Spyder’s front-end is likely to share design cues with the GranTurismo; notably its sharply tapered, aggressive headlights.
Well it had to happen, but we’re sorry for this guy who had to be the first one to crash a Maserati GranTurismo (at least the first one we know about).
The accident happened on a quiet country road in Cumberland, Ontario, Canada where the exotic car crash into a SUV. Ouch!
You can imagine that the guy has less than 1,500 miles on the odometer. :(
AutoBild caught the future Maserati GT-C (Gran Turismo Convertible) testing in Germany. Powered by a V8 engine the future GT-C will join the Gran Turismo line-up starting 2009 (next to the GT and the GT S).
Built on the same platform as the Gran Turismo Coupe, it will be a folding soft top convertible, and not a hardtop one as some rumors suggested.
Under the hood there will be the same 4,2 liter V8 engine as in the coupe version that will deliver 405 hp at 7,100 rpm and a maximum torque of 460 Nm at 4,750 rpm.
Maserati revealed new images of the new GranTurismo S. The car made its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show.
The GranTurismo S is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers 440 hp. It also features a electro-actuated gearbox with fast MC-Shift arranged in the Transaxle layout typical of high-performance sports cars.
Check the full image gallery in here.
More than 200 journalists from 30 countries had the opportunity to test drive the new Maserati GranTurismo S on the roads of Northern Italy from May 12 to 30 2008.
GranTurismo S is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers 440 hp. It features a electro-actuated gearbox with fast MC-Shift arranged in the Transaxle layout typical of high-performance sports cars.
For more video of the interior and the engine, click here.
Maserati today revealed a new video of the GranTurismo S. The GT S was recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle features a compact and lightweight 4.7 liter V8 engine which has a maximum power output of 440 HP at 7,000 rpm and peak torque of 490 Nm at 4,750 rpm. The electro-actuated 6-speed gearbox has an MC-Shift software which harnesses the new engine’s power output. The car can accelerate from 0 to 100 Km/h in 4.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 295 Km/h, the fastest ever reached by a production Maserati.
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As announced yesterday Maserati will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show a sporty version of the GranTurismo. The new model, called GranTurismo S will be powered by a 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers 440 hp. It also features a electro-actuated gearbox with fast MC-Shift arranged in the Transaxle layout typical of high-performance sports cars.
The GranTurismo S makes use of the high-performance brake system developed in collaboration with Brembo and introduced for the first time in the automotive field on the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S.
On the interior the GranTurismo S features Poltrona Frau leather and Alcantara.
Press release after the jump.
Maserati will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show a sporty version of the newly-launched GranTurismo. Called GranTurismo S, the new comer will be powered by a mighty 434bhp 4.7-litre V8 powerplant – a 35bhp boost over the standard car. To help drivers make the most of the S it is fitted with Maserati’s quick-shifting automated manual gearbox.
The GranTurismo S will be powered by powerful Brembo brakes as standard, a subtle bodykit and exterior styling tweaks. On the interior, the GranTurismo S will feature leather and Alcantara.
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