We love Fiat’s partnership with Gucci and the resulting 500 by Gucci born from it. However, with all due respect to those two, the latest collaboration between Italian automaker and Italian fashion house is making us drool. The car is a Maserati GranCabrio. The fashion house is Fendi. The result is the GranCabrio Fendi, a car that has been described as "a masterpiece of technology and craftsmanship."
And that just might be an understatement.
To begin with, the GranCabrio has been finished with a special dark grey, three-layer body color with an iridescent golden finish on the surface. Then there are wood trims across the dashboard, doors, and gear lever, complemented by yellow painted brake calipers. The seats have been dressed with Fendi’s iconic ’double F’ logo with the headrests embroidered with yellow stitching featuring Maserati’s famous trident logo.
In addition, the special edition GranCabrio also features a silver oval plaque on the dashboard, displaying the Maserati trident, the Fendi logo, and the five-digit series number. There’s also a special black car cover and to top everything off, there’s also a Limited Edition Travel Set of Fendi luggage and accessories.
For all the changes done on the car’s looks, the powertrain and corresponding output remains the same. What this means is that you’ll still get the 4.7-liter V8 engine with 433 horsepower and 362 lb/ft of torque with a top speed 180 mph.
Maserati has yet to release the financial damage this car will have on our accounts, but to be honest, we’d probably fork over whatever figure it sells for just because we’re completely smitten with it. The paint finish alone already caused our jaws to drop to the floor.
UPDATE 09/22/2011: Maserati has just released a video that provides a look behind the scenes of the GranCabrio Fendi. It’s a slow starter, complete with elevator music and a slow sketch of the Maserati, but it shows everything from the work on the body down to the stitching of the seats.
The GranTurismo S Automatic has turned out to be Maserati’s most sold model on the British market and, as a thanks to their customers, the automaker is now offering a new Sport Pack as a bonus. The new add-on further enhances the GranTurismo S Automatic so that it delivers a performance oriented experience, but don’t expect that experience for free; the new package is priced at £3,840, or about $6,240 at the current exchange rates.
The most important feature of the new Sport Pack is a revised exhaust system which keeps its bypass valves fully open in Sport mode to provide an even richer sound. Next to this, the package also includes body colored side skirts and front winglets, a stylish black grille featuring the Maserati Trident logo with red accents, black mesh side grilles, black look headlights, an integrated rear boot lid spoiler, and oval exhaust pipes. Grigio Mercury Neptune-design alloy wheels finish off the Maserati’s sportier look.
Other than that, the GranTurismo S Automatic’s specifications remain unchanged. Look for the usual 4.7-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 440 HP and a peak torque of 361 lbs-ft at 4750 rpm to get the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds flat. Top speed remains at 183 mph.
Maserati may err on the side of of caution when choosing between luxury and speed, but eventually speed-loving fanatics have no choice but to reveal their road-gripping, fire-breathing side. Alas, we now have evidence of Maserati’s wild side. Just a couple of weeks before the Italian luxury brand was set to unveil their new special edition Gran Turismo at the Paris Auto Show, the company has jumped the gun and released the first official details of the fastest, lightest, and most powerful Maserati in the line-up. We hope everyone is just as intrigued as we were because this is a side of Maserati that should come out more often.
The special edition is called the GranTurismo MC Stradale and is due to go on sale in Europe in the first quarter of 2011 with a U.S. launch shortly thereafter. It is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers 450 HP - an improvement over the standard 405 HP - while still offering the same fuel consumption as a standard Gran Turismo. It also comes with an improved aerodynamic down force and will brake the 186 mph barrier.
Inspired by the Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the race-winning GT4 motorsport models, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale special edition has been tweaked and modified as a direct result of the lessons learned from Maserati’s three racing programs. But what makes this vehicle even better is that it’s road legal.
More details about the car will be released closer to its official unveiling.
UPDATE 07/27/2011: Maserati North American has announced that the new MC Stradale will go on sale at a starting price of $139,000. With its 185 mph top speed, this will be the fastest Maserati offered on the US market.
Hit the jump to read more about the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale.
Maserati unveiled the GranTurismo MC Stradale at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, but the company is now bringing the North American version of the car to the New York Auto Show. It’s not exactly the street-legal machine found with the Stradale nameplate, though. This is the Maserati Corse (MC) which means we have a racing setup with no hopes to take it out on the streets. Eliminate the Stradale wording, add a new transmission and two rear seats, and you get a car that will only be sold on the US and Canadian market, strictly for track use.
The new GranTurismo MC will be the fastest production car Maserati has ever sold in the US market. It is powered by a 4.7-liter all-alloy V8 engine that delivers 443 HP at 7000rpm and and a peak torque of 376 lbs-ft at 4750rpm. This translates into enough power to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 185 mph. The MC version comes with a automatic gearbox instead of the Race Shift transmission that was used for the Stradale version.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC.
Maserati has been making headlines with its engine reduction, a sub-Quattroporte, and the Maserati of tomorrow, but the Australian International Auto Show saw the current side of Maserati as it unveiled its newest special edition.
The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S MC Sportline (yeah, that’s a ridiculously long name) is basically the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS equipped with the MC Sportline package which was first unveiled for the GranTurismo S model. We haven’t heard exactly how many units of this special edition we are going to get, but the GranTurismo S only got 12 so we imagine this special edition will get the same treatment.
The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS MC Sport Line replaces all the wood trim in the standard car with carbon fiber. This material can be seen across the dashboard, the front and rear center consoles, sections of the door panels, the gear knob, and around the switchgear. The area around the instrument pack and on the gearchange paddles will also be decked out in the stuff. Each of the door sills is fitted with carbon fiber trim panels embossed with the MC Sport Line logo and the MC logo is stamped into the aluminum brake pedal.
The engine remains unchanged, so we are still working with a 4.7 liter V8 mated to sequential manual auto transmission. The difference here is that the gearbox now has a Sport mode with faster shifting times. The power remains the same at 440 hp with a peak torque of 490 Nm with a top speed of 177mph.
Press release after the jump.
After debuting at this years’ Paris Motor Show, the Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale may be a mouthful to say, but the looks and performance of this mighty Italian machine make you forgive its stupid name…
This car is the most powerful, lightest, and fastest road-going Maserati to date, with 450BHP (336kW) from theFerrari-based 4.2 liter V8 that we’ve come to know and love over the years. Needless to say the soundtrack from this race-inspired Mazza will give you goosebumps in a very intimately satisfying way. When Italians use the word Stradale – you can be sure that the car in question comes with racing pedigree and the handling and performance to match. A dual clutch transmission finds it way into the mix along with carbon ceramic brakes by Brembo. As with all supercar offerings don’t expect a top speed of over 300km/h and a 0-100km/h sprint of around 4 seconds to come cheap – pricing has yet to be announced, but the release date - quarter one of 2011 - is still on.
The car is being driven by Grand Prix veteran, Johnny Herbert, and you can enjoy his comments on the car at the end. Look out for the GranTurismo Trofeo edition on track as well – the car upon which the Stradale is based.
Sit back, turn up the volume, and enjoy!
After making its world debut at the Paris Auto Show, the GranTurismo MC Stradale is now up for an online configuration for all fans out there.
The GranTurismo MC Stradale is powered by a 4.2 liter V8 engine that delivers 450 HP - an improvement over the standard 405 HP - while still offering the same fuel consumption as a standard Gran Turismo. It also comes with an improved aerodynamic down force and will brake the 186 mph barrier.
The new GranTurismo MC Stradale is the first Maserati in history to have a dedicated Race mode alongside the upgraded Auto and Sport modes in its simplified dash layout. It is also s the first two-seat Maserati since the MC12. The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale will be on sale in February 2011 in all major markets, with the exceptions of the USA, Canada and Korea.
So, get out there and start having fun! How will your dream car looking like?
Earlier this year, we had the privilege of showing you a truly one-of-a-kind Maserati Quattroporte. It didn’t come with a carload of unique features or state-of-the-art gadgetry, but it did make a person consider how he’d want to have his last ride on the planet be; on a car that’s replete with style and luxury.
Months after we introduced the Maserati Quattroporte funeral hearse, we finally see the car out on the road, albeit it stowed behind a trailer. Regardless of what you may think of the Quattroporte hearse, you have to give a ton of credit to Maserati for having one of its own turned into, well, this. You don’t see any Ferrari hearses out on the road, do you?
We don’t know where the Quattroporte funeral hearse was headed, but we’re assuming that it’s some place that isn’t bouncing with joy and laughter. That being said, there’s something to admire about a person being transported to their resting place in a Quattroporte; at the very least, that person sure knows how to ride out of this world in style.
Even if the Maserati Quattroporte has only six years of life it has already received fifty six awards from the most prestigious automotive and lifestyle publications. So, is no wonder why at the Geneva Motor Show we will see the special edition Quattroporte Sport GT S "Awards Edition".
This special edition is painted in an exclusive pearlescent metallic gray with golden nuanced color and features a burnished treatment used on the exterior chrome parts, as well as on the side air vents and radiator surround. It sits on 20"’ Multi Trident dark gray rims with satin finish.
The interior gets Poltrona Frau leather of the seats combined with perforated Alcantara with a new undulated pattern, and the headlining still in Alcantara. Completing the interior space are the special brushed aluminum door sills and Piano Black satin-finish wood moldings.
Press release after the jump.
The Italian automaker Alfa Romeo will produce 100 special MiTo hatchbacks destined for their FIAT family member and exotic sports car maker Maserati’s service network. The limited edition MiTos will be sprayed in Maserati Ocean Blue and will be further distinguished by a bespoke Limited Edition plate on the center stack as well as a set of aluminum kick plates that read "Alfa Romeo for Maserati" along with a few other sporting touches like matching pedals, a set of 18 inch alloys, rear spoiler and a unique rear bumper.
Aside from the go fast goodies, the MiTo for Maserati will also feature quite a few luxurious touches like Frau leather seats, leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel with integrated radio and telephone controls, Blue&Me hands free system with USB port, dual zone air conditioning, navigation and bright bi-xenon headlamps. Being the exotic performance car builders that they are, the sporty MiTo will be powered by the top of the line 170 HP version of FIAT’s 1.4 Liter MultiAir Turbo gas burning power plant.
Press release after the jump.
The exotic Italian automaker Maserati has just unveiled a new special edition GranTurismo S intended for the Middle East market just outside the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The limited edition GranTurismo is inspired by the sports car maker’s racing division, Maserati Corse, which is one reason for all the carbon fiber that went into the build. There will only be 12 examples of the white ice sports coupe, and they are all destined for the oil rich region where all three contiguous eastern continents join together.
There is some significance to the number 12, not only is the exact number of FIA GT world titles that Maerati has accumulated over the past few years as well as the number of locations that buyers will be able to pick up their GranTurismo S MC Sport Line when it goes on sale. In an attempt not to alienate their home market in Italy, Maserati will also release a limited number of MC Sport Line models finished in matte Bianco Fuji pearl along with all of the carbon fiber accents that make the Middle East version so special.
Press release after the jump.
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.