Maserati bones, bespoke style, and one very steep price tag

The history of Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera stretches all the way back to 1926, with a lengthy hiatus between 1966 and 2008 breaking up an otherwise very impressive resume´ of custom cars and design work. The latest from this Italian powerhouse is called the Sciàdipersia, and as you might have guessed, it’s an utterly bespoke, limited-run sports machine dripping with high-end details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Touring Sciàdipersia.

  • 2018 Touring Sciàdipersia
  • Year:
    2018
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    460 @ 7000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    384 @ 4750
  • Displacement:
    4.7 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    187 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    5.8/10

Touring Sciàdipersia Exterior

- * Utterly bespoke exterior style
- * GT-inspired proportions
- * Lots of horizontal elements
- * Large 20-inch forged aluminum wheels
- * Orient Night Blue paint job
- * Aluminum trim with polished and brushed finishes
- * Roughly the same size as the Maserati GranTurismo

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One look is all that’s needed to confirm the company’s intention to create a classic grand touring shape.

Touring takes a lot of pride in its Italian-centric design work, and the Sciàdipersia is no different. One look is all that’s needed to confirm the company’s intention here, as the two-door gets a classic grand touring shape, complete with lovely curving lines, a long hood, and a cab-back emphasis for the profile proportions.

When viewed from the front, the Sciàdipersia’s fascia gets a clean, horizontal style that’s meant to mimic the sporty styling of the past. The look is clean and low, with plenty of horizontal design elements to add a little visual girth to the thing. A prominent divider line is added above the central intake, while below is a trio of ancillary intakes. The corners are occupied by small headlight housings and projects, which are underlined by further trim and garnish. The fenders pull the eye rearwards and towards the flank, while the hood gets two sets of vents set in a vee shape pointing towards the windshield.

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The car’s best angle has to be the profile, where those GT proportions truly shine.

The car’s best angle has to be the profile, where those GT proportions truly shine. Here we find the low stance on full display, while the overhangs are short in front and longer in the back. The proportions give the vehicle a natural forward-leaning rake, while the curving roofline adds extra sporting flavor. Occupying the corners you’ll find large multi-spoke wheels made from forged aluminum, measuring in at 20 inches in diamter.

Moving into the rear, we find additional angles for the trunk line, with the body panels offset by contrasting silver panels. More horizontal design elements make their presence known, which also include the two oval exhaust outlets integrated on either side of the rear bumper. Higher up, the rear glass is free from additional support pillars, once again emphasizing the horizontal dimension and opening up the windows for more ambient lighting inside the cabin.

From tip to tail, the Touring Sciàdipersia uses aluminum trim pieces. These bits are both polished to a mirror finish and use a hand-brushed satin finish, creating a bit more a play in the exterior color. The deep, dark paint you see layered across the body panels is dubbed Orient Night Blue.

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The deep, dark paint you see layered across the body panels is dubbed Orient Night Blue.

As you probably expect, Touring usually has some, uh, let’s say gilded language when describing its vehicles. Such is the case with the Sciàdipersia, which Touring likens to an arrow drawn back by a bow, about to sail through the air to strike its target. The brand also describes the Sciàdipersia as “a large, powerful, luxurious car, but cleverly designed to disguise its size, demonstrating that mastery of design and craftsmanship can lighten the appearance, adding an ethereal, diaphanous quality.”

Sure, why not.

In terms of actual dimensions though, we can compare the Sciàdipersia to the Maserati GranTurismo, which provides the Touring custom with its mechanical bits to support the new exterior stuff hewn by the Italian craftsmen. Lined up side-by-side, the Sciàdipersia is a little longer, but overall, it’s pretty much the same size as the Maserati.

Maserati GranTurismo exterior dimensions Touring Sciàdipersia exterior dimensions
Overall Length 4,881 mm (192.2 inches) 4,965 mm (195.5 inches)
Overall Width 1,915 mm (75 inches) 1,903 mm (74.9 inches)
Overall Height 1,353 mm (53.3 inches) 1,353 mm (53.3 inches)
Wheelbase 2,942 mm (115.8 inches) 2,938 mm (115.7 inches)

Touring Sciàdipersia Interior

- * Same general layout and design as the Maserati
- * Designed to dispatch many high-speed miles
- * High-end Foglizzo leather upholstery
- * Unique upholstery aroma developed specifically for Touring
- * Sciàdipersia name embroidered into headrests
- * Blue for the seats, lighter colors elsewhere
- * Contrast stitching and piping
- * Extra ambient lighting
- * Custom Folizzo luggage in the trunk

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Step inside the Sciàdipersia’s cabin, and the car’s Maserati roots become much more obvious

Step inside the cabin of the Touring Sciàdipersia, and the car’s Maserati roots become much more obvious. The overall design doesn’t really deviate from the more mass-produced alternative, with the same dash, center console, infotainment screen, and gauge cluster. Even the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel is identical to that of the Maserati, although the badge in the middle of the wheel is new.

Luckily, the Maserati GranTurismo does offer all the right stuff for a vehicle like this, including four comfortable and supportive seats, low NVH levels, and other similar details “designed to cover long distance with complete ease and in total comfort.”

That said, Touring does take care to give the Sciàdipersia’s cabin some extra premium touches where appropriate. For example, the leather upholstery is sourced from Foglizzo, which has been doing the custom luxury hide thing since 1921. The leather even offers its own unique aroma specially developed for the Touring model. The headrests get an extra flourish with the Sciàdipersia name hand-embroidered right into the leather.

The Touring model also offers more blue coloring for the seats, with contrast piping and stitching throughout. Lighter colors are used elsewhere to offset the dark blue seats.

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The interior is meant to recall the days of the Orient Express and the large ocean liners of the past.

The revised exterior provides extra ambient light inside while also giving passengers panoramic views of the passing scenery. This is yet another nod to the old school, meant to recall the days of the Orient Express and the large ocean liners of the past. Touring also says the interior’s horizontal divider line is meant to mimic a horizon, with the land below and the sky above.

Finally, the Touring Sciàdipersia comes with a custom matched set of Foglizzo luggage, which fits right into the trunk of the vehicle. Total cargo capacity is rated at 260 liters (9.18 cubic feet).

Touring Sciàdipersia Drivetrain

- * Mechanicals unchanged compared to the Maserati GranTurismo
- * Naturally aspirated 4.7-liter V-8 powerplant
- * Ferrari-derived soundtrack
- * Six-speed automatic transmission and RWD
- * 460 horses at 7,000 rpm
- * 384 pound-feet of torque at 4,750 rpm
- * 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds
- * Top speed rated at 301 km/h (187 mph)
- * Nearly 400 pounds lighter than the Maserati
- * Pirelli tires

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This time around, Touring went with the modern Maserati GranTurismo for the mechanical bits.

In case you were unaware, Touring built the Sciàdipersia as a nod to the custom machines it created in 1958 for the Shah of Iran (hence the name). Those cars were based on the Maserati 5000GT, and as such, the new Sciàdipersia is also based on a Maserati.

This time around, Touring went with the modern Maserati GranTurismo for the mechanical bits, and the drivetrain, powertrian, electrical systems, and electronics all remain unchanged.

That means the reshaped hood hides a naturally aspirated V-8 for motivation, which fits the GT theme well with its meaty torque curve and robust soundtrack. Standout features include a 90-degree angle for the cylinder banks, 4.7 liters of displacement, and Ferrari DNA.

Output is sent exclusively to the rear axle. Making the connection is a Maserati six-speed sequential transmission with an automatic shift function and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. Alternatively, buyers can get theirs with a more hands-off approach courtesy of a six-speed automatic and torque converter from ZF.

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The Touring is lighter than its Maserati predecessor, weighing in at just 1,700 kg (3,748 pounds).

In terms of power, the Touring matches the Maserati with 460 horses at 7,000 rpm and 384 pound-feet of torque at 4,750 rpm. Acceleration figures are also the same, with a run to 100 km/h (62 mph) completed in about 4.6 seconds. Top speed is rated at 301 km/h (187 mph).

And although it’s rather thirsty (combined fuel consumption is rated at 15 liters per 100 km), the car has a rather sizable fuel tank, with max capacity rated rated at 86 liters (22.7 gallons).

Impressively, the Touring is also lighter than its Maserati predecessor, weighing in at just 1,700 kg (3,748 pounds) thanks to its utilization of lightweight materials like carbon fiber. For the sake of comparison, that’s almost 400 pounds less than the GranTurimo, which tips the scales at 1,880 kg (4,140 pounds).

Finally, grip is made by high-performance tire compounds from Pirelli, sized at 245/35ZR20 in front and 285/35ZR20 in the rear.

Touring Sciàdipersia Prices

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As you might expect, this thing is pretty pricey, and it’s best to assume to that if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

Touring introduced the Sciàdipersia earlier this year at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. While only three examples of the preceding custom Maserati 5000GT were created back in the ‘50s, the Sciàdipersia will be offered in slightly higher numbers, with a total of ten examples slated for production.

Each will be hand-built at Touring’s Manifattura facility in Milan using hand-formed panels plus a good deal of custom carbon fiber components as well. Each example takes six months to complete.

As you might expect, that makes these things pretty pricey, and while the company declined to make official pricing public, it’s best to assume to that if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

However, if we were to guess, this thing is definitely deep into the six-figure range, especially when you consider that the donor Maserati GranTurismo will (by itself) run you a hefty $132,975. Throw in all the available options Touring has on the table for the Sciàdipersia, and, well, you better have quite the bank to back your taste.

Touring Sciàdipersia Competition

Bentley Continental GT

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While it might not offer the same exclusivity as the Sciàdipersia, the Bentley Continental GT certainly has what it takes to match it in terms of luxury. Inside this two-door monster is an incredible level of high-end opulence, with copious digital entertainment, sumptuous materials, and precision fit and finish practically oozing from every pore. Options and customization opportunities are plentiful, which means anyone looking for something a little more bespoke shouldn’t have any trouble kitting theirs out to taste. What’s more, this thing is fast, with a standard twin-turbo W-12 under the hood doling out an impressive 636 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Keep your foot in it, and the Bentley Continental GT will hit 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds, going on to a top speed of 207 mph. Not too shabby for a luxury land yacht, eh?

Read our full review of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT.

Conclusion

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This isn’t about blistering lap times or the finest wood veneer - it’s about exclusivity and prestige, and the Sciàdipersia has both in droves.

The Touring Sciàdipersia was originally commissioned by a fan of Touring Superleggera, and that’s exactly the sort of folks who will buy this thing. Sure, you can get something that’s faster, more modern, and more comfortable for less money, but if that’s your thought process, you’re missing the point entirely. This isn’t about blistering lap times or the finest wood veneer - it’s about exclusivity and prestige, and the Sciàdipersia has both in droves.

Of course, one could use it like a real car, if desired. Touring frames it as “an innovative interpretation of the gran turismo theme: a car designed for long journeys, where the passengers derive as much pleasure from the journey as the driver,” and overall, we think that’s pretty accurate.

Keep your eyes out, because who knows what Touring will do next.

  • Leave it
    • Interior could use more work
    • Not that fast by modern standards
    • Eye-watering price tag

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo.

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Press release

At the Geneva Motor Show Touring presents a new limited edition custom-built car, an innovative interpretation of the gran turismo theme: a car designed for long journeys, where the passengers derive as much pleasure from the journey as the driver.

Touring Superleggera again confirms itself as a paragon of Italian design, and a master of the fuoriserie, offering a large, powerful, luxurious car, but cleverly designed to disguise its size, demonstrating that mastery of design and craftsmanship can lighten the appearance, adding an ethereal, diaphanous quality.

As it often happens, it was an admirer of Touring Superleggera’s portfolio who commissioned the creation of this new model; a car designed to cover long distance with complete ease and in total comfort.

Sciàdipersia is a coach built four seater, to be built in maximum ten examples, each intended for the most discerning customers, who appreciate luxury and value their time. Time to indulge in savouring the journey.

Heritage
Touring Sciàdipersia celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of the bespoke coachwork designed by Touring in 1958 on the Maserati 5000GT rolling chassis for the ruler of Iran, a demanding and astute collector of fine motorcars, and nicknamed after him. For such a man a grand design of regal elegance was commissioned, and then as now, the client consented to a very limited production run, resulting in three cars.

Design
Touring Superleggera’s style is renowned for its perfect proportions, and in the Sciàdipersia the line is that of a quintessential gran turismo, with flowing, elongated shapes that slip effortlessly through the air. In complete contrast to the current trend, Touring has adopted graceful proportions, that hint at a subtle haughty elegance, regal in every sense, exuding dynamism without aggression. Distinctive, refined, svelte, subtle and classy all define Sciàdipersia. The surface treatments portray an arrow about to be loosed from a bow, with a sharp front and a suggestion of the fletches at the rear. “The absence of visible support structures allows light to flood the cabin, allowing a total involvement with the surrounding environment, making the journey not only comfortable, but exciting, satisfying, absolute,” says Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of Design.

Dynamism is expressed by the horizontal feature line which divides the car, without disturbing the harmony of the silhouette. Smooth surfaces, joined by sharp edges on the side and tail enhance the purity of the design.

Different treatments are applied to the aluminium trim, with highly polished detailing juxtaposed with hand-brushed satin finishes, to reflect the light in different ways, emphasising the coachbuilt nature of the car.

The extensive greenhouse and glass roof, interrupted only by a brushed-aluminium C-pillar, immerses the occupants in the natural surroundings of the outside environment, with panoramic views out, and with the passing scenery a silent travel companion, the cosseting interior brings to mind images of luxury travel in the days of the Orient Express and the great ocean liners. Contributing to this effect is the Orient Night Blue, a sumptuously rich hue that reproduces a clear night sky, reflecting points of light like distant stars.

The interior carries themes over from the exterior, such as the continuous horizontal division wrapping around the occupants, suggesting a horizon, above which is blue sky and below is the land.

Touring used the finest hides from Foglizzo, supplier of bespoke luxury leather for unique cars since 1921 for the interior. The care for details went as far as to develop a special aroma, which Foglizzo reserves for Touring customers. The exterior’s deep blue is matched by the seats, which are then highlighted with contrasting piping and stitching, while the centre of the headrest displays the Sciàdipersia name, carefully embroidered by hand. Delicate, lighter shades of natural colours are used to offset the darker colours of the seats.

As befits such a regal car, a set of fully-customised Foglizzo luggage sits comfortably in the boot.

As in the past, Touring Superleggera leads the way by bucking the current trend for aggressive frontal treatments, reverting instead to a sporting style more reminiscent of decades gone by: the low-slung front, clean side surfaces with edgy junctions, and a substantial tail. All the themes, however, are rendered in the strict Touring language design, where right proportions come first, followed by essential lines and surfaces, subtle ornaments and a sense of fulfilled harmony.

Chassis and Engine
Like the original car, Sciàdipersia is based on a Maserati rolling chassis. Choosing the Maserati GranTurismo as a basis gave Touring Superleggera the ideal starting point, its specifications being perfectly suited to the project, with excellent torsional rigidity, comfort and high performance. The glorious naturally aspirated V8 engine has a noble character and can provide effortless power and torque, giving the driver an immensely satisfying experience. The mechanical components, electrical systems and all electronics are retained unaltered from the manufacturer.

Manufacturing
Sciàdipersia is built entirely by hand in the Touring Manifattura in Milan blending traditional hand-beaten panels with lightweight carbon fibre elements. Precision and quality of the body must match the most compelling standard, and cutting-edge digital measurement tools are used to this purpose at each stage, from the panel fabrication through to the body-in-white and the finished car. The manufacturing process is completely documented and digitally logged to ensure repeatability.

Quality control processes include static and dynamic tests before the vehicle is approved for road use. High standards of panel alignment, panel gaps and clearances, painting, polishing, leather craft and stitching are all rigidly adhered to. Functional tests are conducted in a climatic chamber. Dynamic tests for air and water tightness, road noise, wet and dry handling, driveability, braking, NVH and all performance aspects are carried out on track. Tests are also carried out for maximum speed and rough surface behaviour.

Type Approval
Sciàdipersia has received Type Approval under European Directive 2007/46EC for cars in small series production. The engine complies with the EURO 6 regulations.

Delivery Times and Costs
The price for Touring Sciàdipersia is available on request. Touring Superleggera is able to deliver the complete car within six months of receiving the donor car. Each part produced or modified by Touring Superleggera is covered by a two year, unlimited mileage warranty, subject to normal terms of use. The procurement of parts produced or modified by Touring Superleggera is guaranteed for life.


TOURING Sciàdipersia
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions

Length: 4965 mm
Width: 1903 mm
Height: 1353 mm
Wheelbase: 2938 mm
Boot volume: 260 litres
Fuel tank capacity: 86 litres
Weight: 1700 Kg
Engine Cylinders / Type: V8, 90 degree
Displacement: 4691 cc

Transmission

Rear wheel drive.
MC Maserati transmission 6 speed electro-actuated sequential synchronised shifts
with steering wheel-mounted controls and automatic function
OR
6 speed automatic ZF gearbox with torque converter.

Wheels

Tyres: front 245/35 ZR20,
rear 285/35 ZR20
Rims: forged aluminium

Performance

Acceleration 0 to 100 Km/h: 2.7 sec
Maximum speed (estimated): 301 Km/h
Acceleration (estimated) 0 to 100 Km/h: 4.6 seconds
Power: 338 kW (460 HP) @ 7,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 520 Nm @ 4750 rpm
Emission Rule: EURO 6
Fuel consumption: Urban: 23 l/100 Km,
Extra urban: 10 l/100 Km,
Combined: 15 l/100 Km
Co2 emissions (combined): 337 g/Km

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