Maserati Gran Turismo S . Today we celebrate the introduction of a new Italian car brand to our stables: Maserati . A bit of history at first...
Maserati was founded in 1914 in the town of Bologna, making it the oldest Italian brand in our stables so far. 95 years are quite a long time and it isn't a big surprise to see some ups and downs. Being at the brink of bankruptcy for several times and various ownerships (Citroën, De Tomaso and Fiat Group) took turns with success at races like the Targa Florio and the 1957 Formula 1 world championship by the legendary Juan-Manuel Fangio.
The Italian car giant Fiat Auto acquired Maserati in 1993. Inside this group, Maserati was associated with it's former arch-rival Ferrari at first and merged with Alfa Romeo in 2005.
The cooperation with Ferrari and a range of successfully selling cars brought Maserati back in the blacks; the growing self-esteem reflects in their slogan...
Maserati: luxury, sports and style cast in exclusive cars
A new star is born
The long-awaited successor to the aging 3200GT / Coupé / V8 GranSport family debuted at the 2007 Geneva Auto Show. Pininfarina designed a 2+2 coupé with beautiful lines, an agressive front and a ...sexy? rear. The new Gran Turismo combines luxury and the usability of a daily-driver with brutal sports car performances: the 4,2 liter V-8 - developed in cooperation with Ferrari - pushes the 2,2 tons of Italian craftsmanship with an equivalent of 405 horses to a topspeed of 285 kph. The sprint from 0-60 mph takes 5,2 seconds.
"S" like sneakers?
Actually the "S" stands for "sportive"...that means Maserati made the sporty standard even sportier in this version. A six speed, electro-actuated flappy-paddle gearbox and the "MC-shift" software allow gearchanges in 100 milliseconds. The suspension setup was stiffened by 10% and the engine displacement was increased to 4,7 liters, resulting in 440 hp overall. The speedometer pointer stops at 295 kph and 0-60 mph now takes 4,9 seconds.
The Gran Turismo S made it's debut at Geneva Auto Show one year after the standard version.
Side view. Note the "chromed" trimline around the windows. Yes, I cut the hubcaps... interesting effect, right?
Front view with the unmistakable grille (Ooops, just noticed the crooked jumperplate)
Unfortunately I had to use stickers for the white part of the rear lights.
Details. Certainly the grille features the the "Tridente", the company's famous emblem.
Three tiny ducts to cool the brakes and engine. Well, I used stickers again...but see how the chrome lines add to the overall look.
Trunk, doors and hood are openable.
A spacious trunk and tricky SNOT work on the rear lights.
Driver's side. Roof was obviously removed to show you the details.
Note the speakers in door linings and behind the headrests.
Customized stickers for the center console including multimedia & GPS.
Unfortunately you cannot tilt the front seats to have access to the back seats, but...
...you have an openable glove box and four cupholders.
Enough said about this...
That's it. I hope you enjoyed the tour and comment and discuss about it.
MOC by Sven