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(from Maserati Press
Release) Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic unveiled at the
Geneva Auto Show
Together with the new Quattroporte Sport GT S making its European
première, this is Maserati's second new model of the year marking
the 70th anniversary of its first Indianapolis 500 win
Modena, March 3rd, 2009 - True to Maserati's commitment to introduce
a new model at each international car show, the GranTurismo S
Automatic premières at the Geneva Auto Show. The new Maserati
GranTurismo S Automatic features a 4.7 V8 engine which develops 440
HP (323kW) at 7000 rpm. The maximum torque is 490Nm at 4.750 rpm.
The principal content is the combination of the automatic
transmission with the most powerful wet sump Maserati V8 on the
GranTurismo - until now offered as 4.2 l with automatic transmission
and 4.7 l with an electro-actuated gearbox. Thanks to the
combination of the 440 HP (323kW) produced by the powerful 4.7 l 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 Skyhook suspension system featuring continuously adjustable
dampers provides great driving comfort. Passive safety is further
enhanced thanks to the introduction on the GranTurismo range of a
new generation of passenger air-bag with Low Risk Deployment
Consistently with the unmistakable design of all Maseratis, the
Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic features some discreet yet marked
stylistic changes which make it immediately recognizable: the new
under-door mini-skirts featuring a prominent shape, which enhances
the dynamism of its profile and the new 20" wheel rims (standard)
with the brand new "Trident" design featuring spokes that distinctly
reflect the Trident shape to create a mix of strength and elegance.
A further enriched equipment increases the on board pleasure for the
driver and the passengers, thanks to the Bluetooth® Technology,
offered as standard, and the Ipod® interface, available upon
request, which complete the Maserati Multi Media System.
The New Quattroporte Sport GT S
Debuts in Europe
The new Maserati
Quattroporte Sport GT S making its European première at the Geneva
Auto Show sets yet another milestone in terms of sportiness in the
high performance luxury sport sedan segment. Conceived and developed
as a real driving machine in the guise of a luxury sedan, the
Quattroporte Sport GT S is the ultimate expression of Maserati's
sportiness in the Quattroporte range.
The technical changes to the new Quattroporte Sport GT S compared to
the Quattroporte S concern four areas:
- the mapping of the
V8 4.7 l engine, with power increased to 440 HP (323kW);
- the gearshift management software, with new features designed
to increase driving enjoyment;
- the front and rear suspension system featuring single-rate
dampers, stiffer springs and lower ride height;
- the sport exhaust controlled by pneumatic valves for a deep,
throaty and captivating sound.
The sportier and more
aggressive look is evident in virtue if the interior's and
exterior's stylistic choices:
- the new black
grille with concave vertical fins featuring the Trident logo
with red accents, typical of the sportier versions of Maserati
- the new headlights, in metallic titanium finish;
- the new sporty M-design seats with Alcantara® and leather
- the standard trim in Titantex, a "titanium colored" composite
Maserati Racing Legacy
The racetrack is where
the name Maserati first became enduring and where we today continue
to draw our philosophy: a well balanced car capable of great
feedback to the driver.
Seventy years ago, with the 8-cylinder car known as the "Boyle
Special", Maserati clinched the first of its two triumphs in the
Indianapolis 500, the famous race notoriously lacking in
satisfaction for the European Constructors. With the two consecutive
successes of 1939 and 1940, Maserati was the first car manufacturer
to win twice in a row at Indianapolis, one of the very few European
manufacturers to succeed (twice!) in the effort and the only Italian
brand ever to have triumphed on the Indiana oval track.
The racetrack also continues to be the stage where Maserati collects
international trophies - with both Drivers and Teams FIA GT titles
clinched in 2008 by Maserati's MC12 to make 10 the total of FIA
international titles the Maserati V12 GT car has collected over the
last four racing seasons.
In the course of the 2008 racing season Maserati clinched the third
win in four years at the legendary 24-Hours of Spa race, placing
three MC12s in the first four positions of the final standing. The
triumph in Belgium is the ultimate evidence of Maserati's
reliability that originates on the racetrack but translates into the
quality and consistency of Maserati's entire product range.
The ten international trophies collected in the FIA GT championship
since 2005 at the wheel of a Maserati MC12 are:
- 2 Manufacturers
Cup (in 2005 and 2007);
- 3 Drivers titles (Bertolini-Bartels in 2006, Thomas Biagi in
2007, Bertolini-Bartels in 2008);
- 4 Teams titles (since 2005 with no interruption, always with
the Vitaphone Racing Team);
- 1 Citation Cup in 2007 with the gentleman driver Ben Aucott.
MC Sport Line Customization
Focusing on its racing
vocation and fresh from its latest international triumph in the FIA
GT championship, Maserati has developed a special series of new
customization options named "MC Sport Line", which made its
worldwide debut at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy in early
The new contents of the MC Sport Line add to Maserati's already
extensive range of personalized features on offer. The MC Sport Line
is designed to enhance the sporty DNA of Maserati vehicles for those
customers who like to display their passion for racing through a
dynamic look and a choice of technical solutions that increase the
driving fun without compromises.
The name "MC Sport Line" sums up the experience acquired on the
track by the Maserati Corse department, whose contribution to the
design of the functional components has been invaluable. The world
of motor racing also inspired Maserati's designers when it came to
styling, hence the extensive use of carbon fiber, very popular among
racing enthusiasts thanks to its direct connection with racing
Maserati and the Environment
Maserati has implemented
a development plan for the next 5 years designed to reduce
consumption and CO2 emissions, and to protect the environment.
The designs of recent models have already led to considerable fuel
savings. From 2005 onwards, consumption for the Quattroporte has
been reduced by more than 20% overall (NEDC combined cycle). The CO2
reduction, compared to the previous Gran Sport model, is 10% for the
GranTurismo (NEDC extra-urban cycle).
On the new Quattroporte S with its 4.7 engine, exhaust/evap
emissions and fuel consumption have been aligned with future Euro 5
regulations for Europe and LEV2 standards for the USA, partly thanks
to the adoption of an innovative metallic matrix catalyzer with
perforated sheets (Turbulent PE Catalyst), which is both permeable
and reliable but does not affect performance. The use of this
solution has evened out the distribution of pollutant particles,
reduced pressure, improved resistance to high temperatures and the
transfer of gases.
Maserati also uses environmentally-friendly, easily recyclable
materials made from natural substances, especially for the parts of
the interior, which are most in contact with the driver and
passengers (natural textile fibers, wood and leather).
Maserati cars are mindful of the "design for recycling" concept,
which is centered around making cars easy to dismantle at the end of
their lives, so that materials can be identified and separated for
2008 Facts and Figures
By all degrees,
Maserati's 2008 was the most successful year to date. Despite the
poor general economic situation and deep crisis that has struck the
automotive industry since the beginning of the year (-25% in the
Quattroporte reference segment and -20% in the Granturismo), 2008
was for Maserati the second consecutive record year. Deliveries to
the final customers have totaled almost 8,586 units, which is the
all-time best result, with an increase of almost 17% over 2007. What
is more, Maserati's sales were up in all markets across the world -
including the United States of America.
Despite the troubled times experienced by the US economy, North
America (US and Canada) remains Maserati's largest market worldwide.
The order in which the other markets follow is both familiar and
consolidated, as to state that Maserati's presence in these markets
is an established one: Italy is in second place, the United Kingdom
in third, Germany in fourth, Japan in fifth. Five markets, three
continents for a truly global Maserati presence. In sixth place
there is France, followed by Switzerland, China, Australia, UAE,
In 2008, Maserati's revenues totaled 825 million, up 18.9% compared
The result of ordinary activities for 2008 was 72 million (8.7% of
revenues), with a sharp improvement (+ ¿48 million) compared to the
previous year's result of 24 million (3.5% of revenues), thanks to
the increase in volumes and cost efficiencies achieved.
In the fourth quarter of 2008, Maserati's revenues amounted to 229
million, up 9.6% compared to the same period of the previous year.
The result from ordinary activities was 41 million, an increase
compared to the ¿18 million in the same period of 2007, thanks to a
mix of favorable sales and strong cost containment measures.