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(from Maserati Press
Release) Maserati chooses the Geneva International Motor Show
to unveil its new GranTurismo Sport.
Bolstered by the success of a model that brought the entire concept
of the Grand Tourer up to date, the new GranTurismo Sport stands out
from the crowd thanks to thorough restyling and a host of new
technical features that further enhance its sporty nature in terms
of performance and design – inside and out.
The new GranTurismo Sport with its dual soul offers sporty handling
and high-performance on one side, without compromising on elegance
and passenger comfort on the other, characteristics no Maserati can
be without. The new GranTurismo Sport in the Maserati MY13 product
range replaces the GranTurismo S previously proposed in two
versions, with automatic and robotised manual transmission. In the
United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand it will be marketed
beginning with the MY 2013 range.
THE NEW GRANTURISMO SPORT 460 HP
The powerful 4.7-litre
V8 engine can now deliver a maximum power of 460 HP (338 kW) and a
peak torque of 520 Nm, without penalising fuel consumption and
emissions. These parameters, coupled with the electro actuated
gearbox featuring MC Shift technology for faster gear changes (down
to 100 ms), enable the GranTurismo Sport to reach an impressive top
speed of 300 km/h, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7
seconds. The version with automatic transmission and MC Auto Shift
management software (which is also used in the GranCabrio Sport and
Quattroporte Sport GT S) also benefits from significantly enhanced
performance, achieving a top speed of 298 km/h and acceleration of 0
to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.
With regards to the suspension, the new GranTurismo Sport is fitted
with the Sport Skyhook system, an evolution of the continuous
damping control system that makes the car even more reactive and fun
to drive, whilst at the same time increasing passenger comfort. In
SPORT mode the car is pin sharp in responding to the driver’s input,
while in normal mode it constantly adapts the damping to absorb the
roughness of the surface for a smoother ride. All this equates to a
superb handling capability that combines sports performance and
comfort in all driving conditions.
The GranTurismo Sport is available with two different types of
transmission: a ZF 6-speed automatic and a 6-speed electro actuated
gearbox, with dry twin-plate clutch (not available in North
America). The first enhances driving comfort without compromising on
performance, while the second offers a more involving driving
The restyling of the
bodywork has further enhanced its already sporty nature. The
front bumper has been redesigned to improve the air flow and the
cooling of the front brakes, whilst at the same time to enhance the
appearance of the nose of the car, thanks to a new styling element
that unites the space between the new headlights and the traditional
oval grille. The chromed trident with red accents takes pride of
place at the centre of the grille: a detail reserved to the most
powerful Maserati cars, in keeping with the tradition of the marque.
The front light cluster maintains its original profile, but it has
been completely redesigned and improved thanks to the addition of
DRL LED technology. The new LEDs give the headlights a further style
boost as well as improving functionality and visibility, benefitting
Behind the impressive 20” Astro Design alloy wheels lies the equally
impressive braking system of the new GranTurismo Sport, which
employs Brembo dual-cast technology coupled with 6-piston brake
calipers at the front and 4-piston brake calipers at the rear. The
disc, in a slotted and perforated version, is made of two different
materials, cast iron and aluminium, reducing weight by between 15%
and 20% and delivering enhanced comfort, reduced corrosion and wear
and superior component performance.
The caliper, meanwhile, represents a new feature for Maserati and
Brembo in terms of colour, introducing a brand new oxidised blue
which, thanks to its matt finish, enhances the car's ultra-sporty
nature, emphasising once again the meticulous attention Maserati
devotes to detail in order to ensure total customer satisfaction.
This extends to even the tiniest design detail, fully embracing the
“tailor made” principle.
The rear of the car has been made even sleeker than before thanks to
restyled, darker light clusters that accentuate its dramatic look.
The new model introduces a brand new colour called “Blu Sofisticato”
which shows off the car's lines to best advantage and frames the
countless innovative stylistic features that characterise this new
The interior of the
GranTurismo Sport has been treated to a sporty makeover. Passengers
can now relax in an interior where luxury, craftsmanship and
attention to detail take on new forms.
Of particular importance are the new front and rear seats, which not
only improve and update the look, but also provide a more ergonomic
design; the seats offer better support as well as optimised comfort
for driver and passengers on longer journeys. The distinctive new
design of the rear shell of the front seats, in leather, also frees
up more space for rear seat passengers (+20 mm).
Particular attention has been devoted to enhance the dynamic yet
refined spirit of the GranTurismo Sport. New details in EcoChrome
grey and the Poltrona Frau leather upholstery, feature alongside
sporty elements such as the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel,
inspired by the design of the Trofeo race car, and the aluminium
The steering wheel is also new and is now even more ergonomic and
better suited to sports driving, thanks to a flatter rim and a grip
with accentuated profile.
With these characteristics, the new GranTurismo Sport follows in the
footsteps of one of the most successful cars in the entire history
of Maserati. Since its launch at the Geneva Motor Show, back in
2007, around 15,000 Granturismo models have been delivered to
customers all over the world.
Last year the GranTurismo range accounted for 44% of the total
Maserati sales, with over 2700 cars delivered to clients all over
the world. The United States was once again the number one market,
not only in terms of overall product range sales, but also sales by
model, with almost 900 GranTurismos sold in 2011, followed by China
2011 for MASERATI
Maserati ended 2011
having delivered 6159 units (+8.5%), reporting revenues of 588
million euros. With 2437 cars sold and a 20% increase on 2010, in
2011 the United States was once again Maserati's largest market
while, for the first time in the company's history, China was
second, with 842 cars sold (almost double those of 2010). Sales in
Japan were also up significantly compared to 2010 (+22%).
In 2011, Maserati's trading profits stood at 40 million euros
(trading margin:6.8%). This marked increase compared to the 2010
operating profits of 24 million euros (trading margin:4.1 %) was
achieved thanks to a better mix and continuous optimisation of
In the last quarter of 2011, Maserati reported revenues of 143
million euros. The trading profits for the quarter came to 14
million euros (against 8 million euros for the same period in 2010).
NEW MASERATI STORE WEBSITE
The new Maserati store
website is now online at www.maseratistore.com, providing fans of
Maserati with an official e-commerce channel. The new website
design, understated and stylish in the iconic Maserati colours,
eloquently expresses the values of elegance, luxury and sportiness
automatically associated with the Maserati brand, using its layout
to enhance the image of the products displayed on the homepage, with
enlarged views showing products to best advantage.
Navigation too has been improved, allowing users to access the
various products available in the online store in a more varied,
intuitive way: a side menu presents the products grouped in
emotional categories, through the Contemporary, Heritage, MC and
Yachting lines, while in the new top menu products are arranged
according to product type.
New functions include the option of filtering results by colour or
size, and a larger search box that remains visible throughout
navigation, which makes finding exactly the right Maserati product
easier than ever. Among a raft of interesting new features, the
introduction of recommendations, drawing users' attention to other
Maserati items they might also like. In addition, there is the
chance to share the chosen product on Facebook and Twitter, by
simply clicking on the corresponding share button.