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Maserati Gets More Muscle

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Maserati GranTurismo S Photo: Sean Frego
By Perry Stern
Maserati unveils a more powerful version of its beautiful GT car with a balance of performance and drivability.
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Maserati GranTurismo S Photo: Sean Frego
Maserati GranTurismo S Photo: Sean Frego
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Maserati GranTurismo S Photo: Sean Frego
Maserati GranTurismo S Photo: Sean Frego
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Maserati GranTurismo S Photo: Sean Frego
Maserati GranTurismo S Photo: Sean Frego
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Maserati GranTurismo S Photo: Sean Frego
Maserati GranTurismo S Photo: Sean Frego

Just one year after the debut of the Maserati GranTurismo at this very same, the Italian car company has taken the GT to the next level in styling and performance as the GranTurismo S makes its world debut.

 

While the GranTurismo does not feel lacking in any way when it comes to performance, Maserati recognized that there are customers that are looking for a more sporting experience from their grand touring car.

 

For those customers, the GranTurismo S gets an upgrade under the hood to a 440-horsepower 4.7-liter V8 — a 40 horsepower increase over the standard GranTurismo. Torque is increased to 361 lb-ft, and top speed is now 183 mph — the highest ever for a regular production Maserati.

 

Helping to take full advantage of the additional horses is new transmission called MC-Shift. Adapted from Maserati’s Maranello-based cousin Ferrari, the quick-shifting manual transmission is shifted without a clutch, and the gear changes can happen as quickly as 100 milliseconds, which is approaching the speed of gear shifts in an F1 race car. These quick shifts will get the latest Maserati to 62 mph in just 4.9 seconds.

 

But as Maserati CEO Roberto Ronchi told us, it's not just about horsepower. The V8 could be made to produce more power, but the idea behind Maserati is to make it a car that can provide a proper balance between performance and a car that can be comfortably driven every day as well as the overall driving experience.

 

Adding to the GranTurismo S experience is a new exhaust system that expels the deep throaty sound of the powerful V8 engine. With the front-engine layout and gearbox mounted in the rear, weight distribution puts 53 percent of the weight over the rear axle, designed to provide the excellent driving dynamics expected of a Maserati.

 

Modified springs, sway bars and dampers reduce body roll and help to increase the level of handling and ride quality. A new brake system created with Brembo features brake discs made from cast iron and aluminum as well as 6-piston aluminum brake calipers.

 

Only an observer “in the know” will be able to distinguish the GranTurismo S from the original, but there are a number of styling changes to look for. New side skirts add a visual enhancement as well as improving air flow around the car — the same can be said for the integrated subtle rear spoiler. Large, oval exhaust outlets add to the look, as do the unique 7-spoke 20-inch wheels in a stylish Grigio Mercury color. Additional subtleties: the Trident on the grille and the Saetta logo on the C pillar are decorated with red prongs.

 

The GranTurismo S will join the Maserati lineup worldwide later this year.

 

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