2008 Maserati A8GCS Berlinetta Touring


2008 Maserati A8GCS Berlinetta Touring

2008 Maserati A8GCS Berlinetta Touring

There couldn’t be a better scenario than the 2008 Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance for the debut of a new Maserati. The stylish A8GCS Berlinetta Touring prototype, a berlinetta Gt marking the return of the famous Milan coachbuilders, among the leaders of the Italian automotive school.

Based on the Maserati Coupé GranSport mechanics, the A8GCS Berlinetta Touring represents the high performance sports car concept, with small dimensions, state-of-the-art constructive technology and perfect stylish synthesis between factory tradition and advanced aesthetic criteria.

The new A8GCS Berlinetta Touring has been designed by the young Belgian designer Louis de Fabribeckers, in charge of the Touring styling department. The A8GCS Berlinetta Touring lines are not affected by time or fashion: the car is characterized by a soft aggressiveness originated by the perfect balance between the front end, directly derived from competitions, and the harmonious and fluent flanks reminding of the extraordinary Alfa Romeo, Isotta Fraschini and Lancia Flying Star of the Thirties, an exceptional series created by Touring and still considered the best interpretation of Marinetti and Boccioni’s Futurism.

2008 Maserati A8GCS Berlinetta Touring

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The Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera style is first expressed through perfectly balanced volumes (reduced front overhang, front central engine and large rear overhang). The result is a dynamic form that doesn’t need a lowered waistline. Moreover, the horizontal development of lines create a natural elegance.

The sporty look of the car is underlined by the combination between bonnet and front grille. An element dashing forward the other volumes. Hence the lateral lines of the body: the lower line ends on the rear wheel arch and the upper line dissolves in the rear end of the car. Together they create a dynamic sail shape, as on Flying Stars.

Of course, also the most successful car design is not enough to make an alive and complete object. It must be combined with excellent dynamic qualities, derived from state-of-the-art technical solutions. For the prototype A8GCS Berlinetta Touring, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera studied and designed a body in advanced composite materials, able to give the car lightness, structural strength and performance typical of top granturismo and obviously respecting all international safety and environmental rules. The result is clear: the style prototype A8GCS Berlinetta Touring is able to enter small series production, gaining immediately a top place among the best sports cars.

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2008 Maserati A8GCS Berlinetta Touring In Detail

tagsMaserati A8GCS
released at2008 Villa d’Este
body stylistLouis de Fabribeckers
coachbuilderTouring
engine90° V8
displacement4244 cc / 258.98 in³
bore92 mm / 3.6 in
stroke79.8 mm / 3.1 in
power298.3 kw / 400 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output94.25 bhp per litre
bhp/weight347.83 bhp per tonne
torque452 nm / 333.4 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
body / frameAluminum Body over Steel Chassis
wheel typeBorrani Xray RX 1000
front tires245/40 ZR19
rear tires285/35 ZR19
front brakesBrembro Discs w/4-Piston Calipers
f brake size32 x 330 mm / 1.3 x 13 in
rear brakesBrembro Discs w/4-Piston Calipers
r brake size28 x 310 mm / 1.1 x 12.2 in
curb weight1150 kg / 2536 lbs
wheelbase2500 mm / 98.4 in
front track1525 mm / 60 in
rear track1538 mm / 60.6 in
length4200 mm / 165.4 in
width1800 mm / 70.9 in
height1210 mm / 47.6 in
fuel capacity88 litres or 3 gal.

 

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