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2008 Maserati GranTurismo

2008 Maserati GranTurismo

2008 Maserati GranTurismo

February 20th, 2007 – To be released at the Geneva Auto Show, the GranTurismo is set to replace Maserati’s aging Coupe/Spyder and will take their theme to new visual extreme.

Most of the car’s underpinnings come straight from the Quattroporte and use the same suspension. Power comes from the same 405 HP hp 4.2-liter V8 found in the Quattroporte and offers a remarkable weight distribution of 49/51.

The GranTurismo is only fitted with automatic ZF gearbox that works in conjunction with the adaptive control system to adjust the gear-shifting mode.

Autoblog said ”looking less like a Buick than the Quattroporte sketches of the new Maserati Coupe show an aggressive two-door with significant ‘coke bottle’ cues.” This new look is the work of well-regarded Jason Castriota at Pininfarina, the same firm that styled the Quattroporte five years ago. Jason’s egg-crate grill brings back memories of Maseratis past, particularly the A6GCS Pininfarina, probably the prettiest Maserati ever made.

Fit and refinement should be top quality and we can only hope this Coupe is built in all aluminum like it’s Ferrari 599 big brother.

A Spyder version is expected to debut sometime in 2008.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
released at 2007 Geneva Motor Show
built at Italy
body stylist Jason Castriota
coachbuilder Pininfarina
price $ $ 117,500
engine 90° V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Aluminium Alloy
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Electronic Injection
displacement 4244 cc / 259.0 in³
bore 92 mm / 3.62 in
stroke 79.8 mm / 3.14 in
compression 11.0:1
power 298 kw / 399.6 bhp @ 7100 rpm
specific output 94.16 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 212.55 bhp per tonne
torque 460 nm / 339.3 ft lbs @ 4750 rpm
redline 7250
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels RWD
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Sachs CDC Dampers
r suspension Multi-Link w/Sachs CDC Dampers
curb weight 1880 kg / 4145 lbs
weight distro 49 % / 51 %
wheelbase 2942 mm / 115.8 in
length 4881 mm / 192.2 in
transmission ZF 6-speed Automatic
top speed ~285 kph / 178 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.2 seconds
drag 0.33 Cd
urban fuel econ eu 21.58 L/100 km or 10.90 mpg-us
extra urban fuel econ eu 10.2 L/100 km or 23.06 mpg-us
combined fuel econ eu 14.31 L/100 km or 16.44 mpg-us
emission 330 g/km