Adding another model to the Maserati GranTurismo range, the new Sport was unveiled in Geneva today, receiving a makeover and new technology.
The GranTurismo Sport will replace the GranTurismo S with either an automatic or robotizedmanual transmission.
The 4.7-liter V8 engine now delivers a maximum of 460hp and peak torque of 380 lb-ft, apparently without penalizing fuel consumption or emissions.
Coupled with the electro-actuated transmission featuring MC Shift technology for faster changes (down to 100ms), it enables the GranTurismo Sport to reach an impressive top speed of 186mph, accelerating from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds.
The automatic version with MC Auto Shift software reaches 185mph and acceleration of 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds.
The Sport is fitted with the Sport Skyhook system, which is an evolution of the continuous damping control system that is able to react to road imperfections to increasing passenger comfort. In Sport mode, the car has responds sharply to driver input, while in normal mode it constantly adapts the damping to absorb the roughness of the surface.
The restyling of the bodywork involves a redesigned front bumper to improve air flow and brake cooling while, at the same time, enhancing the appearance thanks to a new styling element that unites the new headlights and traditional oval grille.
The chromed trident with red accents takes pride of place at the center of the grille: a detail reserved to the most powerful Maserati cars, in keeping with tradition.
The front lights use DRL LED technology to improve functionality, visibility and safety.
Behind the 20” Astro Design wheels lies equally impressive Brembo dual-cast technology coupled with six-piston front brake calipers and four-piston rears. The slotted and drilled rotors are made of two different materials; cast iron and aluminium – reducing weight by 15-20% and delivering reduced corrosion, wear and superior performance.
The caliper, meanwhile, represents a new feature for Maserati and Brembo in terms of color, introducing a new oxidized matte blue.
The new model introduces a brand new color called “Blu Sofisticato”, which shows off the car's lines to best advantage.
The interior has been treated to a sporty makeover. Passengers can now relax in new front and rear seats, which provide a more ergonomic design; offering better support as well as optimized comfort on longer journeys. The new shell of the front seats also frees more space for rear seat passengers (+20mm).
Particular attention has been devoted to details in EcoChrome grey and the Poltrona Frau leather alongside sporty elements such as the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, inspired by the Trofeo race car, and the aluminum pedals.
The steering wheel is also new and is more ergonomic.
Since its launch at the Geneva Show in 2007, around 15000 GranTurismo models have been delivered to customers around the world. Last year, the car range accounted for 44% of the total Maserati sales, with more than 2700 cars delivered. The United States once again took the largest number with almost 900 GranTurismos sold, followed by China and Italy.