The GranTurismo is a two-door, four-seat coupé produced by the Italian car manufacturer Maserati. It shares the platform of the Maserati Quattroporte V and parts of the Ferrari 599 GTB and the Scaglietti.
The vehicle was unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show as a replacement for the Maserati Coupé. The standard version has a 4.2 liter (259 cu in) V8 engine designed in conjunction with Ferrari with 405 PS (298 kW; 399 hp) and an automatic ZF six-speed transmission. The 2+2 body was derived from the Maserati Quattroporte V. The car is considered a Grand Tourer that emphasizes comfort in harmony with speed and handling.
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The S version was unveiled in 2008 at the Geneva Motor show and features a 4.7 liter (286.3 cu in) V8 engine rated at 440 PS (324 kW; 434 hp) and 490 N·m (360 lb·ft) of torque. It has a six-speed sequential semi-automatic transaxle.
The MC version was a limited production car based on the GranTurismo MC Concept. It included 6-point seat-belts, a 120 L (32 US gal; 26 imp gal) fuel tank, 380 mm (15.0 in) front and 326 mm (12.8 in) rear brake discs, and 11 x 18-in wheels.
The Automatic version had a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission, standard Skyhook adaptive suspension, alternate under-door mini-skirts, non-black front headlights, and 20 inch rims with a Maserati "Trident" design.
The MC Sport Line includes front and rear carbon-fibre spoilers, carbon fibre mirror housings and door handles, 20 inch wheel rims, and carbon fibre on the steering wheel rim, paddle shifters, instrument panel, dashboard, and door panels. It also came equipped with stiffer springs, shocks, and anti-roll bars, with custom Maserati Stability Program software and a 10 mm (0.4 in) lower height than the GranTurismo S.
The two-seat MC Stradale is more powerful (450 PS or 331 kW or 444 hp) and 110 kg lighter than the GranTurismo, and more aerodynamic. It has an air intake scoop and two exhaust vents on the carbon fiber hood, a front fascia with additional intake grills on each side of the main opening, and a rear spoiler for better aerodynamics and down force. Carbon fiber seats helped to reduce the weight.
The MC Race Shift 6-speed automated manual gearbox (which shares its electronics and some of its hardware from the Ferrari 599 GTO) has "auto", "sport ", and "race " modes. The MC Stradale is the first GranTurismo to break the 300 km/h barrier, with a claimed top speed of 303 km/h (188 mph). US market MC's do not have the "Stradale" part of the name, as they are sold with a fully automatic six-speed transmission rather than the one available in the rest of the world.
The MC Stradale's suspension is eight per cent stiffer and rides slightly lower than the GranTurismo. Pirelli has custom-designed extra-wide 20-inch PZero Corsa tires to fit the new alloy wheels.
The Brembo braking system with carbon ceramic discs weighs around 60% less than the traditional system with steel discs. The front is equipped with 380 mm ventilated discs, and the rears are 360 mm.
The GranCabrio (GranTurismo Convertible in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) is a convertible version of the GranTurismo S Automatic. It is Maserati's first ever four-seater convertible.
The GranCabrio is powered by the same 4.7-liter V8 engine (440 PS or 324 kW or 434 bhp, and 490 N·m or 361 lb·ft of torque) that is fitted to the GranTurismo S Automatic.
The GranCabrio Sport has an upgraded version of the 4.7-liter V8 that produces 450 PS (331 kW; 444 bhp) and 510 N·m (380 lb·ft) of torque. The headlights have black surrounds, and the bars in the grille are also finished in black. There are also larger side skirts as well as tiny winglets on the lower front corners.
The GranCabrio MC is 48 mm (1.9 in) longer than GranCabrio, with a front end inspired by the MC Stradale. It has improved aerodynamics and is powered by a 460 hp (343 kW) 4.7 L V8 which produces 520 N·m (384 lb·ft) of torque. It comes with the MC Auto Shift 6-speed ZF automatic. Top speed is 289 km/h (180 mph), with 0– –100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.
Replacing both the GranTurismo S and S Automatic, the GranTurismo Sport was unveiled in March 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show. The revised 4.7L engine is rated 460 PS (338 kW; 454 hp). The Sport features a unique, MC Stradale inspired front fascia, new headlights and new steering wheel and seats. The ZF six-speed automatic gearbox is now standard, while the six-speed sequential transaxle is available as an option. The latter has steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a feature that is optional with the automatic gearbox.
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