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First Look: 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport

More power, updated looks.

by on Feb.20, 2012

Maserati will unveil the GranTurismo Sport in Geneva.

It’s been a good couple of years for Maserati, the Modenese maker finally getting some traction as it prepares for a wave of new products that could finally position it as a serious global luxury contender.

Among the new models on the horizon are a replacement for the flagship Quattroportes, as well as downsized version of the four-door nicknamed the “Baby” Quattroporte.  There’ll also be the Italian maker’s first crossover-utility vehicle – built in the U.S. and based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, albeit powered by a Ferrari drivetrain.

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But the roll-out gets a kick-off at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of an updated Maserati GranTurismo.  Dubbed the GranTurismo Sport, it will replace the Maserati GranTurismo S.

There are a number of attractive visual updates, starting with a new fascia and revised grille, which is now surrounded by larger air intakes. The headlamps go LED – as do the darkened taillamps.  The revised interior, meanwhile, features an updated sport steering wheel and seats.

The Sport package features a new front fascia, bigger intakes, revised lamps and lots more power.

But the big news is easier to feel than see, the GranTurismo Sport getting a beefed-up version of the old S-edition’s 4.7-liter V-8.  That translates into 460 horsepower, 26 more than before.

Maserati isn’t talking price or on-sale date, though we’d expect to see the new GranTurismo Sport reach U.S. showrooms soon after the Geneva Motor Show.

The GranTurismo, incidentally, is now in its fifth year. Though the design still looks surprisingly fresh, an all-new coupe is reportedly also in the works and likely will show up by around 2014.

Sneak Peak: Maserati GranTurismo MC

Privateer race car is for the wealthy dreaming of Fangio.

by on Apr.07, 2009

TK

Have dreams of racing glory? The new Maserati GranTurismo MC might be for you.

If you take a Maserati GranTurismo S, the road version with its electronically activated gearbox, and add the requisite roll cage and track suitable brakes, you have the makings of a race car. If you then allow the sanctioning body of GT racing in Europe, SRO, to test the car and tune its horsepower and “balance its performance” running on spec Pirelli tires so that it competes about equally with the other makes in the field, you have a race car. The car can then be run by amateur drivers in GT4, the least powerful, but still competitive class, of sports car racing. 

A limited number MC GT4s will produced for what the company calls “gentlemen drivers” who wish to race in the 2010 European Cup and/or national series. The tentative price,  to be finalized this October when the car goes on sale, is $179,000 (value added tax not included), plus trailer, tools and expenses. The cars will be sold directly through Maserati Corse, which started racing again five years ago in the FIA GT Championship with the more powerful the MC12. 

The car was officially unveiled earlier this week during the FIA GT “Media Days” at the Paul Ricard circuit. At least one GranTurismo MC will be entered by an unnamed private team and run in some GT4 European Cup events during the second half of this season. Other approved models include the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Audi TT, BMW M3 and Z4 coupe, Chevrolet Corvette C6, Ford Mustang FR500C and the Nissan 350Z. (more…)