GranTurismo S: Maserati Joins the Tweakers

February 26, 2008
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Maserati’s stunning GranTurismo coupe is adding a new flavor just in time for the Geneva motor show, in the form of the GranTurismo S.

At last year’s Geneva show, we brought you the first look at the GranTurismo, the effortlessly sexy replacement for the previous Coupe. Styled by Pininfarina, the four-seater slotted into the Italian brandscape between the GranSport coupe and the flagship Quattroporte sedan.

The standard GranTurismo sported a 4.2-liter V-8 delivering 405 hp, mated to automatic gearbox and equipped with an adaptive control system that adjusts the gear-shifting mode to the driving style and the road conditions. In the GranTurismo S, more power is the first order of the day. Maserati says the bored-out 4.7-liter V-8 now makes 440 horsepower. The power’s shifted out through an electrically actuated gearbox.

Also in the S: a set of high-performance Brembo brakes newly developed for the Quattroporte Sport S, with six-piston calipers for big performance; some minor body tweaks on the exterior; and a new interior with Poltrona Frau leather and Alcantara, along with new seat designs.

Maserati's tradition of GTs dates back to 1947 when, at the same Swiss exhibition, bosses unveiled their first Gran Turismo, the A6. It was designed by Pinin Farina himself, and only 58 were ever built.

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