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By Ben Barry
15 May 2008 10:22
With 433bhp, the Maserati Granturismo S is the most powerful production Maserati ever built, limited-edition MC12 not included. Shown at the Geneva show a year on from the original Granturismo unveil and launched at Maser’s Modena HQ yesterday, it promises to set right the base car’s biggest flaw: that it doesn’t have enough power. The S is expected to account for 20 percent of Granturismo sales.
The Granturismo’s 4.2-litre engine makes way for the 4.7-litre engine found in the Alfa 8C, although engineers tell us the lump’s been tweaked for more low-down torque in this application. All in, the extra 500cc equates to 433bhp (up 28bhp) and 362lb ft (up 23lb ft). The top speed rises to 183mph, while the 0-62mph tumbles to 4.9sec (versus 177mph and 5.2sec).
But it’s much more than just an engine transplant. The Granturismo S also gets a new exhaust system; upgraded Brembo brakes; the choice of stiffer fixed-rate dampers or the existing optional two-mode Skyhook adjustable suspension that’s been revised to suit the S. The seats are also offered with various leather and Alcantara trim options.
Outside it’s subtly different with new sideskirts, unique 20-inch wheels unavailable on the standard car, a small boot lip spoiler and black-backed headlight clusters in place of the original silver.
Key to the package is the electro-actuated six-speed transmission.
Click 'Next' below to read more of our Maserati Granturismo S first drive
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RE: Maserati Granturismo S driven
Sorry, chaps: reading a couple of pages further, it seems we're in Modena. Looks awfully like Florence to me, though. In any case, very beautiful! Has anyone paused to consider the contributions Italian architectural tradition have made to Italian car design? Not just today's glamorous top end, but my dear old Lancia Fulvia 1.3 coupe Series 1--and the subtle four-door for that matter. They make the reborn Fiat 500 look guppyish. (Here in Japan, there actually is a minicar called the Guppy--looks like one too!)
20 May 2008 11:47
Lovely car, but does no-one care about the glorious Italian architectural background?? Please post details of location.
20 May 2008 11:33
I agree with Ben - the standard Granturismo is certainly more faithful to the concept of a GT - grace, space and pace. I own the standard GT and that's because I do not need the out-and-out performance of a supercar nor all the sound and fury of a Ferrari or Lambo - frankly, I find all that noise and farting very middle class, trying too hard to flaunt their new-found wealth. Lack of power? Having owned and driven one for a month now, I find that unfounded - you can always use the paddle shift or keep your setting permanently on "sport".
18 May 2008 06:29
Actaually I have seen one on the road and it looks pretty special. Whats the need for any other ar around its money.
16 May 2008 19:27
Bravo! Great to see someone inject real passion into design.
16 May 2008 15:44
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