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Maserati GranTurismo Sport (2012) first official pictures

Published: 20 February 2012 Updated: 26 January 2015

This is the new Maserati GranTurismo Sport, a more powerful and more aggressively styled version of the Trident’s big GT that will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March 2012.

How is the Maserati GranTurismo Sport different from all Maserati’s other GranTurismo models?

The GranTurismo Sport effectively replaces the GranTurismo S, and sits one rung below the hardcore GranTurismo MC Stradale. The GranTurismo Sport doesn’t have the stripped-interior (and thus 110kg weight saving) of the MC Stradale, but its does inherit the flagship’s styling. Most notably pinched is the smiling front bumper that feeds air to both the engine and brakes.

There are also new headlamps with LED daytime running lights (a first for Maserati), while the rear taillights are now tinted darker. The front and rear seats, Maserati says, have been completely redesigned, and there’s a new steering wheel with ‘a more sporty and muscular look’.

As for the extra power, the 4.7-litre V8 has now been tweaked to deliver 454bhp, 10bhp more than the MC Stradale and Grancabrio Sport, and 20bhp more than the old GranTurismo S.

The GranTurismo Sport will be officially revealed to the world at the 2012 Geneva motor show in March, before production starts in September 2012, at which point the GranTurismo S will be phased out. 

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By Ben Pulman

Ex-CAR editor-at-large