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To celebrate 150 years of Italian unification, Maserati presented a limited edition GranTurismo S at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show. The hot, luxurious coupe will be limited to just 12 cars for the Italian market and sports a pretty nice Sebring Blue matte shade.
On the exterior, the matte blue is further contrasted by carbon fiber elements found on the front spoiler, side mirrors, door handles and rear spoiler. Peeking behind each 20-inch wheel is a hand-polished, aluminum brake caliper. Accents on the vehicle include matte black headlights and side skirts – though we’re not sure why they didn’t just manufacture the side skirts in carbon fiber.
The interior gets plenty of treatment as well with a carbon fiber frame surrounding the instruments, controls on the dashboard and the center console. A commemorative Italian Unification plate designating Italy’s 150th Anniversary is located at the base of the center console. And just to make sure it’s authentic, each limited edition will feature a numbered plaque inside the vehicle.
It’s safe to assume that the powerplant was left untouched, so the limited edition GranTurismo S will still feature a 4.7L V8 with 444-hp and 376 lb-ft of torque.
GALLERY: Maserati GranTurismo S Limited Edition
Maserati is recalling 2009 model year Quattroporte and GranTurismo vehicles, over inadequate rear tie-rods that could fail. The recall is affecting 763 vehicles that were built between July and September 2008. A failed tie-rod could lead to a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Maserati dealers will replace the poorly installed tie-rods, install a tie-rod kit and perform a wheel-alignment, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during September 2011. Owners may contact Maserati at 1-201-816-2600.
Last week we brought you a story about the 600hp Novitec Tridente Maserati GranTurismo S. The details were limited and the photos grainy and out of focus. Now we have all the official specs and a huge gallery of glorious photos.
What you need to know, other than the fact that the 4.7-liter Italian V8 now makes 600hp thanks to a supercharger, is that torque grows from a factory 361 ft-lbs to 434 ft-lbs. Novitec says this equates to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds – 0.4 seconds faster than the factory car. But with that much power on-tap, the real improvements come up top as the Novitec monster hits 124 mph in 14.6 seconds and tops out at 196 mph.
To help put all that power to the ground the Novitec engineers equipped the Maserati with some new wheels capable of handling massive pieces of rubber. Up front the 20×9-inch wheels get sizable 275/30/20 Pirelli tires while out back the GranTurismo S has been fitted with 21×12.5-inch wheels with enormous 355/25/21 tires.
GALLERY: Novitec Tridente Maserrati GranTurismo S
Complete details on the Novitec Maserati Tridente after the jump:
Maserati is planning a convertible version of the GranTurismo, similar to the Alfa Romeo 8C Compitizione drop-top which is based on the same platform.
It doesn’t exactly take the foresight of a Nostradamus to predict that Maserati will bring a drop-top version of the GranTurismo to market, but the gents over at Car & Driver seem to have the inside scoop.
The new model is due out in 2010 (or possibly 2011) and the surprising thing is that it will feature a cloth-top instead of a retractable hard-top.
All of the major competitors to the GranTurismo have convertible models, including Mercedes with the SL550, Aston Martin with the V8 Vantage Roadster, Jaguar with the XKR convertible and BMW with the M6 Convertible.
Ferrari already offers the California and while they aren’t easy to obtain, there is also the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Based on the same platform, the California is already a retractable hard-top, whereas the 8C is offered as either a coupe or convertible. A GranTurismo Convertible was in the cards.
What we don’t know is exactly when it will arrive and if it will have four seats or just two. The price is expected to be around $130,000.
Oh… and look for a GranTurismo S Convertible/Roadster to follow.
[Source: Car & Driver]
Over the weekend Maserati revealed its GranTurismo MC race car at the FIA Media Days at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The completely stripped down car will weight less than 1,400 kg (or 3,087 lbs) and while Maserati hasn’t released horsepower output numbers, they have said that the car will use the 4.7-liter Maserati V8 powerplant and boast a power to weight ratio of 3.4 kg/hp (which would put the horsepower rating at about 411 ponies).
The car will initially only be for sale directly from Maserati to race teams who intend on participating in the European FIA GT4 championship – a series in which close-to-stock vehicles participate. In 2010, however, Maserati intends to use the GranTurismo MC more extensively by organizing a one-make racing series for gentleman-drivers, much like the Ferrari Challenge or Lamborghini SuperTrofeo.
The GranTurismo MC is priced at 130,00 Euro, or roughly $170,000.
GALLERY: Maserati GranTurismo MC
Official release after the jump: