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 |  Dec 02 2011, 2:00 PM

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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

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 |  May 07 2009, 12:22 PM

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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]

 |  May 06 2009, 12:04 PM

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Several years ago Ferrari tuner Novitec released it’s first line of parts for the Maserati brand under the name Novitec Tridente. The minor modifications made available for the Quattroporte model didn’t, however, generate much excitement. The opposite will no doubt be true of the new Novitec Tridente line for the Maserati GranTurismo S…. due mostly to the car’s 600hp output.

With a supercharger, exhaust system and ECU tune the Italian tuning experts at the German Novitec facility have managed to increase output of the 4.7-liter V8 by 160hp. Other upgrades include a set of staggered wheels with an original set of 20×9-inch Novitec NM3 wheels up front and 12×12.5-inch wheels in the rear.

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Other highlights include the Novitec//KW suspension system as well as a full aero kit, designed to keep the exotic Maserati planted on the autobahn at high speeds. The kit includes a front splitter, rear diffuser, side skirts and a subtle trunklid spoiler – all made from carbon fiber.

Novitec hasn’t officially released full details on the car so we’ll keep you updated on what else this package entails and just how fast it can go.

GALLERY: Novitec Tridente Maserati GranTurismo S

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[Source: WorldCarFans]