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The Sport will replace the current “S” model in their line-up, and will be offered with a choice of two gearboxes, a six-speed F1-style sequential gearbox or the six-speed automatic. Sadly, no proper manual gearbox is offered. To put the smile back on your face, you will get a tweaked version of the 4.7-liter, V8 that now produces 454-hp. Maserati reckons it will sprint from 0-60 mph in under 5.0-seconds (official figures to be unveiled at the show).
To distinguish the Sport from the old “S” model, this model now gets a revised front bumper, and as with many luxury car these days, LED’s have also snuck their way into the headlights. No pricing has been announced thus far, but expect it to be between the regular Gran Turismo and the top of the line MC Stradale version.
GALLERY: Maserati Gran Turismo Sport
Chevrolet has announced pricing of their 2012 Camaro Zl1 at $54,095. Chevrolet claims that the car compares favorably to more expensive cars like the Audi R8 GT, Mercedes-Benz SLS and Maserati Gran Turismo, which cost between $122,800 and $196,800 based on available performance.
Of course, that suggestion is laughable, as those cars would never be cross-shopped and their respective demographics likely have a mutual enmity. By comparison, rivals like the Ford Shelby GT500 and Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392 retail for $48,645 and $42,780 respectively. The ZL1 will also hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 184 mph.
Anderson Germany’s newest creation is a menacing, flat black Maserati Gran Turismo S that they’ve dubbed the Superior Black Edition. The only parts remaining on this Gran Turismo S that aren’t matte are the window frames, grille and rear logo. And they’re all gloss back.
The dark theme continues with a tinted shade on the headlights and taillights. Plus, to complement the matte black Anderson Germany outfitted the Gran Turismo S with a new hood and a selection of carbon fiber components – the mirrors, tailgate, roof ledges, left and right air inlets are all in carbon.
To finish off the exterior modifications, Anderson Germany also equips the Maserati with subtle front and rear aprons while 21-inch wheels adorn all four corners. The car was then lowered to give it the proper stance it needs to match the rest of the package. Horsepower has been increased to a respectable 492-hp, up from the factory 440-hp, thanks to a new exhaust system with racing catalytic converters and an ECU retune. There is also a weight savings of about 29-lbs from the new exhaust.
The interior receives plenty of carbon fiber accents while in car electronics has been decked out with plenty of monitors and a Playstation3. Reupholstery consists of black carbon leather and Alcantara, contrasted with red stitching.
GALLERY: Anderson Germany Maserati Gran Turismo S Superior Black Edition
German luxury tuner DMC has refined the Maserati Gran Turismo, naming the project Sovrano 2011 and giving it an additional 150-hp and 60 lb-ft of torque. The extra power comes thanks to a supercharger mated to the 4.7L V8, bringing peak horsepower to 590-hp and torque to 348 lb-ft.
DMC didn’t stop there though, spicing up the exterior of the Maserati with a new aggressive front bumper, front lip, and additional air inlets and outlets on the hood to cool off the supercharged V8. The side skirts receive a Lambo-esque theme while the rear gets a sporty new rear diffuser and trunk spoiler. All of the body components are manufactured in high quality, lightweight carbon fiber.
DMC is also pushing their new line of wheels featuring a concave design in a staggered 20-inch pairing in the front and 21-inch pairing in the rear. DMC also lowered the Gran Turismo by 1.2-inch, giving it a slightly more aggressive stance.
Finishing off the project are interior modifications featuring high quality leather and contrasting stitching. Aluminum pedals and a sporty steering wheel are additional add-ons.
No pricing was announced from DMC.
GALLERY: DMC Sovrano 2011 Maserati GT
In our eyes, Mansory has become the undisputed king of building custom vehicles. From their Rolls-Royce Ghost to their Bentley Continental GT Speed, Mansory has found a way to excel in building off the excellent foundation that these luxury vehicle manufacturers have already released.
For the upcoming Paris Auto Show, Mansory has announced that they’re currently working on tuning packages for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Maserati‘s Gran Turismo model. If their Bugatti Linea Vincero is any indication of what they might have in store for the SLS AMG and Gran Turismo, it’s going to be a long month to wait until the October 2nd, 2010 event.
Currently not a whole lot is being revealed about the two projects, in typical Mansory fashion, and their website just teases that the Mansory customization based on the two models is coming soon. Mansory has been known for as many misses as hits over the past few years and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that they don’t butcher either of these stunningly beautiful models.
And as always, AutoGuide.com will be there to cover all the happenings from Paris. So stay tuned.
The Trofeo Maserati series held its first test day at Vallelunga circuit this week, and it was just as awesome as you might expect it to be. The series is an arrive-and-drive competition for international ballers gentleman drivers who want to go fast in style – much like the Ferrari Challenge or Lamborghini Super Trofeo series.
The GranTurismo MC race cars used in the series weigh less than 3,087 lbs and while Maserati hasn’t released horsepower output numbers, the cars use Maserati’s 4.7-liter V8 powerplant.
Maserati released a few official videos of the cars on track but they aren’t very exciting. Instead we found this video on YouTube. Turn up your speakers and hear that unrestrained Italian V8 howl!
Hit the jump for the video: