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Fastest production Maserati yet

2008-03-07 07:01
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Maserati
Model GrandTurismo S
Engine 4.7-litre V8
Power 328kW @ 7 000r/min
Torque 490Nm @ 4 750r/min
Transmission Six-speed
Zero To Hundred 4.9 seconds
Top Speed 295km/h
Maserati GranTurismo too subtle for you? How about the new 328kW S version then?

Featuring a new 4.7-litre V8 engine (500cc larger than the standard GT), producing 328kW and 490Nm, the S will rocket from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds thanks to the electro-actuated MC shift gearbox. Top speed is a new all time record for a production Maserati at 295km/h.

More power, keener shifts

The compact and lightweight 4.7-liter V8 engine develops maximum power output of 328kW at 7 000r/min and peak torque of 490Nm at 4 750r/min, and ensures high specific power output and more torque at lower speeds as well.

Blending urban and sporting ability, the exhaust valve pneumatic control can be activated to make the V8 more discrete when weaving through early morning traffic.

An electro-actuated six-speed gearbox is mated with the 4.7-litre V8 engine, and has MC-Shift software which harnesses the new engine's power output, ensuring new unbeatable gearshift performance in terms of the whole sports car range.

On the GranTurismo S shift phases are partially overlapped. Gear disengagement and engagement takes place in advance of the clutch opening and closing; which means shift durations, interpreted and calculated as the break in acceleration, drops to 100 milliseconds, whilst the single gear engagement phase reduces to 40 milliseconds.

The fast MC-Shift is available only when shifting up in manual sport mode, provided the transmission control unit recognizes when parameters relating to engine and transmission temperature are achieved, quick shift being enabled above 5 500r/min and with the throttle open 80%.

Dynamically able

With the 4.7-litre V8 mounted up front, and the gearbox, located to the rear, with a tubular element containing the driveshaft connecting the two weight distribution is in a 47/53 front/rear split ratio.

Looking through the spokes of the new 20-inch rims on the GranTurismo S you can see the high-performance brake system developed in collaboration with Brembo.

The system features front brake discs made with dual-cast technology - a dual casting of cast iron and aluminium, paired with aluminium mono-bloc 6-piston brake callipers.

Vehicle roll has been reduced significantly as a result of the modified springs, bars and dampers, and this has benefited handling and performance.

Aesthetically appealing

On the outside the Maserati GranTurismo S is distinguished by a number of aesthetic modifications that, although discrete, are highly effective and serve to make the car body appear even sportier without abandoning the sleekness of the lines masterfully designed by Pininfarina.

An integrated boot lid spoiler and new side skirts help to improve airflow around the car. It remains a sinfully beautiful car. The sporty look is complemented by the generously proportioned oval-section exhaust tailpipes.

Interior upholstery is in Poltrona Frau leather and Alcantara, and blends the characteristically ostentatious Maserati style with contemporary ergonomics.


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