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2009-05-08 07:09
Maserati’s GranTurismo S. A sinfully pretty car, why would anybody want to mess with the styling?

Fortunately German tuner, Novitec, has been providing performance and styling solutions for Italian performance cars for two decades, and why tool up to give the GranTurismo a going-over, you know there is a surfeit of skill to ensure a high-quality conversion.

The Stetten-based German tuner, with a penchant for supercharging Italy’s most exotic performance cars, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and accordingly is producing an extensive portfolio of new products.

Subtle, stylish, superb

Although Novitec is known primarily for outlandishly powerful, supercharged Ferrari conversions, this latest offering is a stylishly subtle (two words usually foreign to the German aftermarket tuning scene) Maserati GranTurismo S kit.

Custom exhausts blend superbly with new rear lower fascia, housed in a quality, carbon-fibre, finish.

Novitec’s exterior design team was careful not to bungle the GranTurismo’s stunning aesthetics by embellishing the bodywork with all manner of silly stick-on accessories. The bodykit then, is hewn from carbon-fibre and features a new front splitter, rocker panels, rear skirt and boot-lid wing.

Combined with the new NM3-series alloy wheels (measuring 20 inches front and 21 inches at the rear) Novitec’s bodykit adds the requisite factor of differentiation expected from a custom car, without alienating Maserati traditionalists by embellishing the GT with aesthetic excess.

Supercharged V8 power

Dynamically the Novitec GranTurismo S rides lower and features forced-induction power.

The more aggressive stance is courtesy of those German spring and damper gurus at KW, whilst a supercharger, perfectly synched with the ECU and custom exhaust system, raises the 4.7l V8’s power from 324kW to 447kW.

With Novitec's help the Trident badge guards over supercharged power again - as it should be.

Considering the weakness of German aftermarket tuners - styling excess and subseuqent brand image devaluation - this conversion by Novitec is an ode to subtle neatness.

We think Novitec boss Wolfgang Hagedorn and his team has inadvertently produced a very apt 20th anniversary birthday present for themselves.


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