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Maserati Reveals High Performance Granturismo

February 27th, 2008

A year after unveiling the GranTurismo, Maserati will be back at the Geneva International Motorshow on 4 March 2008 with yet another world premiere, the GranTurismo S, providing the ultimate expression of Maserati coupé’s sportiness that shifts the emphasis onto performance and driving enjoyment.

The Maserati GranTurismo has already proven to be an outstanding success for the legendary Italian car maker, becoming the fastest selling Maserati of all time, while in Australia and New Zealand deliveries have just started from an order book that is larger than Maserati’s entire sales in 2007. This was despite a 96 per cent increase in Maserati Quattroporte sales in 2007.

The two main changes to the GranTurismo to produce the new ‘S’ variant are at the heart of the new Maserati: the new 440 hp V8 4.7 engine and the new electro-actuated gearbox with fast MC-Shift arranged in the transaxle layout typical of high-performance sports cars that represents the technological DNA of all Maseratis.

The GranTurismo S makes use of the high-performance brake system developed in collaboration with Brembo and introduced for the first time in the automotive field on the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S. 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, ensuring optimised braking performance.

The exterior the Maserati GranTurismo S is characterised by a number of aesthetic modifications that, although discrete, are highly effective and make the car body appear sportier without abandoning the sleekness of the lines masterfully designed by Pininfarina.

The interior upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather and Alcantara reflects the sporty flair of the Maserati GranTurismo S; the figure-hugging front and rear seats are distinguished by their new dynamic design with horizontal piping on the seats and seatbacks.

The Maserati GranTurismo S will make its Australian and New Zealand debut in early 2009, when prices and local specifications will be announced.

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