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Maserati Gran Turismo

The brand new Maserati Gran Turismo was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2007. In early April, it made its first appearance in North America at the New York Motor Show. This magnificent sports car replaces the Maserati Coupe, whose career is reaching an end after five years of loyal service.

The Maserati’s return to the forefront happened in the late ’90s, thanks to the intervention of Fiat, which associated the trident brand with Ferrari, its rival since the ’50s. In 2005, Maserati rejoined Fiat, which has since invested great sums of money to further develop the Italian company.

The Maserati Gran Turismo’s silhouette was designed by none other than the great Pininfarina, to whom we also owe the fabulous Maserati Quattroporte 2004. The linkage is obvious and, at first glance, it unveils seductive and harmonious curves. Its long nose lends a touch of aggressiveness to its personality and echoes the classic lines of the Maserati A6 GCS from the early ’50s. No detail was overlooked for the interior, and the stylistic mastery it reveals could make a Milanese fashion designer jealous. You have to be Italian to be able to mix elegance and bold designs so brilliantly. Outfitted in red leather, the cockpit provides ample space for rear passengers. For esthetes, Maserati will soon release a set of luggage to match, custom designed by Salavatore Ferragamo.

The Gran Turismo shares the same engine with the Quattroporte 2007, a 4.2-liter mid-front mounted 90-degree V8, delivering maximum power of 405 hp at 7,100 rpm and maximum torque of 460 Nm at 4,750 rpm. This new-generation power unit allows for lightning accelerations, while focusing on driving comfort and better mileage. The stainless steel melody performed by the eight cylinders should delight speed and music lovers alike, even if Maserati has, again, chosen to practice some restraint. This will conveniently allow future owners to come home late at night without waking up the help. The new 6-speed automatic transmission is a great improvement over the previous models, and allows the gears to shift at higher revs (7200 rpm) than its direct competition. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, and its maximum speed is 285 km/h. Read the rest of this entry »

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