2008 Bologna Motor Show: Maserati GranTurismo S MC Sport Line

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

"MC Sport Line" is Maserati's newly developed special range of new options, which makes its world premiere at the Bologna Motor Show, with new elements that add to Maserati's already broad range of custom-made features on offer.

Designed to improve the athletic DNA of Maserati vehicles, the MC Sport Line provides for those customers who like to demonstrate their passion for racing through an active appearance and a selection of technical solutions that boost the driving experience without sacrificing performance.

The experience on the racetrack accumulated by the Maserati Corse Department is summed up in the name "MC Sport Line," whose input into the development of the functional parts have been very useful. Maserati styling inspiration also came from the world of motor racing, thus the wide-ranging use of carbon fiber, very famous among racing buffs courtesy of its direct link with racing contests.

The ultimate illustration of Maserati performance on the streets, the GranTurismo S, was the variant voted to publicly introduce the first offers of the "MC Sport Line" exhibition guide, which will include the GranTurismo series and then, in the course of 2009, cover the whole Maserati range. At the onset of 2009, buyers of GranTurismo S will not only be able to improve the athletic appearance of the exterior and interior of their vehicles, but also provide mechanical resolutions.

Courtesy of its front and rear carbon-fiber spoilers aerodynamics can be now be modified, which profit from tests on track made on the GranTurismo MC Concept; not only does the aerodynamics maximize the vertical load but also provides the vehicle a very unique look, likewise the side skirts with central panel with matt black finish, adds a lively edge to the side profile.

The external athletic appearance can be rounded off with the mirror housing and door handles, both of which are made from carbon fiber also. An identical dark shade is seen in the shiny black 20 inch wheel rims that fit the dark line of the exterior ideally. The words "MC Sport Line" on the carbon-fiber doors inform you that you are entering a special setting, in which the door panels, dashboard and central tunnel are characterized by carbon-fiber.

The steering wheel rim, the control stalks for the electro-actuated transmission and the body of the instrument panel, dashboard and door panels with carbon molding are all done in carbon-fiber. Carbon-fiber dominates the entire section of the central tunnel, acting as an enhancing contrast to the chrome's brilliance.

Machined from a solid piece of aluminum is the "MC" pedal block that comes with a kickplate to the left. Underneath the body of the vehicle, with the aid of stiffer springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars, the suspension was made more rigid; the latest suspension arrangement is coordinated with a particular software by Maserati Stability Program, permitting more liberty for the driver.

Currently, the vehicle is 10 mm lower compared to the GranTurismo S, providing a performance on the street that is totally uncompromising in regards to handling and driving pleasure. Each of the listed features is offered either as a piece of the customization pack, in keeping with the suggestions of Maserati developers; or, to cater for the personal tastes of each customer, offered individually.

Press Release


The MC Sport Line customisation programme focuses on Maserati's racing heritage fresh from its latest international triumph in the FIA GT championship with the Bertolini-Bartels duo in Argentina, the land of Juan Manuel Fangio.

Maserati has developed a special series of new options named "MC Sport Line", which make their worldwide debut at the Bologna Motor Show, with new content that adds to Maserati's already extensive range of personalisation options. The "MC Sport Line" is designed to enhance the sporty DNA of Maseratis for those customers who like to express their passion for racing through dynamic styling and a choice of technical solutions that increase driving fun without compromise.

The name "MC Sport Line" sums up the on-track experience gained by the Maserati Corse department, whose contribution to the design of the functional components has been invaluable. The world of motor racing also inspired Maserati's designers when it came to styling, hence the extensive use of carbon fibre, exceptionally popular among racing enthusiasts thanks to its direct links to racing.

The GranTurismo S, the ultimate expression of Maserati's performance, was the model chosen to first present the "MC Sport Line" catalogue to the public, which will be extended to the GranTurismo range and then will ultimately encompass the entire Maserati line-up during the course of 2009.

From early 2009, GranTurismo S customers will not only be able to enhance the sporty look of their vehicle's exterior and interior - but different technical solutions will also be available.

Aerodynamics can be modified thanks to the addition of front and rear carbon-fibre spoilers, which benefit from track tests conducted on the GranTurismo MC Concept; the new aerodynamics not only optimise the vertical load but give the car a very distinctive appearance, as do the side skirts with the central panel finished in matt black, adding a dynamic edge to the side view.

The sporty look of the exterior can be completed with carbon fibre mirror housings and door handles. The same dark shade is reflected in the glossy black 20" wheel rims that perfectly match the dark line of the exterior.

The carbon fibre door sill bearing the words "MC Sport Line", tells you that you are entering a different environment, in which carbon fibre characterises the door panels, dashboard and central tunnel.

The steering wheel rim is also made from carbon fibre, as are the paddle shifts for the electro-actuated transmission and the body of the instrument panel, dashboard and door panels, featuring carbon moulding. Looking at the central tunnel, carbon fibre dominates the entire section, acting as a backdrop to enhance the brilliance of the chrome.

The "MC" pedal block complete with kickplate to the left is machined from solid aluminium.

Under the "skin", the suspension has been stiffened thanks to new, stiffer springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars; the new suspension set-up is synchronised with a specific Maserati Stability Programme software, allowing the driver more freedom. The car is now 10 mm lower than the GranTurismo S, resulting in on-road performance that is absolutely uncompromising in terms of handling and driving enjoyment.

All the features listed are available either as part of the customisation package, following the indications of Maserati designers; or individually, to cater for the personal tastes of each customer.

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