In celebration of the 150th year of Italian unification, Maserati is introducing the GranTurismo S Limited Edition at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show. The Granturismo S Limited Edition has an exclusive limited edition of 12 cars meant for the Italian market. It comes with unique trim levels and contents. An exclusive matt Sebring Blue paint is used on the exterior that emphasizes its elegant lines but also highlights its sportiness.
To put the focus on these features, Maserati used carbon on the front spoilers, side mirrors, door handles and rear spoiler.
The brake calipers use hand-polished aluminum and featured alongside a set of 20-inch rims. Its side skirts have a matt black paint, complementing the headlights, to make the car appear more aggressive.
Its interior uses a combination of sport and elegance that’s common to the MC Stradale version. The instruments as well as the controls on the dashboard and central tunnel are framed by some carbon finishes.
At the base of the central console is where we can find the commemorative Centocinquantenario (150th Anniversary) Italian Unification plate that carries the official logo. The model’s exclusivity is indicated as well with a figure on this plate that shows how many units were produced.
Maserati has long been known to present new models for every international car and the 2009 Geneva Auto Show is no different as the brand will be unveiling the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic. While it does have design features expected from a Maserati, the GranTurismo S Automatic has some style differences that make it unique yet recognizable. For example, the under-door mini-skirts now have a more pronounced shape and thus improve its profile’s dynamism.
The 20-inch wheel rims with the Trident design evoke elegance and strength. The Skyhook suspension system, which has the continuously adjustable dampers, guarantees excellent driving comfort. With the new passenger air bag equipped with a Low Risk Deployment function, passive safety inside this Maserati is improved even further. Enhancing the onboard pleasure not only for the driver but also for the three passengers is the different equipment. There is the standard Bluetooth Wireless Technology and the Maserati Multi Media System.
Customers, upon request, can also have an Ipod interface fitted. One thing that is sure to catch the attention of customers is the 4.7-liter V8 engine that powers the GranTurismo S Automatic. With this, a 323 kW (440 HP) output is possible at 7,000 rpm with peak torque of 490 Nm coming in at 4,750 rpm. A major innovation in this new offering is the automatic transmission that is paired with the V8 engine.
In the past, the GranTurismo was either fitted with the 4.2-liter and paired with an automatic transmission or a 4.7-liter version but with the electro-actuated gearbox. With the output given by the V8 engine plus the automatic 6-speed ZF gearbox, the GranTurismo S Automatic is able to highlight the original concept but still deliver peak performance.