2011 Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic gets new new Sport Pack

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 3, 2011

Maserati GB introduces to the market its new Sport Pack for GranTurismo S Automatic, which is the company’s bestselling model in the UK. The pack further improves the GranTurismo S Automatic to provide a performance-oriented experience while keeping the convenience and ease of the ZF automatic transmission.

In addition, it features the super-fast MC Auto Shift software as well as a revised exhaust system which keeps its bypass valves fully open in Sport mode in order to give out an even richer sound.

It also boasts of a wide range of sports styling features including black look headlights, black mesh side grilles, a stylish black grille which features the Maserati Trident logo with red accents, and body colored side skirts and front winglets.

Moreover, the pack features an integrated oval exhaust pipes and rear boot lid spoiler, coupled with Grigio Mercury Neptune-design alloy wheels for a sportier appeal.

The GranTurismo S Automatic, which is equipped with dual-cast brake discs as standard, boasts of a 4.7-litre V8 which produces 440 HP (323kW) at 7000 rpm, with a maximum torque of 490Nm at 4750 rpm.

Furthermore, it sprints from 0 to 100km/h (0 to 62mph) in 5 seconds flat, with a top speed of 183 mph. Price for the Sport pack is pegged at £3,840, bringing the price of a GranTurismo S Automatic equipped with this pack to £92,480 on the road, including 3 years/unlimited mileage warranty.

If anything, the Maserati GranTurismo S is the best example of the brand’s athleticism which more than highlights the driving enjoyment and performance it offers. On the inside, it makes use of Alcantara and Poltrona Frau for its upholstery which echoes its sporty style.

The figure-hugging seats in the front, as well as the seats in the back, are made more unique by the dynamic design which puts horizontal piping on the seats and the seatbacks. The exterior is depicted with various subtle visual improvements. All of which make the car more athletic while still continuing to have the smooth lines originally designed by Pininfarina. This new GranTurismo S however offers two new innovations.

The first is the 4.7-liter V8 engine with output at 440 hp. The second is the electro-actuated gearbox that comes with the MC-Shift and configured in a transaxle design similar to high-performance sports cars which symbolizes the technological DNA of all the company’s products.

In addition, this latest offering from Maserati has been fitted with a high-performance brake system that was created in partnership with Brembo. What makes this system distinct is that discs in the front brakes were manufactured using dual cast technology, which simply means casting it with aluminum and iron.

To ensure that braking performance is optimized, it is mated to the 6-piston mono-bloc aluminum brake calipers. This brake system was first unveiled to the automotive world through the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S.

Press Release

Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic

True to Maserati's commitment to introduce a new model at each international car show, the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic will première at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show. The new Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic features a 4.7 V8 which develops 440 HP (323kW) at 7000 rpm. The maximum torque is 490Nm at 4.750 rpm.

The major novelty is the combination of the automatic transmission with the most powerful wet sump Maserati V8 on the GranTurismo - until now offered as 4.2 l with automatic transmission and 4.7 l with an electro-actuated gearbox. Thanks to the combination of the 323kW produced by the powerful 4.7l V8 engine and the smoothness of the ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox, the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic stresses the original granturismo concept while at the same time offering peak performance.

The Skyhook suspension system featuring continuously adjustable dampers provides great driving comfort. Passive safety is further enhanced thanks to the introduction on the Maserati GranTurismo range of a new generation passenger air-bag with Low Risk Deployment functionality.

Consistently with the unmistakable design of all Maseratis, the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic features some marked stylistic differences which make it immediately recognisable: the new under-door mini-skirts featuring a prominent shape, which enhances the dynamism of its profile and the new 20" wheel rims with "Trident" design, which recall the strength and elegance of the car.

A further enriched equipment increases the on board pleasure for the driver and the three passengers, thanks to the Bluetooth® Wireless Technology, offered as standard, and the Ipod® interface, available upon request, which complete the Maserati Multi Media System.

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