Maserati GranTurismo Sport makes its debut in the UK

Article by Christian A., on September 9, 2012

Maserati has launched the GranTurismo Sport at the exclusive Hurlingham Club in London. For its newest product, Maserati went all out and prepared an amazing show. The GranTurismo Sport was displayed together with the special edition Bulgari Octo Maserati watch. Maserati’s latest coupé – the new GranTurismo Sport – provides an elevated performance and some restyling that makes it elegant and sportier.

It is powered by a 4.7 litre V8 engine, which produces 460 hp and 520 Nm of torque, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds (while it’s 4.8 seconds for the MC Shift Auto version). There are two versions available.

The first is the MC Shift that features a 6 speed manual robotised gearbox with a transaxle layout while the other one is the MC Shift Auto, which comes with a 6-speed automatic gearbox by ZF. The new model was introduced by Peter Denton, Head of Sales for Maserati GB. He presented the GranTurismo MC Shift in white (Bianco Eldorado) and the MC Shift Auto in the new Blu Sofisticato colour.

The special edition Bulgari Maserati Octo watch was received equally well. Over 350 guests attended this event, which include supermodel and Maserati racing driver Jodie Kidd, who was wearing a Fendi gold mini-dress and some stunning Bulgari jewels and Giovanni Soldini, the most respected sailor in Italy and skipper of the Maserati VOR 70.

Iconic racing driver Sir Stirling Moss and Tottenham Hotspur’s Italian goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini were also at the event. The Maserati GranTurismo Sport MC Shift Auto is priced from £90,750 (on the road) while the GranTurismo Sport MC Shift has a price tag of £94,080 (on the road).

By restyling the bodywork of the new GranTurismo Sport, Maserati was able make the GT sportier than before. Among the changes is a redesigned front bumper that allows for better airflow and cooling front brakes. The redesigned front bumper also offers visual enhancements, as complemented by a new styling cue that seemingly fuses the space between the car’s oval grille and its new headlights. The signature oval grille is marked in the center by the chromed trident with red accents. Although the front light cluster has retained its original profile, it has been redesigned and now employs LED units for its daytime running lights. LED units don’t only make the headlights look more stylish, they also enhance the lamps’ visibility and functionality.

Meanwhile, the braking system for the new Maserati GranTurismo Sport comes courtesy of brake-maker Brembo. These brakes – fitted on the GT’s 20-inch Astro Design alloy wheels – make use of dual-cast technology and employ six-piston front brake calipers and four-piston rear brake calipers. Since the slotted and perforated braking disc is made from both cast iron and aluminum, it is lighter by between 15 percent and 20 percent. The use of these materials also allows these discs to be less susceptible to corrosion while offering superior comfort and performance.

The brake calipers for the new Maserati GranTurismo Sport are finished in matt oxidized blue, which highlights the car’s ultra-sporty character and the attention to detail that the brand pays to its new creation.

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