The Geneva Motor Show was the place where Maserati decided to launch the 2013 GranTurismo Sport, the model that replaces the GranTurismo S previously proposed in two versions, with automatic and robotised manual transmission. Powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine delivering 460 hp (338 kW) and 520 Nm of torque and mated to the electro actuated gearbox featuring MC Shift technology, the 2013 Maserati GranTurismo sport can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 300 km/h or 186 mph.
Using the automatic transmission and MC Auto Shift management software, the car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 298 km/h (185 mph).
Regarding the suspension, the Maserati GranTurismo Sport is fitted with the Sport Skyhook system, an evolution of the continuous damping control system capable to make the car even more reactive.
As expected, the GranTurismo Sport is available with two different types of transmission: a ZF 6-speed automatic and a 6-speed electro actuated gearbox, with dry twin-plate clutch (not available in North America).
Regarding the design, the 2013 GranTurismo Sport received a redesigned front bumper, new front light cluster improved thanks to the addition of DRL LED technology and a sleeker rear end with restyled, darker light clusters that accentuate its dramatic look.
The design is completed by the 20” Astro Design alloy wheels, which hide the Brembo brake calipers (6-piston brake calipers at the front and 4-piston brake calipers at the rear).
Moreover, the 2013MY Maserati introduces a new colour called “Blu Sofisticato”. The interior shows a sporty makeover and includes new front and rear seats featuring a more ergonomic design, a new steering wheel with a flatter rim and a grip with accentuated profile. The new design also bring more space for the rear passengers (+20 mm).
With the way the Maserati GranTurismo Sport’s interior has been refurbished, passengers get to enjoy a cabin where attention to detail, craftsmanship, and luxury, are taken to new levels. A good example is how the interior has been redesigned in order to improve the refined but dynamic spirit that this model is known for. The leather upholstery for instance not only has new details but also comes in Poltrona Frau and EcoChrome grey.
Since the model is known for being sporty, this is exemplified by the elements like the aluminum pedals and gearshift paddles. The latter in particular has been placed on its steering wheel and clearly inspired by how the Trofeo race car has been designed. Talking about the steering wheel, which is new as well, the design reveals that it has become more ergonomic.
Due to a grip with a more pronounced profile and having a flatter rim, the steering wheels are more adapted to sports driving. Both seats in the front and the rear are also new and help highlight this new design. In addition to having an updated and improved appearance, the seats have been made ergonomic like the steering wheel. Further, the seats are able to provide enhanced support thus driver and the passengers are able to enjoy even longer trips.
Finally, the way the front seats’ rear shell has been designed allowed for an additional 20 mm space for those sitting in the rear seat. Indeed, all of these changes simply mean that the latest Maserati GranTurismo Sport may likely continue to experience the success of many of Maserati’s models, particularly the GranTurismo. The GranTurismo was first unveiled to the public in 2007 during the Geneva Motor Show.
Since then, it is estimated that about 15,000 units of this model have been sold and delivered to customers located around the world. In fact in 2011, Maserati revealed that with regards to the total car sales, 44% of those were attributed to the GranTurismo, with at least 2,700 units sold.
On the same year, the largest market was the U.S. when it comes to sales by model and overall product range sales. Around 900 units of the GranTurismo were sold in the U.S. with China coming in second and Italy in third.