Speaking about the GranTurismo, Andrea Pininfarina, Chairman and CEO Pininfarina S.p.A., said “We are very proud to continue such a high prestige partnership with a vehicle that will promote ”Made in Italy” all over the world.”
“Technically speaking, this new coupé, with its decidedly sporting temperament, has the advantage of deriving from such a well tested-and-tried product such as the Quattroporte, the “flagship” that marked our renewed cooperation with Maserati and which scored a great success, also winning numerous international awards.
“The input as regards styling came from Pininfarina: the GranTurismo is, in fact, inspired by our Birdcage 75th concept.”
Maserati defines its GranTurismo as “a muscular and sporty car, that can be enjoyed every day and at the same time is engaging for the driver. […] is built with particular attention to comfort, choice of materials and details and with enough room for four people”.
The Maserati GranTurismo is powered by a 4.2 liters V8 engine, delivering 405 HP, with exceptional dynamic performances thanks to the well-balanced weight distribution (49% at the front and 51% at the rear).
The transmission adopts an automatic gearbox and an adaptive control system which adjusts the gear-shifting mode to the driving style and the driving conditions.
The official release follows the recent rumors and the sketches unveiled by Quatroruote magazine.
|Above: a design sketch (left) and a Photoshop rendering unveiled by Quattroruote|
A GT Tradition
The prototype of the production 1947 Maserati A6 1500 Coupé
by Pinin Farina (source: Maserati.org.au)
The new GranTurismo celebrates the 30th anniversary of the debut of the brand’s first GT, the A6 designed by Battista Pinin Farina, unveiled at the 1947 Geneva Motor Show.
The A6 was the first Maserati road car and was produced in 58 units.
The car was acclaimed by the automotive press for its advanced technical content and for its avant-garde style solutions.
Additional information about the historical collaboration between Maserati and Pininfarina can be found on Pininfarina’s website.
The new Maserati GranTurismo represents a further step towards the completion of the Trident product range, following the worldwide launch of the Quattroporte Automatic at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.