• Feb 20, 2007


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It's been a regular Maserati love-in over here these past few days. First we got a teaser sketch of the coupe designed by Pininfarina. Then the Trident marque gave us three images of the stunning new GranTurismo in advance of its Geneva debut. Then we brought you the MC12 XX by Edo Competition. And now Maserati has hit us with the press release for the GranTurismo and an additional profile shot. It must be Christmas time for fans of the house that Alfieri built.

The press release confirms certain details about the stylish new coupe and reveals others. The 4.2-liter V8, derived from the Ferrari-designed engine in the Quattroporte, gets a power spike of 9 horsepower up to 405. It's driving through a fully automatic gearbox – presumably the new ZF unit recently placed in the Quattroporte – but we'd speculate the paddle-shifted sequential will find its way in their eventually despite the anticipated availability of paddle shifters on the torque-converting auto-box. Weight is distributed, as reported, in an ideal 49/51 rear bias. The styling was penned by Pininfarina's American wonderboy Jason Castriota, the same guy responsible for the design of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and the custom Enzo-based P4/5 one-off.

The GranTurismo's launch at this year's Geneva show marks the (approximate) 60th anniversary of the launch of Maserati's first road car, the original Gran Turismo, which was also designed by Pinin Farina (in an era when words were separated by spaces).

Follow the jump for the press release, or click on the gallery below, where we've added the new profile shot seen above.

[Source: Maserati]



PRESS RELEASE:

Maserati GranTurismo

Worldwide preview at the Geneva Motorshow.

Modena – 20th February 2007. The new Maserati GranTurismo, styled by Pininfarina, makes its worldwide debut at the Geneva Motorshow.

The Maserati GranTurismo is a muscular and sporty car, that can be enjoyed every day and a the same time is engaging for the driver. Its excellent handling and sportiveness makes it a point of reference in its category. The Maserati GranTurismo is built with particular attention to comfort, choice of materials and details and with enough room for four people, as only Maserati can do.

The new Maserati GranTurismo is a high-performance sports car, exciting to drive with a 4.2 liter V8 engine, delivering 405 HP, and a weight distribution of 49 at the rear. It is fitted with an automatic gearbox and equipped with an adaptive control system which adjusts the gear-shifting mode to the driving style and the driving conditions.

Maserati's tradition of the Gran Turismo concept dates back to 1947 when the Trident Company, following its clients' demand, unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show its first Gran Turismo. It was designed by the great Pinin Farina, and based on the racing chassis of the A6. It 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.

The new model name – Maserati GranTurismo – is not incidental. Once again, the partnership between Maserati and Pininfarina gives birth to a car that is able to generate emotions and sets itself apart from competitors, due to the technique with which it is built and its unique style.

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.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is beautiful... however, if the technology is anything like the 4 door, then I would not pay this type of money for it. I drove a quattroporte a couple of weeks ago and it was not all that impressive. It had a navi display that looked 5 years old, no blue tooth, a below average sound system, a loud engine with an unattractive exhaust note, lack of Mercedesesque safety features, and a lack of BMWesque driving spirit.

      The only thing that I liked about the car was the fit and finish. You could tell that it was high quality and the fact that the styling was unique.

      This car looks like the RX-8's long lost brother that went to Harvard.

      I'd take a Aston Martin V8 Vantage over this car any day of the week... but then again, I have never test drove an Aston Martin. So I may be dissapointed with that as well.

      Just my 2 cents
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've never been a fan of the current Maserati coupe, the profile looks hunchbacked.

      This, on the other hand, is stunning.

      In other words, the Italians have now responded to Aston Martin's Vantage.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I never pay any attention to any Maserati car before.
      But this is going to change.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the subtle integration of a Maserati "trident" into the design of the wheels.
      • 7 Years Ago
      seems like a Mazda RX8 competitor... looks like a cheap coupe... i didn't expect this from Maserati, i was expecting something that would look really in the Porsche Niche... the car now looks small and nimble, there are nice curves in the front, and thats the greatest thing, but i don't know if the back looks like a sedan or what! if the back points to something, it will point that this car is a cheap coupe... look how BMW, Mercedes, Bentley, Porsche, Ferrari, Lambo (look at those imagine their cars and how they look like (from the back)... where is the Maserati beside them?) the 3200GT was overdone and this one looks like a sedan... they should have been in between.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The front of the car is really superb and so fantastic but the back is not real Italian but a bit Jaguar/Ford/English. If only the lights(on the back) were round ones like an 'old'Ferrari, than the car would really be completely finished!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does this car look like a more refined (and expensive) Rx-8 from the side? Look everything from the back of the windows to the rear bumper, and then look at the bulges over the front wheels.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow...

      Do you know what a "Gran Turismo" is? This car isn't small at all... and what you're talking about (your wishes) probably fits exactly with the next Maserati, which will replace the current coupé.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "which was also designed by Pinin Farina (in an era when words were separated by spaces)"

      I don't know if you're being sarcastic or just don't know, but pininfarina was started by a man called 'Pinin' Farina, acknowledged as one of the greatest stylists ever, hence the space in the press release.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car is a GT and is rather large -- 4 inches longer than a BMW 540i. It is not intended as a competitor for the 911 crowd, etc. The Maserati GranTurismo's back seats are adult sized, not kid sized. This is likely what is throwing everyone off. I have seen it in person at an auto show and it simply blows your socks off. Stunning to look at from every direction. When you see it, the words "cheap" will never come to mind. The interior is outrageously luxurious. Crisp, rich, luxury -- pure and simple.

      The other big addition here is the ZF tranny. Gone are the problem trannies in the 2007 models. The ZFs now power many top of the line cars. With shifting technology now so, so quick, and a car this large, you would not want a 6 speed. Look at how many 911 turbos are being ordered with automatic transmissions now. The auto trannies (with paddle shifting) are the future. No human can shift nearly as fast.

      The rear of the car does not look like a 3 series in person -- it reminds more of the new Aston Martin DBs (stunning also in all respects). The front is not an RX-8 -- c'mon people. See one in person before you compare a piece of crap like that to this car.

      I want one. At more than half the price of the new DBS, why not? ;-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Weird proportions.

      Do this---look at the picture and imagine it without the roof (block it out with your finger or something). It would be *beautiful* as a convertible.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Brutal!

      It's rare to see a car with such an amount of personality!

      This design isn't like Astons or Porsches: great, smoth, clean and balanced designs. Competent designs, but maybe a bit anonymous in the huge (future) history of car design.

      This is about density, emotion, risk, flaws, amazement, character, elegance and fireworks: that's what makes an "odd" but imortal design.

      Did you notice I liked it? :p
      I have my eyes on a different car, but this one is a nice piece, for sure. :)
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