2018 Maserati GranTurismo made its world debut in New York
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Maserati was revealed at the New York Stock Exchange for the model year 2018 GranTurismo. Exhibiting a restyled exterior in “Grigio Granito” colour and refined black leather interior, the GranTurismo MC (short for Maserati Corse) made its world debut at the Experience Square, right at the main entrance of the NYSE.
Along with the GranTurismo MC, Maserati’s new range consists of a black Ghibli SQ4 Nerissimo Edition with a black/red interior (exclusively built for the US and Canada markets, which first appeared in the New York Auto Show last April), a blue “Passione” Quattroporte GTS GranLusso with a Zegna Silk interior and a white 350hp Levante with a black/red interior, the first SUV in Maserati’s century-long history.
Alongside the modern Maserati cars, also the sensational sports coupé representing Maserati’s racing heritage: the blue Maserati Tipo 151 was exhibited. The model is one of three ever built cars that participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1962.
MY18 GRANTURISMO: Optimised Effectively
The GranTurismo model is the latest Maserati that has been designed by Pininfarina and since its launch in 2007, it has evolved into one of the most iconic GT cars ever built. The 4-seater coupé is considered the ultimate expression of Maserati’s passion, technology and craftsmanship and remains unique in the supercar segment thanks to its timeless design and comfortable 4-seat interior.
The iconic model is relaunched for 2018 with an elegant and aerodynamically efficient restyling, refined interiors and a state-of-the-art infotainment system.
The GranTurismo range consists of two well-defined versions, the Sport, and the MC – the latter on display in New York.
The engine is what makes up for a perfect sports car as it adds to the charm of a satisfactory ride. The launched versions of the new Maserati are equipped with the naturally aspirated 4.7-litre V8 engine, hand-built by Ferrari in Maranello and capable of producing 460hp at 7,000rpm and 520Nm of peak torque at 4,750rpm. Attached directly to the V8 powerhouse is the six-speed ZF Automatic Gearbox.
A car that is beautiful inside out can be a treat to the eyes of onlookers and represent the well-engineered beast under the hood. Maserati Design Centre team in Turin restyled the MY18 but also made sure to retain the touch of the timeless design. Aesthetics of the car have been altered initially comes the ‘sharknose’ hexagonal grille is inspired by the Alfieri Concept that adds a three-dimensional effect to its frontal view.
The grille along with the new lower air ducts helps to improve the airflow distribution and reduce the aerodynamic drag from 0.33 to 0.32. The rear bumper has been given an upgraded look by putting emphasis on the natural elegance of the iconic GT coupé and cabriolet, featuring a neater design with a twofold layout for the Sport and MC versions.
The performance figures of the MY18 GranTurismo show that the model has been improved compared to the previous model year. The GranTurismo Sport can do 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 299km/h while the lighter MC version makes it to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 301km/h.
The interior is built as it successfully offers premium comfort for four adults, thanks to the individual Poltrona Frau® leather seats with integrated headrests. The available options of Alcantara and leather upholstery spice up the interior of the iconic Italian coupé.
For 2018, a new, high resolution 8.4” capacitive touch screen and Harman Kardon Premium Sound system have been devised for the modern customers. The infotainment system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions, while the redesigned central console accommodates a user-friendly, double rotary knob, made of forged aluminium. The button cluster for the car’s driving modes is placed next to the gearshift lever on the lower centre console.
The Brand's current flag-bearers are the Quattroporte flagship in GranLusso and GranSport versions, the Ghibli executive sports sedan, the GranTurismo and GranCabrio sports cars and the Levante, the first Maserati SUV. A range complete as never before, with petrol and Diesel engines, rear or all-wheel drive, the finest materials and outstanding engineering. Maserati represents the tradition of successful cars, each of them redefining what makes an Italian sports car in terms of design, performance, comfort, elegance, and safety.