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Maserati GranTurismo

GranTurismo

Maserati logo1 Sep 2007

The GranTurismo made its global debut at the Geneva motor show in March 2007 while first Australian deliveries began in late November of that year.

A new, Quattroporte sedan-derived platform with 49/51 per cent front/rear weight distribution was clothed in a sharp Pininfarina-designed bodyshell making the GranTurismo bigger and more advanced than Maserati’s GranSport coupe.

The four-seater grand touring two-door was powered by 303kW 4.2-litre V8, mated to an adaptive automatic transmission.

In early 2009, a high-performance S version was unleashed, sporting a bigger 4.7-litre V8 that produced 328kW of power at 7000rpm and 490Nm of torque at 4750rpm.

It could accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds – three-tenths faster than the regular GranTurismo.

The exterior of the S was distinguished by an integrated rear spoiler, side skirts, oval-shaped exhaust tailpipes and black grille and headlight surrounds.

In June 2011 the race-bred MC Stradale flagship was unleashed onto Australia's roads, 110kg lighter than the GranTurismo S and with a more powerful 331kW/510Nm V8.

The effect of increasing power while reducing weight cut the 0-100km/h sprint to 4.6 seconds while increasing v-max to 301km/h.

With power came responsibility too, as it was 13 per cent more fuel-efficient than the GranTurismo S, at 14.4L/100km.

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