Maserati puts the Gran into grandeur

Gran­tur­ismo and Gran­cabrio, the two big hit­ters from the House of Mo­dena, are en­joy­ing a re­fresh for 2018 to present them­selves on the world mar­ket with just that pinch more brio.

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The two mod­els first ar­rived in 2007 and 2009 re­spec­tively, be­com­ing sym­bolic straight away

The Gran­tur­ismo MY18 and the Gran­cabrio MY18 are the two new­bies out from the House of Maserati that made their de­buts at Ibiza and at Phi Beach on the Costa Smer­alda in the pres­ence of many par­tic­i­pants. The Gran­tur­ismo MY 2018 was un­veiled in New York in June and its tech­ni­cal and stylis­tic fea­tures im­me­di­ately stood out, high­light­ing the ex­cel­lence of the Maserati brand. The coupé brings the name of Pin­in­fa­rina to the fore and, since 2007, has be­come one of the most iconic GT cars ever made. The Maserati GT is con­sid­ered to be a top-of-the-range model, and is in part a tes­ti­mony to the Tri­dent legacy. This 100-year-old his­tory is re­flected in the lat­eral pro­file in­spired by the leg­endary Maserati ‘Bird­cage’ Type 60/62 and fea­tures stylis­tic tips such as triple air in­takes in the front flanks and tri­an­gu­lar C up­rights, which con­tain the iconic Saetta logo.

In the wake of the Gran Turismo is the Gran­cabrio MY18, very close in style and me­chan­ics, sym­bol of a new im­por­tant chap­ter in the House of Mo­dena, be­ing the first Maserati in­ven­tion with four ac­tual seat­ing places. The con­vert­ible is in­spired by the GT model, com­bin­ing dy­namism and el­e­gance with their own style and be­com­ing, once opened, a breath­tak­ing cabri­o­let, mag­ni­fy­ing its beauty and promis­ing dream travel. Go­ing into greater de­tail, I dis­cov­ered that the new

Gran­tur­ismo and Gran­cabrio range cur­rently in­cludes only two ver­sions with a well-de­fined iden­tity: Sport and MC (the lat­ter on show in New York). Set­ting aside the V8 4.2 en­gine of 405hp, both new ver­sions fea­ture the leg­endary 4.7-liter V8 en­gine, crafted by Fer­rari to Maranello, de­liv­er­ing a thrust of 460hp at 7,000 rpm and 520 N.m of max­i­mum torque at 4,750 r/min. The en­gine of­fers a for­mi­da­ble ac­cel­er­a­tion re­sponse en­hanced by the six-speed ZF au­to­matic gear­box di­rectly con­nected to the en­gine. Per­for­mance con­firms tech­ni­cal up­grades – the Gran­tur­ismo MY18 and the Gran­cabrio MY18 touch 100 km/h in just 4.8 sec­onds, reach­ing a max­i­mum speed of 299 km/h. The MC ver­sion is lighter and has slightly bet­ter per­for­mance: from 0 to 100 in 4.7 sec­onds and a top speed of 301 km/h. The two ver­sions (Sport and MC) stand out pri­mar­ily for their cen­tral split­ter: the MC vari­ant has a more ag­gres­sive de­sign that cel­e­brates the sporti­ness of the Maserati group by adopt­ing a new front bumper, fea­tur­ing a larger hexag­o­nal “shark muz­zle”, and lat­eral air in­takes, which pro­vide a sense of sta­bil­ity by shift­ing the aero­dy­namic load of the car

With the MC ver­sion, the Gran­tur­ismo and the Gran­cabrio ex­ceed 300 km/h for the first time

to the front wheels. Air re­sis­tance has duly been re­duced from 0.33 to 0.32.

There is am­ple scope for ex­ter­nal cus­tomiza­tion: there are 16 col­ors avail­able for the Gran­tur­ismo MY18 and for the pre­sen­ta­tion of the two mod­els, Maserati in­tro­duced a new

three-layer color, Ab­so­lute Blue. The in­te­rior is no less spec­tac­u­lar than the en­gine and ex­te­rior, with that at­ten­tion to de­tail that dis­tin­guishes Ital­ian au­to­mo­tive prod­ucts, al­ways in search of com­fort and warmth.

It is in its MC ver­sion that Maserati ex­presses max­i­mum el­e­gance by in­tro­duc­ing Poltrona Frau® and Al­can­tara leather lin­ing, the gear­box, steer­ing wheel and ped­als in forged alu­minum, with back sports seats with car­bon-fiber backs an op­tional ex­tra; so the four seats in the Gran­tur­ismo and Gran­cabrio of­fer unique com­fort thanks to in­di­vid­ual seat­ing and in­te­grated head­rests.

Also stan­dard is the cen­ter con­sole, made lighter thanks to a dras­tic re­duc­tion in the num­ber of but­tons, while the lower con­sole has been re­designed to ac­com­mo­date a dual easy-to-use ro­tary se­lec­tor, now stan­dard on all Maserati mod­els: a com­po­nent cre­ated from forged alu­minum and po­si­tioned close to the gear lever, while the push­but­ton driv­ing mode has been moved in front of the lever. Any drive can­not pro­vide com­plete en­joy­ment if safety is an is­sue.

It is well known that in mat­ters of trust Maserati does not mess around: Driv­ing the Gran­tur­ismo and Gran­cabrio, the sta­bil­ity of the ve­hi­cle is con­stantly mon­i­tored by the elec­tronic MSP sys­tem and the Maserati Sta­bil­ity Pro­gram (MSP), an ad­vanced elec­tronic sys­tem that in case of skid­ding, re­duces the torque and acts on the brakes by sta­bi­liz­ing the car in a few mil­lisec­onds of sec­ond. Maserati has pro­duced over 37,000 Gran­tur­ismo and Gran­cabrio mod­els in its his­toric fac­tory on viale Ciro Menotti in Mo­dena, con­firm­ing the good state of health of this Ital­ian brand.

Stefano Valen­tini

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