|The Trident expands its range with the Maserati GranSport
The latest addition to the Maserati range is the Maserati GranSport,
a new model celebrating the concept of sportiness at the heart of
all of the Trident’s Grand Tourers, due to be unveiled to the world
for the first time at Geneva’s International Motor Show. The new
car, which joins the Coupй and Spyder in the Maserati range, goes
on sale next summer. The GranSport’s name alone suggests its eager
thoroughbred GT spirit, the kind of spirit that can provide plenty
of fun on demand for the driver. The GranSport name also has a special
symbolic significance for the Trident as it was first used in the
1950s for an elegant two-litre coupe designed by the Carozzeria
Frua on the base of the famous A6 G.
The new GranSport, however, is designed to offer an exciting alternative
to the current Coupй, and as such, has been treated to series of
new enhancements that give it a very powerful temperament indeed.
AN AERODYNAMIC THOROUGHBRED
The Maserati GranSport’s harmonious volumes are beautifully combined
with more muscular, aerodynamic forms, the fruit of much testing
in the wind tunnel aimed at improving the Cx value and achieving
a balanced division of the vertical loads (Cz) between the front
and rear axles. The result is that the Maserati GranSport has a
Cx of 0.33, one of the very best in its category. An almost total
absence of oversteer and improved front-wheel drivability and precision
make it very easy to handle too and ensure that drivers will be
able to really put it and themselves through their paces in complete
Work on the new model’s aerodynamics has led to the addition of
newbumpers. The front one, in fact, has a very pronounced lower
spoiler with side bars elegantly integrated into the body itself,
while the luggage compartment deck has been given a discreet yet
equally efficientspoiler lip. The new aerodynamic features associated
with the fact that the set-up is now 10 mm lower, result in a two
point improvement in the Cx value and translate into clear benefits
for the driver. In fact, the Maserati GranSport offers a truly blistering
drive, thanks to its direct, precise steering and excellent stability
at high speeds.
The traditional Trident elegance is there too in the classic chrome
grille reminiscent of the Quattroporte’s. The grilles over the air
vents on the rear bumper are chrome too. The Maserati GranSport’s
sporty look is completed by new 19” wheels inspired by the ones
sported by the cars in the Maserati Trofeo Championship, with spokes
forming a very attractive Trident.
400 HP V8 ENGINE
The Maserati GranSport’s normally aspirated 4,244 cm3 V8 has all
the structure of the most advanced racing engines with dry sump
lubrication and twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank with four
valves per cylinder hydraulic tappets. The intake cams also feature
variable phase timing.
Its maximum power delivery has been upped from the original 390
hp to 400 hp too, thanks to special development work to reduce internal
attrition and careful work on the intake manifolds and valve seats.
The engine has been combined with a sports exhaust system that is
instantly recognisable, thanks to the unusual design of its twin
chrome exhausts and was designed to give enthusiasts that instantly
recognisable deep, full-bodied rumble. Thanks to an electronically
controlled pneumatic valve system, even more can be made of the
exhaust by pressing the “Sport“ button on the central console too.
The Maserati GranSport is available only with the six-speed electro-hydraulic
transmission in which the gears are changed using paddles mounted
behind the steering wheel, a feature that further enhances the car’s
sporty personality. The Cambiocorsa systems allows drivers to choose
between various gear shifting modes (Normal, Sport, Automatic and
Low Grip), and in the case of the Maserati GranSport , is controlled
by specific software. Even with respect to already very highly developed
Coupй Cambiocorsa system, the Sport mode in the GranSport offers
35% faster gear changing on average and also boasts automatic heeling
and toeing to make dropping down a gear even faster. Thanks to the
new Cambiocorsa software, the Maserati GranSport can sprint a whole
kilometre from standstill in a breathtaking 23 seconds flat.
The gear shift ratios are specific too, with the adoption of a
sixth gear that is 5% longer, which, in combination with its more
powerful engine and improved aerodynamics, allows the Maserati GranSport
to improve on the already blistering speeds of the Coupй, delivering
a dizzying top speed of 290 Km/h.
As with the other models in the Maserati range, the driver can
choose between two levels of gear changing. Normal mode is more
comfortable and typical of Grand Tourer driving, while with a touch
of the Sport button on the central console they get to feel the
true power of the car. The Sport mode delivers much faster gear
changing, a deeper exhaust sound and less invasive use of the MSP
stability and traction control system. The optional Skyhook suspension
system, which offers continuous damping control, is also affected
by the driver’s choice of Normal or Sport modes. For more comfort-oriented
driving, there is even an Auto button which puts the gears in full
automatic mode so that the driver need do nothing more than sit
back enjoy the thrilling experience of driving a Maserati. However,
the Sport function can still be activated in this mode.
Needless to say, the Maserati GranSport boasts all of the many
excellent technological and safety features offered by the Maserati
Grand Tourers, but with some very important refinements. The car
has the same sophisticated set-up as the Coupй Cambiocorsa: a Transaxle
layout with the gearbox rear-mounted in unit with the differential,
stability and traction control (MSP) integrating ABS, ASR, MSR and
EBD functions, which the driver can deactivate if desired, independent
front and rear suspension with double wishbone geometry, which can
be integrated with the Skyhook system on request, the Skyhook adaptive
damping system which instantly adapts the damper calibrations to
suit the driving and road conditions and allows the driver to choose
between two different settings (Normal and Sport).
The fact that the set-up has been lowered by 10 mm and the adoption
of the 19” wheels and tyres with a specific profile (front 235/35
19”, rear 265/30 19”), characterised by a smaller slip angle, have
lowered the centre of gravity and hardened the set-up of Maserati
GranSport, making it even more agile and responsive to the steering
The Brembo brakes with alloy titanium-coloured four-piston callipers
with differentiated diameters and large ventilated cross-drilled
discs (front 330 mm; rear310 mm), also further enhance the dynamic
characteristics of the car.
INTERIOR: ELEGANCE AND FUNCTION
The GranSport’s interior reflects its brilliant personality both
in terms of aesthetics and functionality, yet also exudes the elegant
good taste and luxurious comfort of a Trident Grand Tourer. The
dashboard, body-hugging seats, tunnel, thick rimmed steering wheel,
impressive materials (leather, carbon fibre, alloy, high tech fabric)
all combine to create an attractively sporty ambience too.
The Maserati GranSport’s dashboard boasts excellent specialist
trim and central console options. The upper part of the dash is
trimmed in leather, while the central area, framed by the car-coloured
piping strip, is trimmed in a special high tech fabric originally
developed for nautical use and available in Nero (Black), Grigio
Nickel (Nickel Grey) or Blu Metal (Metal Blue). This is a double
layered material which is not only very attractive but also non-slip
and extremely hard-wearing, making it ideal for trimming the central
area of sports seats and the lower rim of the steering wheel.
The front seats are designed for high lateral containment, and
guarantee maximum driver contact with the car for perfect control.
They were developed with the help of the Maserati test drivers in
line with the strictest ergonomic principles with the aim of combining
sporty characteristics and excellent seat comfort for perfect, long
distance driving. This is why the seats are also fully power adjustable
and can, on request, be supplied with a heating option and memorised
settings on the driver’s side.
The carbon, leather-trimmed tunnel separates the two front seats.
It contains the Cambiocorsa control selector and the secondary commands,
each one of which is set into an elegant chrome surround.
The main control buttons, including the blue Start button, on the
other hand, are grouped together on the central console near the
driver. The climate control and CD player buttons are also set in
a carbon feature on the central console.
Any driver lucky enough to get his hands on the three-spoke steering
wheel of the Maserati GranSport will appreciate the work that has
been done to mould the rim (trimmed in perforated leather, carbon
and technical fabric) to offer improved ergonomic grip. All of the
car’s functions are arranged on the instrument binnacle which boasts
sporty white graphics on a Maserati navy blue background.
The Maserati GranSport is available in the six sportiest colours
in the Maserati range, each one of which can be combined with various
interior options. Owners can choose from the classic Giallo Granturismo
(Grand Tourer Yellow) and Rosso Mondiale (World Championship Red)
or, alternatively between the metallic Nero Carbonio (Carbon Black),
Blu Mediterraneo (Mediterranean Blue) and Grigio Touring (Touring
Grey). The sixth colour choice recently added to the range is Bianco
Fuji (Fuji White), an original pearl white with the unusual depth
typical of three-coat pearlescent paints. This is the starting point
from which the Officine Alfieri Maserati programme can be used to
include a vast array of other personalisation options regarding
the colours of the interior trim leather, fabric as well as technical
or comfort-oriented features, such as: Xenon headlights, Skyhook
suspension, Mercury Grey and Ball-Polished options for the wheels,
carbon interior and exterior components, GPS and GSM telephone module
controlled from the radio unit, and a six-disc CD Changer, to mention
but a few.
Technical Specifications of the Maserati GranSport
A stress-bearing steel monocoque with both the external panels
and box-section superstructure are galvanised-coated on both sides,
two-door coupй, four seater, longitudinal front engine, rear wheel
drive. Cx 0.33.
Chassis made from high resistance galvanised steel with a rear
tubular sub-chassis to support the suspension and gearbox, and a
front tubular sub-chassis to support the suspension and engine.
Front: double wishbones with arms and hubs in forged aluminium;
progressive rate steel dampers or optional continuously variable
aluminium gas dampers with adaptive damping and acceleration sensors
on each wheel (Skyhook system), co-axial coils and springs.
Rear: double wishbones with arms and hubs in forged aluminium,
additional radius arm to control toe-in; progressive rate steel
dampers or optional continuously variable aluminium gas dampers
with adaptive damping and acceleration sensors on each wheel (Skyhook
system), co-axial coils and springs.
19” Trofeo-design alloy wheels; front 8J x 19, rear 9.5J x 19 Tyres,
front 235/35 ZR19, rear 265/30 ZR19
Brembo braking system with four cross-drilled ventilating discs.
Front 330 mm x 32 mm, rear 310 mm x 28 mm; alloy four-pot callipers
with differentiated diameter: front 46- 38 mm with ceramic insulating
seals; rear 34-30 mm. Brake pads: Ferodo HP1000
Bosch 5.7 four-channel anti-lock braking system.
Electronically controlled braking corrector (EBD).
Transaxle architecture with longitudinal Maserati gearbox rigidly
connected to the engine. Mechanical six-speed Cambiocorsa transmission
with electro-hydraulic operation and electronic management operated
by paddles behind the steering wheel., triple cone synchronisers
1st and 2nd, and double cone on 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th.
Gear shift ratios: 1st 3.286; 2nd 2.158; 3rd1.609; 4th 1.269; 5th
1.034; 6th 0.816; Reverse 2.733. Asymmetrical limited-slip differential
(25% under acceleration, 45% on lift-off), hypoid bevel gear pair,
final drive 3.73 (11/41).
Dry twin-plate clutch, diameter 215 mm (8.46 in) with flexible
couplings and hydraulic control.
Steel 20 mm driveshaft flexibly supported on four bearings in an
engine-gearbox connection pipe.
Maserati Stability Programme (MSP) stability control with Bosch
ASR, MSR and ABS.
90° V8, crankcase and cylinder heads in hardened aluminium silicon
alloy. Crankshaft in refined forged steel, balanced individually
on five main bearings.
Chain-driven twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank command four
valves per cylinder with hydraulic tappets.
Dry sump lubrication in unit with cooling pump.
Bosch integrated ignition-injection system, electronic drive-by-wire
Weight: 184 kg
Displacement: 4244 cm3
Bore: 92 mm
Stroke: 79.8 mm
Compression ratio: 11.1:1
Max. power output: 295 kW (400 CV*)
Engine speed at max. power output: 7000 rpm
Peak torque: 451 Nm (46 kgm)
Engine speed at peak torque: 4500 rpm
Max. permitted engine speed: 7600 rpm
Cooling circuit capacity: 11.5 l
Lubrication circuit capacity: 10.5 l
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
Length: 4523 mm
Width: 1822 mm
Height: 1295 mm
Wheelbase: 2660 mm
Front track: 1525 mm
Rear track: 1538 mm
Front overhang: 963 mm
Rear overhang: 900 mm
Turning circle: 12 m
Boot capacity: 315 l
Fuel tank capacity: 88 l
Dry weight: 1580 kg
Kerb weight: 1680 kg
Maximum technically permitted: 2060 kg
Top speed: 290 km/h (at 7550 rpm)
Speed at max. revs.: in 1st 72 km/h, in 2nd 110 km/h, in 3rd 147
km/h, in 4th 187 km/h, in 5th 230 km/h in 6th 290 km/h; in Reverse
0 to 100 km/h acceleration: 4.85 s
0 to 200 km/h acceleration: 17.4 s
0-400 metres acceleration: 12.8 s
0-1000 metres acceleration: 23 s
*For reasons of homogeneity, engine power is expressed in kW, in
accordance with the International System of Units (SI), and CV (cavalli
= horse power). The brake horse power (bhp) can be calculated as
follows: 1 kW = 1.34 bhp
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and products may differ in some respects due to manufacturing demands.
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