Maserati GranSport to be Unveiled
at Australian International Motor Show
8th September, 2004
The latest addition to the Maserati range is the Maserati GranSport, a new model celebrating the concept of sportiness at the heart of all Maserati Grand Tourers. The Gransport will make its southern hemisphere debut at the Australian Internation Motor Show on 7th October. The new car, which joins the Quattroporte, Coupé and Spyder in the Maserati range, will be priced from $242,500 plus on-road costs.
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 Coupé, and as such, has been treated to series of new enhancements that give it a very powerful temperament indeed.
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 over-steer and improved front-wheel drivability and precision make it very easy to handle and ensure that drivers will be able to really put it and themselves through their paces in complete safety. Work on the new model’s aerodynamics has led to the addition of new bumpers. The front bumper has a very pronounced lower spoiler with side bars elegantly integrated into the body itself, while the boot lid has been given a discreet yet equally efficient spoiler 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.
A stress-bearing steel monocoque with both the external panels and box-section superstructure are galvanised-coated on both sides, two-door coupé, 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.
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.
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 acceleration control.
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 hisher 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 that 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.
|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|
|Weight:||184 kg||Length:||4523 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 89 km/h.|
|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|