The Maserati Gran Turismo is a 2+2 coupe, introduced in 2007 at the Geneva Motor Show. The basic offering’s power came from a 4.2-liter, 259-cubic-inch V8 of Ferrari design and produced 405 PS (298 kW; 399 hp). It bolted to a ZF automatic six-speed transmission. This GT (Grand Tourer) had a double wishbone front suspension with a multi-link in the rear to help produce “comfort in harmony with speed and driver enjoyment.”
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Maserati produced the S version between 2008 and 2012, but North American saw only the 2009 edition. This model comes with fixed-setting, steel damper suspension with a skyhook-adaptive suspension available as an option. The “S” engine was 4.7-liter, 286.3-cubic-inch V8 that produced 440 PS (324 hp; 434 kW) at 7000 rpm and came equipped with a robotic, six-speed sequential semi-automatic transmission. From 2009 to 2012, the “S” was also available with the “ZF” fully automatic, six-speed and also had under-door rocker skirts, 20-inch rims, and Bluetooth wireless as well as iPod interface as standard equipment.
The limited-production Gran Turismo Concept MC was an offer in 2009 and 2010; that version had six-point seat belts, a large fuel tank, and carbon fiber shocks, while the driver did the braking with large rotors, six-piston calipers in front and four-piston calipers in the rear stopping the 18-inch wheels.
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Maserati introduced a sport model of the GT MC Concept called the Gran Turismo MC Sport line in 2009, which is still available in showrooms. The Sport has carbon fiber (CF) spoilers front and rear, CF mirror housings, and CF door handles. The interior also liberally uses CF for the steering wheel rim, paddle shifters, instrument panel, dash, and door panels. The included handling package has the custom Maserati Stability program software, stiffer springs, heavy-duty shocks, and a lower profile. The software portion of the package went into all Maserati automobiles in 2009.
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The Granturismo S version replaced the “S” model in 2012 with the same 4.7L engine but somewhat modified and produced 460 PS (338 kW; 454 hp). The other newly integrated features include a unique front fascia, revised headlights, and the ZF six-speed became standard equipment and the six-speed sequential an option. Newly styled seats and a sportier steering wheel round it out.
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In 2010, Maserati announced the future release of the GT-MC McStradale, limited-edition, two-seater variation, featuring the 4.7L engine that produced 450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp). The engine has a diamond-like coating on high wear engine components such as the cams and followers. This engine was also 110kg lighter than its predecessors and had the same fuel consumption as earlier versions. The featured transmission was the robotized six-speed, which the operator can change from the normal mode to a manual shift mode; this change automatically affects the suspension, traction, and even the engine sound.
The McStradale comes with two splits in the hood, a front splitter, and rear air dam with all working together to produce more down-force and better aerodynamics. This was the first GT model to achieve 300 km/h and has a claimed top speed of 303 km/h (188 mph). The Brembo braking and the carbon-fiber rotors (60 percent lighter than steel) stop the 20-inch rims with custom-made Pirelli extra wide PZero tires. So equipped, the stopping distance is only 33 meters from 100 km/h.