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    Maserati Coupe GransSport at Geneva....

    The coupe's proportions have always looked somewhat funny to me, but I gotta say that this is pretty nice! Almost like Ferrari's Challange Stradale in a way.


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    From Maserait.com:

    The latest addition to the Maserati range is the Maserati GranSport.

    It is 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 Coupé 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 coupé 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.

    This is 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 safety. Work on the new model's aerodynamics has led to the addition of new fenders. The front one, in fact, has a very pronounced lower spoiler with side bars elegantly integrated into the body itself, while the luggage compartment has been given a discreet yet equally efficient nolder.

    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 fender 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.

    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, aerodynamically-styled steering wheel, impressive materials (leather, carbon, 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 lining strip, is trimmed in a special high tech fabric originally developed for nautical use and available in Grigio Nickel (Nickel Grey), Blu Metal (Metal Blue) or Nero Corsa (Racing Black). 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 Cambiacorsa control selector and the secondary commands, each one of which is set into an elegant chrome surround.

    The main control buttons, including the navy Start button, on the other hand, are grouped together on the central console near the driver.

    The climate control and single 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.

    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 Coupé 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 wheel.

    The Brembo brakes with alloy titanium-coloured four-piston callipers with differentiated diameters and large ventilated cross-drilled discs (front 330 mm; rear 310 mm), also further enhance the dynamic characteristics of the car.

    Re: Maserati Coupe GransSport at Geneva....

    Unmistakeably Italian!

    Re: Maserati Coupe GransSport at Geneva....

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    W8MM said:
    Unmistakeably Italian!



    Viva Italia!

    fritz

    Re: Maserati Coupe GransSport at Geneva....

    OH MY GOD! That's my car! Incredible attention to detail. I love it!

    Re: Maserati Coupe GransSport at Geneva....

    I like the side profile and the interior but the rear end looks like the mid-90's Honda Prelude, which also had a bulbous rear. (it may be the shape of the lights)

    Re: Maserati Coupe GransSport at Geneva....

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    SoCalHoosier said:
    I like the side profile and the interior but the rear end looks like the mid-90's Honda Prelude, which also had a bulbous rear. (it may be the shape of the lights)



    Now that you say that, you're right!, it does look like a Preulde! Whats happened to the italians?!?!

     
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