The Maserati GranTurismo, a 4-seater luxury coupe, was unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. Admirers of the Italian automaker saw in the new product the features of one of the models of the brand from 1947, which did not mean to adequately evaluate it for its unique technologies and impeccable style. The manufacturer seriously approached the modernization of the technical filling, equipped it with a full range of modern options and slightly modified the design. Some of the innovations have migrated from the Alfieri concept. Striking are the aggressive, elongated headlights with fanciful LED daytime running lights and multiple focusing lens units. The radiator grille is made in the corporate style and flaunts the manufacturer’s logo. It is heavily thinned and consists of many concave, vertically oriented ribs with an elegant chrome border around the contour.
The car’s stern is also pretty impressive. I would like to note a small spoiler on the trunk lid, a chrome trim connecting the brake lights and two massive exhaust pipes. In general, the car received several pleasant cosmetic changes that allowed it to keep up with the times, but, at the same time, did not violate its sophisticated and impetuous image.
Under the hood of the restyled Maserati Gran Turismo is a large V-shaped atmospheric petrol eight with a volume of 4244 cubic centimeters.
Despite the rather simple structure and the absence of a pressurization system, thanks to a short-stroke piston group and a good valve timing mechanism, the engineers managed to squeeze out 405 horsepower at 7100 rpm and 460 Nm of torque at 4750 crankshaft rpm. All power is transmitted to a six-speed automatic variable transmission developed by ZF, and then to the rear wheels. As a result, the coupe breaks down from zero to a hundred in 5.2 seconds and reaches a maximum of about 285 kilometers per hour. With such a volume, you should not rely on efficiency. Fuel consumption will be 21.6 liters of gasoline per hundred kilometers at a city pace, 10 liters during a measured trip on a country road and 14.3 liters of fuel per hundred in a combined driving cycle.
Unfortunately, as Maserati strives to simplify and reduce the cost of its updated model line (only the Sport, MC coupe and convertible top models will remain), all cars now receive a six-speed automatic transmission ZF, mounted directly behind the engine, and not on the gear main gear, like an old semi-automatic unit, which allowed adjusting the weight distribution along the axles in a 50/50 or 49/51 ratio.
“Six-speed” is not a mistake: GT does still use the six-speed ZF version – this is the last car in production, so investing excessive resources in its modernization is simply not practical.