Maserati celebrates 60 years since the 3500 GT was unveiled. The party comes in the form of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio Special Edition, the production run is limited to 400 units.
60 years ago, Maserati presented the 3500 GT, the car of which the GranTurismo is a distant descendant. Maserati is celebrating the GT’s anniversary with the GranTurismo and GranCabrio Special Edition.
The Special Edition is available in a special color, the three-layer paint New Rosso Italiano. The 20-inch wheels are finished in high-gloss black and fitted with special hub caps. Carbon fiber accents, including in the bumpers, are also part of the Special Edition.
The interior is decorated with a choice of leather upholstery from Poltrona Frau or a combination of leather and Alcantara. The stitching is available in different contrasting colours. Special Edition lettering, a plaque on the center tunnel and carbon fiber elements complete the decoration.
When the hood is opened, we see a 460 hp 4.7 liter V8 engine, coming from the Ferrari warehouse. Depending on the transmission selected, the top speed is 298 km/h (MC Auto Shift) or exactly 300 km/h (MC Shift). This also applies to the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h: 4.7 sec. (manual) and 4.8 sec. (vending machine).
The 87th Geneva Motor Show is the unveiling location for this special edition. In total, Maserati will produce 400 copies, so the Special Edition can safely be called exclusive. The price of the Special Edition has not yet been announced, but you can already reserve it.
Maserati unveiled the GranTurismo MC Stradale at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and two years later, the company is bringing the MC Stradale package back, but it’s the GranCabrio that will benefit from its features.
Cut off the roof and put a soft top om a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and you get the new GranCabrio MC, which Maserati say completes their open-top range.
The GranCabrio MC measures 48 millimeters longer than the standard GranCabrio and will adopt a highly sporty and aggressive look. Its front end was inspired by the coupe version of the MC Stradale, while the rear gets a large spoiler, with the third brake light built into the luggage compartment inside the spoiler.
Maserati haven’t officially released engine and performance specs yet, but if it has the same engine as the MC Stradale, it will have a 4.7-litre V8 with 460hp and 520Nm (383 lb ft) of torque – sending its power through a quick-shifting six-speed automated manual transmission to the rear wheels.
Maserati is set to give its GranCabrio a touch of extra performance with this, the GranCabrio Sport.
The GranCabrio Sport will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on 1 March in just over a week’s time, and will get the same engine found in the GranTurismo MC Stradale, a 4.7 litre naturally aspirated V8 producing 450 hp and 510 nm of torque (about 376 lb ft). Top speed is quoted at 285 km/h (178 mph) while fuel consumption is said to have gone down by 6 per cent.
The engine is connected to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission though rather than the sequential manual found in the MC Stradale. However, the Italian carmaker claims the automatic transmission still gives quick gearchanges thanks to using the same superfast software found in the Quattroporte Sport GTS’ gearbox.
Maserati has done work to improve handling as well, the Skyhook adaptive suspension has been revised, while the brake system consists of dual-cast discs that are grooved and drilled.
The Maserati GranCabrio Sport will go on sale in the summer. Come into the beautiful world of Maserati.