Maserati comes with Special Edition of GranTurismo and GranCabrio

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.

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Camal Studio Tributo announced

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Whenever you think of Italy, the first few things that come to your mind are pasta, cars, and fashion. But once you dive a little deeper, you’re going to realize that the country also has a rich auto design house industry. Whether its Bertone, Pininfarina, Touring or Zagato or other coachbuilders and design studios, Italy has loads of them to call its own.

Stylistic influence is born from the famous Ghibli, Bora and Kashmin, and creates a new interpretation of ‘Trident’ grand touring. The Fastback body was a natural choice for underlining the sporting character of the brand. Our intention was to merge a strong character with the essential characteristics of quality, comfort and elegance, that are typical of Maserati.

Alessandro Camorali, Camal founder

One of the younger design studios in that part of the world is Camal Studio. We say ‘young’ because it’s only been around for five years. But in that span Camal produced some pretty interesting concepts, including the retro-stoked Fiat 500 Marcia Corta (‘Short Gear’ in Italian). This year, Camal Studio is back to present another one of its concepts, called the Tributo. The team that worked on the project is comprised of Alessio Minchella, a freelance designer and teacher at the IED Turin school, Alessandro Camorali, Camal founder, and Paolo Garella who developed the idea behind the Tributo.

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Maserati-GranTurismo-Camal-Studio-Tributo-06The car is based on the – original Pininfarina designed – Maserati GranTurismo, which shouldn’t come as a surprise because it imbibes everything of what constitutes a fantastic Italian GT. You’re going to notice the inspiration off the bat, too, particularly the sculptural lines, the extended wheel arches, and the aggressive front profile of the Tributo. It takes the shape of a fastback, which isn’t what you’d call the Gran Turismo, but the clean yet sophisticated way the Tributo was designed will certainly make its Italian counterpart proud.

Tributo is made in the best coachbuilding tradition, with the addition of modern days technology. Technically, the car has retained its basic features, but the choice of materials for bodywork has decreased the weight and improved performance.

Starting up front, the Tributo has a controversial fascia with new headlights and a redesigned bumper. Moving further back we can see ventilated front fenders, revised side skirts and protruding wheel arches that recall Maserati models from the 60’s and 70’s. Lastly, at the rear, there’s a fastback roof that terminates at an upright bumper which incorporates a rear diffuser and a center-mounted dual exhaust system.

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According to Camal, the Tributo will also be powered by the same 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 443 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 185 mph.

The car is currently under development. It is not 100% certain if the model will remain a one-off prototype or several examples will be built. Camal Studio says that “the Tributo is created either as a one-off, or in a limited run. Several options for enhancement engine are available to suit client requirements”.  As in most cases, everything depends on interest and, of course, money.

Come into the wonderful world of Camal Studio.