· And New GranTurismo Convertible Sport at Gala TriBeCa Event
· Maserati Welcomes to Market Two New Examples of Performance, Luxury, Style and Craftsmanship
Maserati North America is proud to welcome two important new offerings for North America: the Maserati GranTurismo MC- the first Maserati Corse (Maserati racing department) car tailored specifically for the North American market, and the GranTurismo Convertible Sport- a more finely tuned performance version of the highly successful four-seat GranTursimo Convertible. The two new arrivals will make their debut at the new Maserati retail facility in the stylish TriBeCa section of Manhattan.
Maserati has custom-developed the GranTurismo MC to provide North American customers the increased power, intuitive handling and aerodynamic gains of the European GranTurismo MC Stradale, while presenting a car that maintains four-seat practicality and everyday driving performance via the MC Shift controlled ZF 6-speed Automatic transmission.
Powered by the latest development of the Maserati 4.7-liter all-alloy V8, this higher-output engine delivers 444 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 376 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm. With a top speed of 185 mph and a 0-60 time of just 4.8 seconds, the GranTurismo MC is the fastest production Maserati vehicle available in North America.
Maserati has made the engine more responsive, more powerful and more efficient, thanks to a comprehensive “friction reduction program” including Diamond-Like-Coating of high friction parts inside the valve train. The new lighter exhaust system also plays a part in helping the GranTurismo MC to achieve its seemingly conflicting goals of a six percent improvement in fuel economy and even-better responsiveness. Like the GranTurismo MC Trofeo race car and European MC Stradale, the exhaust path is shortened with two large diameter outlets, connected to a bypass valve that enriches and intensifies the engine note, exiting through the center of the rear bumper.
The GranTurismo MC is equipped with a race-bred aerodynamic package that generates increased aerodynamic down force at higher speed without increasing the drag and enabling a higher top speed. The GranTurismo MC also comes standard with a single-rate suspension set up that better controls damping and improves lateral grip.
GranTurismo Convertible Sport
In 2010, Maserati introduced the first four-seat convertible in the company’s 97 year history: the GranTurismo Convertible , an immensely solid and spacious machine - with 4.7 liters of V-8 power and a high level of equipment. Given intense customer interest in an even more sport-oriented version –Maserati is proud to present the GranTurismo Convertible Sport.
The performance and driving dynamics of the Convertible Sport is enhanced through major upgrades to everything that touches the driver. From the changes to the standard adaptive Sport Skyhook suspension, to the MC Shift automatic with rev-matched downshifting heard via the sport exhaust system and aerodynamic-improving exterior changes, the GT Convertible Sport offers the sharpest performing version convertible for the driving enthusiast with the ability for three passengers to partake in the excitement.
The new Convertible Sport is equipped with the latest Maserati sport exhaust system, as found on the GranTurismo S model and Quattroporte Sport GTS, producing a free-flowing sport sound that stirs the soul. Also, as found on the GranTurismo S model – the Convertible Sport will be delivered with a new front aerodynamic fascia, side skirts and dark look trim and headlamps, as well as body-colored door handles.
The Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport and the GranTurismo MC are on sale now and will arrive in North America beginning August 2011.