New GranTurismo variant replaces the S and is set to become Maserati's best-seller

Maserati is replacing its best-selling Maserati GranTurismo S model with a new Sport variant. The GranTurismo Sport, revealed here at the Geneva motor show, gets a revised, 454bhp 4.7-litre V8 engine, which gives the model a 186mpg top speed and a 0-62mph time of 4.7sec.

Two transmissions choices will be offered on the Sport. The standard gearbox is a six-speed torque converter automatic, while a six-speed sequential manual transaxle ’box comes as an option. The latter has steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a feature that’s optional with the auto ’box.

See the official pics of the new Maserati GranTurismo Sport

To distinguish the Sport from the outgoing S, the model receives a restyled front bumper that’s claimed to optimise airflow for both engine and brake cooling. There are also new front headlights and LED daytime running lights fitted as standard, while the rear lights have been replaced and some dark trim has been added. Inside, the steering wheel is new; revised front seats liberate an extra 20mm of headroom.

Pricing has yet to be revealed, but the Sport is likely to cost around £90,000 when the car reaches the UK in September. The standard 4.2-litre V8 GranTurismo and the hardcore MC Stradale variants continue unchanged.

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20 February 2012

a choice of 2 automatic gearboxes now. Is there no one left who can afford to spend more than £50,000 on a car still got the use of their left leg?

Its such a good looking car too, not that i would/could spend £90k on one

20 February 2012

[quote Autocar]...the model receives a restyled front bumper...optimise airflow...new front headlights and LED daytime running lights...the rear lights have been replaced...the front seats and steering wheel are new...[/quote] Blah blah blah. Don't care, not interested. Needless titivating. As long as it sounds the same, I'm completely smitten. Blue one please, with red leather interior.

  • Let depreciation be your friend...

20 February 2012

Like all Maserati's I am sure it will be full of flaws but full of character and a wonderful thing to behold.

Have to agree with Artill though, does no body want a manual gearbox anymore?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

Like all Maserati's I am sure it will be full of flaws but full of character and a wonderful thing to behold.

Have to agree with Artill though, does no body want a manual gearbox anymore?

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Appears not, id say true enthusiasts like our selves would but for the people buying these, perhaps buying them for the image and not the driving experience, want autos.

20 February 2012

Teg Type R. Have to agree with Artill though, does nobody want a manual gearbox anymore?[/quote You do and so do I. But then I don't have a spare £90K to spend on a car, however much I want one. People with that amount of surplus disposable income probably also employ people to go the the gym in their place. I mean to say, all that left hand exercise; it's not natural is it?

20 February 2012

Think you may all be missing the point with this gearbox business. Cars like these, DBs, Bentley Contis etc etc, are meant to stick on the train to France and then drive to Monaco in one lunge. Not for doing 40 miles changing up and down gear for the fun of it. If you can afford one of these you can also afford a Seven for raw motoring thrills - or, much better and more fun, an old FF1600 for Champion of Brands/Oulton/Snetterton local race series. Then you can really see if you are any good, have fun changing gears - rather than worrying about what other people do with their left hands. Who knows you might even start going to the gym a bit more, drink a bit less, meet new people and learn something about yourselves……….

20 February 2012

[quote johnfaganwilliams]missing the point [/quote] How many people do you know who have an expensive GT car also run a track oriented car? Not many I guess. You don't need a gearbox to drive on a French Payage, only when you come to your destination. Then driving from your hotel to your yacht in a town centre is not the ideal place for four wheel drifts. People who buy these cars are fat cats who like status symbols and are not typical visitors to this forum.

20 February 2012

[quote artill]Is there no one left who can afford to spend more than £50,000 on a car still got the use of their left leg[/quote]

I know there is no market for manuals in cars of this price, thats why they dont make them, but look at the older versions of cars of this type on the second hand market where manuals were available, but usually not chosen. The few manuals now generally command much more on the second hand market as people buying second hand more often would choose a manual, but because they dont make them anymore there wont be anything for the second hand buyer in 5 or 10 years time. which is sad, because that could be me.

20 February 2012

The car the Porsche 911 wishes it was. An absolute gem.

20 February 2012

[quote The Special One] The car the Porsche 911 wishes it was. An absolute gem.[/quote] WHAT?

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