Maserati GT gets Alfa 8C engine and Geneva debut
26 February 2008

Maserati will be showcasing a new, more powerful GranTurismo at the Geneva motor show. The GranTurismo S will feature the same 4.7-litre V8 as the sold-out Alfa Romeo 8C. This gives it a boost of 35bhp to 434bhp, and an extra 0.4-litres over the standard GT, which was released late last year.The ZF gearbox is also replaced in favour of a fast shifting, dual clutch 'electro-actuated' gearbox arranged in the transaxle layout.Other changes include new Brembo brake system already used in the Quattroporte Sport GT S, which uses iron and aluminium brake discs paired to six-pot callipers.The exterior also gets a more subtle tweak, which includes red highlighted Trident badge, new alloy design and more deeply sculpted sills. The cabin receives a unique leather and Alcantara trim, and new seats.All the updates have been carried out to make the GT more performance focused, and a new gearbox, engine and braking system could certainly do the trick. We'll have to wait until the first drive for the official verdict, but until then we'll have to be satisfied with more details and pictures of the GranTurismo S after its show debut on March 4th.

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26 February 2008

Really like this car but much prefer the excellent (think Jag XF, XK, BMW etc. ) ZF six speed auto to the idea of another crap SMG (think BMW M3, various Maser's). Else do the proper thing and give this car either a manual or Audi style DSG !!!!

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Our Verdict

Maserati GranTurismo

The Maserati GranTurismo has underlying brilliance, marred by frustrating niggles. But it’s the first Maser for an age that you don’t need excuses to buy.

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