Anderson Germany tunes sinister Maserati Gran Turismo S ‘Black Edition’

August 1st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The standard Maserati GranTurismo S is one mean-looking machine and most mere mortals would take it straight from the factory. But that hasn’t stopped tuning firm Anderson Germany from offering owners the chance to go a little meaner again.

The German workshop has created a line of performance and styling upgrades for the Italian car and called the complete package the Superior Black Edition.

The Maserati gets a carbon-fibre body kit that includes a new bonnet, side mirrors and tailgate as well as the side air intakes. The lights have been smoked out and the entire body is wrapped in a silky matt black coating. Filling the wheel guards are new 21-inch alloy wheels finished in gloss black and wrapped in low profile tyres. The suspension has also been lowered.

In the cabin the black theme continues with plenty of carbon-fibre trim along with a mix of black leather and alcantara trim with red stitching. There’s also an upgraded infotainment system. Continue reading “Anderson Germany tunes sinister Maserati Gran Turismo S ‘Black Edition’” »

Maserati details ambitious plans for new model range

July 28th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Maserati has detailed its ambitious plans to shift up a gear and increase annual sales to 50,000 units. There are new products that will push the growth with concepts scheduled to debut at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show.

What Maserati expect to become its volume seller is an all-new entry-level sedan (code-named the M157) it may be launched as early as next year and will compete directly with the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class. Expect luxury appointment on the inside but a Chrysler-sourced engine under the bonnet. The rumoured power source is a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 – based on the current Chrysler 3.6-litre V6 and alternatively, a 224 kW 3.0-litre V6 diesel currently shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new sedan is expected to cost between €55,000 to €70,000. Continue reading “Maserati details ambitious plans for new model range” »

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale preview for Paris Motor Show

September 21st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

With the Paris Motor Show getting increasingly closer, the motoring world are preparing themselves for the GranTurismo MC Stradale to make its world premiere. This powerful Maserati machine is claimed to be “the fastest, lightest and most powerful car in the Maserati range” when it is up for sale in the first quarter of 2011.

This strict two-seater model is said to be inspired by the Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the race-winning GT4 motorsport models. This machine features a more powerful version of the Ferrari-sourced V8 producing 450HP.

Maserati has said the car will provide, “razor-sharp handling and will break the 300km/h barrier”, this can be achieved through the reworked body that also produces more aerodynamic down force without producing more aerodynamic drag.

No more specific details were given on the new Maserati, but the official photos show a series of styling upgrades including chunkier side skirts, new front end and lower spoiler, a boot lid spoiler, new rear bumper with a diffuser and twin central exhaust pipes.

A full examination can be conducted when it is revealed at this month’s Paris Motor Show.

Ferrari vows to never build four-door vehicle

May 6th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Everyone is doing it, Aston Martin has given it a nudge, Porsche has too and even Lamborghini dabbled with the idea in the form of its Estoque concept. Four-door sportscars is what we’re talking about, and Ferrari just doesn’t want to know about it. In a recent interview Ferrari chief executive Amedeo Felisa said plainly that Ferrari will never follow its rivals in making a four-door model.

The closest we’ll get, points out Felisa, is the Maserati Quattroporte, the successful four-door sports sedan from Ferrari’s sister-company, which is set to get a smaller sibling in the future (read news). The prancing horse once considered the idea of a four-door with the 1980 Pinin concept car (pictured), but that was as close as it has come, with the concept never making it to production.

After it was suggested that Ferrari once vowed it would never build a hybrid or use start-stop technology — both of which are in the works for Maranello currently — Felisa responded that both these measures were required by government regulation, but that nobody can force them to make a sedan.

Maserati to produce new entry-level model

April 23rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

At a press conference in Torino, Italy, this past week, Fiat’s executives discussed their current five year business plan with investors, speaking in length about changes to the Maserati brand.

The big news is that two new models are expected to be released by 2014.

One of the cars is set to debut as a new high-end sedan and it’s to be priced below €55,000 ($102,800 NZ).  This new cheaper model would likely compete against the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, BMW M5, and the Audi S6.

A replacement to the successful Quattroporte will be the second new model. The Italian automaker plans to improve sales of the vehicle by reducing the base price of the car. This price cut could be fairly steep, by as much as €4,500 bringing the ticket price to €86k ($160,000).

For now, Maserati also plans to continue production of both its GranCabrio and GranTurismo vehicles.

Alonso takes delivery of Maserati GranCabrio

March 22nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Following his win for Ferrari in the opening round of the 2010 Formula One World Championship in Bahrain, two-time World Champion, Fernando Alonso, has taken delivery of Maserati’s latest model a Maserati GranCabrio.

From the possible nine million trim and colour combinations available in the Maserati range, the Spanish Formula One driver has chosen a dark shade known as Grigio Granito for the exterior colour in combination with two-tone upholstery of Pearl Beige and Bordeaux leather for the interior and a matching soft top in the same shade of Bordeaux red.

The GranCabrio is the first ever four-seater convertible model for Maserati. It was designed by famous Italian coach-builder Pininfarina and comes with a 4.7 litre V8 boasting 328 kW coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Maserati has already taken more than 25 orders for the GranCabrio from prospective Australian and New Zealand owners, which means that half of these exclusive open top cars allocated to Australia and New Zealand in 2010 are already taken.

Maserati Quattroporte Sport ‘Awards Edition’

February 24th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Maserati have been fairly quiet recently, but that doesn’t mean new vehicles aren’t on the horizon. To keep everyone on their toes, the Italian automaker will be debuting a special version of its winning Quattroporte sedan at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Based on the top-spec Sport GT S model, it’s named the “Awards Edition” and apparently adds an extra touch of exclusivity to the Quattroporte. The exterior is painted in an all-new hue called Quarzo Fuso and also features exterior chrome trim that matches-up with 20-inch Multi Trident wheels. Sitting behind the wheels are a revised set of Brembo brakes, with polished calipers that have a mirror-effect finish.

Inside, Alcantara leather mucks in with brushed aluminum door sills and piano black satin-finish wood moldings.

European customers can order the Quattroporte Sport GT S “Awards Edition” from the second half of this year. Pricing information will be given out on application, but it’s not going to be cheap.

Maserati gets its own Alfa Romeo MiTo

January 29th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Alfa Romeo is building a special version of its Mito and the only way to get a drive is to own a Maserati with the unique version of Mito being produced exclusively for Maserati dealers to use as loan cars.

The special-purpose cars will be styled in Maserati Blu Oceano, and fitted with the new 1.4 125 kW MultiAir turbocharged engine which is set to arrive in New Zealand later this year, making this special Alfa Romeo Mito available to local Maserati dealers.

The cars will be distinguished by their unique color and  also by two other exclusive features: the “Limited Edition” plaque on the dashboard, and the kick plate made from specially treated aluminum, bearing the words Alfa Romeo for Maserati.

This unique Alfa Romeo Mito will also have a series of high-end details, supplied as standard: Pelle Frau upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, leather steering wheel complete with radio and telephone controls, bi-xenon headlights, SatNav, and a hands-free Blue&Me system including a USB port. 18′ alloy wheels, rear spoiler, rear bumper and aluminum pedals are all fitted as standard. All the cars will come with the DNA suspension system, and electronic shock absorber control system.

It’s a tidy machine, but will Maserati owners worldwide be deliberately blowing their engines just to get a ride in one? Possibly not.

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