This week, Maserati have shown us what their next Quattroporte sedan will look like, and it is set for a public debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January.
In terms of design, there is a resemblance to the GranTurismo range at the front, while the rest of the body uses a more modern design. The interior has new features as well, such as: a new steering wheel, a new gear lever, a new touchscreen interface, etc.
The 2012 Paris Motor Show is currently the place to be if you want you to see how exciting the future of motoring is going to be. You have the usual mix of concept cars, new car debuts, etc. But after looking at what the show has to offer, SOC has come up with a list of cars that stand out more than others.
Put a soft top on a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and you get the new GranCabrio MC, which Maserati say completes their open-top range.
Maserati haven’t officially released engine and performance specs yet, but if it has the same engine as the MC Stradale, it will have a 4.7-litre V8 with 460hp and 520Nm (383 lb ft) of torque – sending its power through a quick-shifting six-speed automated manual transmission to the rear wheels. The GranCabrio MC measures 48mm longer than the regular GranCabrio, while other exterior differences include the rear spoiler and an optional carbon finish paint.
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show is anything but short of exciting new cars. There are far too many cool cars to have them all posted here, but with more than 100 photos, it's more than just a taste of what the show has to offer. Make sure you come back next week for the ultimate standouts of the show.
Maserati is set to give its GranCabrio a touch of extra performance with this, the GranCabrio Sport.
The GranCabrio Sport will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on 1 March in just over a week’s time, and will get the same engine found in the GranTurismo MC Stradale, a 4.7 litre naturally aspirated V8 producing 450 hp and 510 nm of torque (about 376 lb ft). Top speed is quoted at 285 km/h (178 mph) while fuel consumption is said to have gone down by 6 per cent.
The engine is connected to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission though rather than the sequential manual found in the MC Stradale. However, Maserati claims the automatic transmission still gives quick gearchanges thanks to using the same superfast software found in the Quattroporte Sport GTS' gearbox.
Maserati has done work to improve handling as well, the Skyhook adaptive suspension has been revised, while the brake system consists of dual-cast discs that are grooved and drilled.
The GranCabrio Sport will go on sale in the summer.
Last week, Maserati revealed the race ready version of its Gran Turismo, the Gran Turismo MC. Designed to compete in the GT4 European Cup, it comes complete with a stripped out interior, modified bodywork, a much louder 4.7l V8, and a faster shifting version of the MC Shift gearbox. Since last week, Maserati have finally released a video of its new MC racer going round the Paul Ricard circuit. We can't wait to see it go head to head against the other GT4 machines.