Coming Down The Road: 2009 Maserati Gran Turismo S

by Upscale Swagger on May 28, 2008

 

The 2009 Maserati Gran Turismo S looks absolutely beautiful from all angles. BusinessWeek.com has all the scoop on what’s going down under the hood. If your interested in picking one of the bad boys up the price tag starts at $115,000.

 

New 4.7-liter V8 engine with 433 hp

Electro-actuated six-speed gearbox with paddle shifters

Six operating modes: manual normal, sport, sport in MC shift, auto normal, auto sport, and ice

Top speed: 185 mph; zero to 60 in 4.9 seconds

High performance (huge) Bembo brakes

Transaxle layout with weight balance of 47% front, 53% rear equals great handling

Special 20-inch wheels and wheel covers

Dual-level exhaust system

The GranTurismo S’s Pininfarina exterior has a few discreet modifications:

An integrated spoiler on the luggage compartment door

New-design side skirts add to aerodynamics and flow

Big oval exhaust tailpipes

Adjustable exhaust sounds, from race-car deep and throaty on a race track, to subtle and special, like Pavarotti hitting a high C

Grille and headlamp area are black and somewhat mysterious-looking and cool

Inside the GT-S, it’s lush and luxurious:

Fine leather is used throughout: looks great, feels good, even has a nice fragrance

AluTex, an aluminum-coated fiberglass adds a high-tech modern look to the trim

Fully adjustable seats are very comfortable

Fully padded and semi-oval steering wheel is easy to handle

Nice, big paddle shifters are easy to work and add to driving joy

Good-looking, easy-to-work knobs, buttons, and controls

Understandable, quick-to-change (when needed) navigation system

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