naza-italia-brings-3rd-maserati-variant-granturismo-sport Naza Italia, appointed importers of the Maserati marque since 2009, yesterday introduced the latest Maserati in the form of the GranTurismo Sport to appease Super Sports car enthusiasts in the country. The last Maserati variant to see a domestic release was the GranCabrio at the 2010 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show.

Maserati GranTurismo Sport

At present time, the new Maserati GranTurismo Sport would replace the previous GranTurismo variant and join current range comprising the Quattroporte and GranCabrio, provided Naza Italia still carries them.

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The Maserati GranTurismo Sport stems from the traditions of the GranTurismo; yea something pertinent to the immensely popular Playstation title. It is the most popular variant in the Italian Supercar makers’ history, having sold about 15,000 units globally. Since its entry at the 2007 Geneva Motor show, the world has gone ‘gaga’ over Maserati’s GT rather than the other Maserati four-door and open-top variants. Now, the Sport version offers even more seductive curves from every angle and guaranteed heart-stopping performance and loads of thrills.

An evolution of the GranTurismo S and the GranTurismo S Automatic, the GranTurismo Sport delivers a range of technical features that enhance its sporting character, both inside and out. Its Coupe-like silhouette is meant to portray aerodynamic savvies, coupled with efficient upgrades derived from the MC Stradale conceptualization. Noticeably, the GT Sport’s new headlight, which now features internal technology, has bits like; LED daytime running light for motif reasons, and xenon duster with Adaptive Light Control that works to track the movement of the steering of up to a 15-degree turn radius.

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As the Super Sports car fires up, the rear’s oval exhaust produces an easy, yet fiery sound. It’s the GranTurismo Sport’s natural engine note accentuated by switching on the Sport button. In the Sport-Manual mode, this diverts the exhaust gases down a shorter route to the tips, thus generating a richer and intensified exhaust note.

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Capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in only 4.8 seconds and reaching well over 200km/h, the GranTurismo Sport carries the latest evolution of Maserati’s all-alloy, 4.7-litre V8 engine that’s mated to both 6-speed automatic (MC Auto Shift) and electro-actuated 6-speed (MC Shift) transmissions. The powertrain enables the Super sports car to push 338kW (453hp) at 7,000 rpm and 520 Nm of torque at 4,750 rpm. In addition, the GT Sport houses a new generation of the Sport Skyhook active damping system and dual-cast brakes with cross-drilled, grooved discs for sure-footed braking power. Maserati claims the GT Sport comes to a complete stop from 100km/h – 0 in under 35 meters.

Weighing between 1780 – 1880 kg, the GT Sport is practically stuck to the ground from mid- to high-speed. The car’s sport mode when activated enables the GT Sport to take off off the line, much like a race car going off the starting grid. When it comes to handling and stability, the GT Sport’s steering provides the sufficient precision on straights or around bends, and obviously grip levels are superb to ensure a blindingly quick driving dynamics.

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Inside, Maserati’s craftsmanship is clearly depicted almost everywhere. The Italian’s obsession with details, finesse from seating arrangements to dashboard and cabin ergonomics are presented at top-notch refinements that you’d come to expect from the Maserati people. Sportier front seats and a flat-bottomed steering allow greater depth in the cabin, hence enhancing knee and leg room. Additionally, seats’ aides give a sense of comfort for both driver and passengers alike on long drives.

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As for the retail price for a Maserati GranTurismo Sport, expect to pay no less than RM1.118 million. Naza Italia since 2009 has delivered an estimated 27 Maseratis. The company is expecting to reach a 43-car sales target by the end of this year. Meantime, the delivery time for a Maserati GT Sport is expected to be between 3 – 4 months.