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Maserati Gran Sport

Broadcast date : 18th June 2006

The Maserati Gran Sport is a special-equipment version of the Maserati GT coupe, which has been available in South Africa since the late 1990s. Itís styled by the famous Giorgetto Giugiaro, who has brought many great shapes to the world.

The Gran Sport adds front and rear spoilers, nineteen-inch wheels, low-profile tyres, quad exhausts and special finishes to the grilles. Yet itís a name still strange to the man or woman on the street.

And that Ferrari-performance claim is well-founded. The 4,2 litre V8 is based on the same device found in the Ferrari 430, although in the Mazza itís mounted north to south.

The beautiful crackle finishes on the engine are unsurprisingly echoed in the bespoke interior, which can be ordered with a number of trim options, including this space-age Kevlar-like cloth.

And the pedals are the real cast racing itemsÖ No fong-kong add-ons here!

Thatís the beauty of a car like the Gran Sport. It truly has a dual nature, and Hendrik proclaimed it as the first paddle shifter he has really enjoyed.

The sport setting on the console also stiffens up the ride, and straight-line stability is confidence-inspiring right up to its 285 km/h top speed.
The first Maserati GTís here used a turbocharged engine but a few years ago they were restyled and re-engineered with the astoundingly tractable naturally aspirated V8. The way the torque curve is profiled you still get a turbo-like rush, even at Reef altitude!

The only minor criticism that Hendrik had of the car was a slight deadness to the steering feel in the straight-ahead position.

Real sound, real leg room for the rear passengers. To sum up a real supercar.

Maserati Gran Sport
  • Engine: V8 petrol, 4 244 cc
  • Power: 295 kW @ 7 000 rpm
  • Torque: 451 Nm @ 4 500 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed paddle-shift manual, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 4,85 seconds (claimed)
  • Top Speed: 290 km/h (claimed)
  • Fuel consumption: 20 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R1,3-million

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