Well now this isn’t exactly a modified car, but and this is a big big big BUT it is a car that any of us would jump at the chance of slipping into even if it is for a brief stint! So time for something a little different, we’ve had a bunch of seriously tough highly modified cars so far, so why not check out one that is built from the factory to turn normally sane grown men into drooling apes! Welcome the Maserati GranTurismo S!
As with most cars in the same stratosphere as the GranTurismo S, cornering at any speed, even far beyond the realms of sanity doesn’t fluster it at all. Naturally this can be attirbuted to the suspension setup, along with the near perfect weight distribution. The engine is set back behind the front axle giving a weight distribution of 47 percent over the front axle and 53 percent over the rear axle. Approach a corner blip down a gear, turn the wheel and forget about braking, it just isn’t necessary.
Having said that, massive 6spot BREMBO calipers are draped over some not so small cross drilled rotors which have no problem in bringing the Maserati to a standstill.
Powered by what most of us would call a baby V8 at 4.7litres (4691cc), it still pumps out a tidy 440bhp and propels the 1.9 tonne Maserati to 100 clicks in just 4.9 seconds. The power and styling are amazing, however the most notable feature about this goddess of the roads is the sound it emits whilst driving whether it be simply cruising along or pushing your foot through the firewall. You see there is a special little button named ‘sport’ hit this and baffles in the exhaust open, allowing the car to breathe better, not to mention stifening up the suspension, locking up the diff, firming up the gear shifts and adding a bit more grunt into the mixture.
“…if the engine revs are above 5500 and if the accelerator is at 80%, the car’s electronics change gear in just 100 milliseconds rather than the usual 300. The shifts are super smooth and 0-100 km/h is covered in only 4.9 seconds”. Imagine having to wait a whole 300 milliseconds to change gear……….
Power is put to the ground via a “six-speed electro-actuated gearbox” aka paddle shift. In sports mode whilst using the paddles, down changes come with a neat blip of the throttle giving you the feeling you’re a professional race driver perfectly matching the revs for a nice smooth down change, kinda like a very surreal playstation experience. It kinda makes you want to change gears up and down far more frequently than necessary just to hear the blip of the throttle then crackle of the exhaust as you back off.
No gear stick, simply start her up hit the ‘R’ button in the centre console to select reverse or click up on the paddle on the steering wheel.
Lightly touching the door handle causes the door to click open, a waft of leather upholstery hits your nostrils and you’re presented with a sea of buttons, dials and gauges. All of which lure you in, to touch turn and prod……
Hope you all enjoyed getting a closer look at this beasty, as it was a blast to take photos and vids of it!
Make : 4.7 Litre V8, Peak torque is 490 newton metres at 4750rpm
Power : 440hp at the wheels
Performance :0-100 in 4.9seconds
Gearbox : Tremac Treo 600 manual
Clutch : Electronic double clutch
SUSPENSION & BRAKES
Brakes : BREMBO brakes and calipers
RUBBER & RIMS
Tyres : Rear – 20 * 12” Front – 20* 10”
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