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UNLEASH THE BEAST: The Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic
RISHAD SAAM MEHTA | New Delhi, December 5, 2012 15:59
Tags : Maserati | Italian Car | Autonomics |
 

Maserati, named after the brothers who first made these machines in 1914, Italy, is known for their legendary cars. Every generation of the Maserati GranTurismo has pushed the boundaries of what a car can achieve; then again a Maserati is not just any other car.

Arriving at the wheel of the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic is like meeting a long lost love who has become sexier and more graceful. The Maserati’s curves simply ooze so much beauty that it evokes spontaneous appreciation.

The exterior of the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic complements the stylish nature of the vehicle, which is consistent with all of Maserati’s luxury brands. It comes with side spoilers, which makes it much more dynamic and the 20 inch wheel rims gives it an edge over its competitors. Other defining features for the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic include the classic V-shape bonnet, the front headlights and the front bumper.
Its insides are done up in leather of the highest quality hides and feature the lovely colour combinations and the intricate stitching and ribbing reflecting the opulence of this car’s making.

The power functions in the cabin include the power steering, electric windows and mirrors. The presence of the advanced Bose surround audio system makes entertainment in the car akin to a concert hall. Music and all manner of entertainment can be enjoyed from the comprehensive media system in the car. There is a CD/DVD player which has Bluetooth connectivity, along with an iPod interface.

The Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic measures 4881 mm in overall length, 2056mm in width with side mirrors and a height of 1353mm.

It can carry four passengers in relative comfort. It features a 4.7 litre V-8 engine that creates an astounding 433 bhp. The power is sent to the wheels via the ZF 6-speed automatic transmission.

This car can easily become your daily indulgent commute. It is quite manageable in traffic and feels relaxed, stable and very comfortable over long distances.

But this was just the normal mode. Press the ‘Sport’ button and the car does a Dr Jekyll to Mr Hyde. It becomes meaner, the acceleration is relentless and you can feel the electronics working hard as you go around a corner defying the laws of physics. The exhaust roar which was subtle at first is now a pressurised howl as the car gives a free reign to all the horses in its crankcase when the two pneumatic valves next to the silencers open, giving the gases a sudden escape route.

While it is very comfortable, quiet and compliant on the straight and open highway, it’s still a real treat to throw around a twisty road. The car is faithful in turns, and has a predictable, sweet handling balance. Key to that is the car’s weight distribution which at 49:51 is near perfect.

Maserati also fits a limited slip differential to the car which locks up 25 per cent under load and 45 per cent off the throttle, and makes the car’s cornering line all the more responsive to the throttle.

The Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic features very sophisticated driving and safety dynamics. The dynamic handling of the vehicle is assisted by the electronically controlled Maserati Stability Programme (MSP), coupled with functions such as the Electric Park Brake (EPB). The vehicle also offers the Brake Assist System (BAS), which recognizes panic braking by measuring the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed and clamps the brake pad to the disc before the driver even begins braking. Passive safety features are offered in the form of side, head and chest airbags and seatbelts equipped with the latest pre-tensioners.

Priced at around Rs. 1.5 crores, this Maserati offers a compelling mix of Ferrari-inspired performance with true grand touring sophistication.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017