Maserati celebrates Italian Unification with GranTurismo S Limited Edition

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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In celebration of 150 years of Italian unification, Maserati has introduced the GranTurismo S Limited Edition which debuted recently at the Bologna Motor Show. Although the striking grand touring car is only available to the Italian market, its accessories may one day be available for all GranTurismo variants.

A total of just 12 GranTurismo S Limited Edition cars will be produced by Maserati. The unique grand tourer features exclusive matte Sebring Blue paint, which strikes a contrast with the chrome fittings and carbon fibre pieces that embellish the Maserati's voluptuous bodywork.

Carbon fibre is used for the front spoiler, rear spoiler, side mirrors and even the door handles, while hand-polished aluminum is used for the brake calipers. The bespoke Maserati sits on black 20-inch wheels, matching the matte black side skirts. Even the headlights feature matte black accenting, which highlights the car's aggressive demeanour.

Stepping inside the cabin of the GranTurismo S Limited Edition reveals more use of carbon fibre. It frames the instrumentation and controls on both the dashboard and the central tunnel. In other respects the interior is quite similar to that of the standard GranTurismo, except that the GranTurismo S Limited Edition also features a commemorative "Centocinquantenario" plate mounted under the stereo, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Italian Unification from 1861 to 2011 and denoting the car's serial number in the 12-vehicle run.

A commemorative plate mounted under the stereo celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Italian Unification and denotes the car's serial number in the 12-vehicle run. (Photo: Maserati) While engine, transmission and performance specifications weren't provided by Maserati, it is expected that the the GranTurismo S Limited Edition features the same 4.7-litre V8 engine and 6-speed transmission used by the GranTurismo MC. In MC guise, the engine generates 444 horsepower at 7,000 rpm while maximum torque is a claimed 376 pound-feet at 4,750 rpm. The MC's engine is paired to a 6-speed, paddle shift-controlled automatic transmission which can hold a gear to red-line as well as match revs during downshifting.

The MC's drivetrain is good for a top speed of 298 km/h and acceleration from 0-60 mph (0-96.5 km/h) in just 4.8 seconds, making the GranTurismo MC the fastest production Maserati in North America.

Regardless of its final powertrain specification, the GranTurismo S Limited Edition is sure to exhibit a raucous exhaust note, brutal speed and of course sensational styling, all of which have become Italian motoring traditions. Here's to another 150 years of Italian unification - evviva!

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Topics: Sports Coupe, Maserati, 2012, GranTurismo S,

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