The Maserati GranSport | Part Three (2005)

Maserati GranSport

Maserati GranSport

Transmission And Gearbox

The transaxle layout, in which the gearbox is positioned at the rear of the car in a single unit with the differential, offers optimum weight distribution between the front axle and the rear axle.

This optimises traction and acceleration for a more stable, balanced performance in all conditions. In short, the transaxle delivers extraordinarily exhilarating driving and exceptional road-holding in one neat package.

The F1-style Cambiocorsa gearbox with hydraulic operation and electronic management operated by paddles behind the steering wheel, with no clutch pedal comes as standard on the GranSport. The system allows the driver to choose between four different operating modes: Normal, Sport, Auto and Low Grip.

Each of these programmes is selected by means of console mounted buttons, corresponding to different types of operating mode.

MANUAL - with two levels of sportiness, linked to different electronic stability control (Maserati Stability Programme - MSP) and Skyhook settings. These are designed to give either maximum vehicle control in the more comfortable Normal setting or greater driving pleasure, once again in complete safety, in the Sport setting.

AUTOMATIC - with fully automated, fluid and progressive gear changes. The driver is still able to choose between Normal or Sport mode and to rapidly revert to manual, thanks to the F1-style paddles.

ICE - for low grip surfaces, guarantees smooth starting and gear changes on snow and ice.

In short, the Cambiocorsa combines authentic GT driving pleasure with the slick gear changing of an electro-actuated gearbox which makes better use of the powerful engine and guarantees maximum safety in handling such enormous power.

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Published 5 February 2005 Melanie Carter

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