The Maserati GranSport | Part Five (2005)

Maserati GranSport

Maserati GranSport

Maserati Stability Programme integrates the ABS, ASR and EBD functions by acting on the brakes and engine to help the driver control the vehicle even in the most extreme conditions.

The system accomplishes this using a set of sensors to detect any deviations from the ideal dynamic behaviour of the car. These sensors track everything from wheel position to the steering angle and toe-in.

When necessary, the system acts on the brakes and engine to guarantee that the driver always remains fully in control of the car. Moreover, if the Skyhook or Cambiocorsa are present, the MSP offers two modes of intervention, one is normal (more control and safety oriented) and the other (which the driver selects) is more performance-geared and once again leaves more room for fun driving by intervening to a lesser extent on stability control. Finally, expert drivers and sports purists will be happy to know that they can completely exclude electronic stability control altogether at the touch of a button on the central console, whilst still leaving the ABS active.

The kind of meticulous attention that has been devoted to active safety has also been lavished on important passive safety features too.

Starting with the steel monocoque construction with supplementary integrated tubular structure in front section, every element was developed to exceed even the most severe passive safety standards and the most recent collision regulations. Moreover, in the case of the Maserati Spyder, there are also two fixed roll bars to guarantee better occupant protection.

The standard safety equipment offered by the Coupe, Spyder and GranSport is completed by four front and side airbags, front seatbelts with electronically controlled pretensioners and a safety inertia switch which cuts off fuel supply in the event of an impact or violent stop.

Maserati GranSport

In the 1950s, the track-inspired engineering of a two-litre Maserati A6G was given a harmonious yet excitingly aerodynamic Coupe body by the legendary Carrozzeria Frua. The resulting car was christened the GranSport.

Maserati has revived that glorious name once again for the version of the current Coupe inspired by the fiery Trident model that competes in the Trofeo Maserati and a host of GT Championship right across Europe. The engineers at Viale Ciro Menotti have carefully tuned the car for sports use so that its already highly sophisticated engineering and powerful high torque engine are now more impressive than ever.

Thanks to a massive 400 hp, a harder set-up and meticulous aerodynamic testing resulting in modifications to the body forms, the new GranSport is an unmistakable new addition to the international market for drivers who like their car to have a strong thoroughbred temperament yet still be usable anywhere and anytime. The GranSport will be a thrilling accomplice on dashes up torturous mountain roads or at clandestine meetings on the track, yet still cut a dash in all the most fashionable places and look completely at home parked outside a chic restaurant.

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Published 5 February 2005 Melanie Carter

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