The Maserati GranSport | Part Six (2005)

That was A6G Frua’s style and, needless to say, it’s been passed down directly to the GranSport in 2005 as well.

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2004 in a pearlescent white livery known as Bianco Fuji, the Maserati GranSport has to all intents and purposes become part of that highly specialised Trident production line. On which, not only is almost maniacal attention to detail lavished on very Maserati built, but a huge number of personalisation options are offered too. Needless to say, personalisation Maserati-style goes far beyond a selection of paintwork colours. In fact, the muscular, sporty GranSport is the perfect vehicle for the Trident’s endless choice of aesthetic and functional couture options.

The GranSport’s interior styling is equally powerful, this courtesy of beautiful colour combinations in original leathers and ultimate ergonomic functionality.

Wind Tunnel Tuning

The Maserati GranSport’s harmonious volumes are beautifully combined with more muscular, aerodynamic forms, the fruit of much testing in the wind tunnel aimed at improving the Cx value and achieving a balanced division of the vertical loads (Cz) between the front and rear axles. The result is that the Maserati GranSport has a Cx of 0.33, one of the very best in its category.

An almost total absence of oversteer and improved front-wheel drivability and precision make it very easy to handle too and ensure that drivers will be able to really put it and themselves through their paces in complete safety. Work on the new model’s aerodynamics has led to the addition of new bumpers across the two-door range. The front one, in fact, has a very pronounced lower spoiler with side bars elegantly integrated into the body itself, while the bootlid has been given a discreet yet equally efficient spoiler lip.

The new aerodynamic features associated with the fact that the set-up is now 10 mm lower, result in a two point improvement in the Cx value and translate into clear benefits for the driver. In fact, the Maserati GranSport offers a truly blistering drive, thanks to its direct, precise steering and excellent stability at high speeds.

The traditional Trident elegance is there too in the classic chrome grille reminiscent of the Quattroporte’s. The grilles over the air vents on the rear bumper are also in chrome. The Maserati GranSport’s sporty look is completed by new 19" wheels inspired by the ones sported by the cars in the Maserati Trofeo Championship, with spokes forming a very attractive Trident.

continues... | Part Seven
Published 5 February 2005 Melanie Carter

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