The Maserati GranSport | Part Eight (2005)

Driver-Orientated Technology

Needless to say, the Maserati GranSport boasts all of the many excellent technological and safety features offered by the Maserati Grand Tourers, but with some very important refinements. The car has the same sophisticated set-up as the Coupe Cambiocorsa: a Transaxle layout with the gearbox rear-mounted in-unit with the differential, stability and traction control (MSP) integrating ABS, ASR, MSR and EBD functions, which the driver can deactivate if desired, independent front and rear suspension with double wishbone geometry, which can be integrated with the Skyhook system on request, the Skyhook adaptive damping system which instantly adapts the damper calibrations to suit the driving and road conditions and allows the driver to choose between two different settings (Normal and Sport).

The fact that the set-up has been lowered by 10 mm and the adoption of the 19" wheels and Pirelli tyres with a specific profile (front 235/35 19", rear 265/30 19"), characterised by a smaller slip angle, have lowered the centre of gravity and hardened the set-up of Maserati GranSport, making it even more agile and responsive to the steering wheel.

The Brembo brakes with alloy titanium-coloured four-piston callipers with differentiated diameters and large ventilated cross-drilled discs ( front 330 mm; rear 310 mm), also further enhance the dynamic characteristics of the car and guarantee powerful braking even at higher speeds.

Elegant Yet Functional Cabin

The GranSport’s interior reflects its personality both in terms of aesthetics and functionality, yet also exudes the elegant good taste and luxurious comfort of a Trident Grand Tourer. The dashboard, body-hugging seats, tunnel, thick-rimmed steering wheel, impressive materials (leathers, carbon fibre and High-Tech cloth) all combine to create a highly personalised, attractively sporty ambience too.

The Maserati GranSport’s dashboard boasts excellent specialist trim and central console options. The upper part of the dash is trimmed in leather, while the central area, framed by the car-coloured piping strip, is trimmed in a special high tech fabric originally developed for nautical use and available in Grigio Nickel (Nickel Grey), Blu Metal (Metal Blue) or Nero Competizione (Competition Black). This is a double layered material which is not only very attractive but also non-slip and extremely hard-wearing, making it ideal for trimming the central area of sports seats. The front seats are designed for high lateral containment, and guarantee maximum driver contact with the car for perfect control. They were developed with the help of the Maserati test drivers in line with the strictest ergonomic principles with the aim of combining sporty characteristics and excellent seat comfort for perfect, long distance driving. This is why the seats are also fully power adjustable and can, on request, be supplied with a heating option and memorised settings on the driver’s side.

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Published 5 February 2005 Melanie Carter

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