The Maserati GranSport | Part Three (2004)

The Maserati GranSport

Maserati GranSport

The Cambiocorsa system has two modes, in common with the Spyder and Coupé range. Normal mode offers a dynamic GT driving experience, while with a touch of the Sport button on the central console the true power of the car comes to life. Sport mode delivers much faster gear changes, a deeper exhaust sound and less intervention by the MSP stability and traction control system. The Skyhook suspension system, which offers continuous damping control, is also affected by the driver’s choice of Normal or Sport modes. For more comfort-oriented driving, there is even an Auto mode so that the driver can sit back and enjoy the thrilling experience of driving a Maserati. However, the Sport function can still be activated in this mode.

Driver-Oriented Technology

The Maserati GranSport boasts all of the excellent technological and safety features offered by the Maserati range of GTs, but with some very important refinements. The car has the same sophisticated set-up as the Coupé 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, and 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 suspension has been lowered by 10 mm and along with new 19" wheels and tyres (front 235/35 19", rear 265/30 19"), characterised by a smaller slip angle, has lowered the centre of gravity and hardened the set-up of Maserati GranSport, making it even more agile and responsive.

The Brembo brakes with alloy titanium-coloured four-piston callipers and large ventilated cross-drilled discs (front 330 mm; rear 310 mm), further enhance the dynamic characteristics of the car.

Interior - Elegance And Function

The GranSport’s interior reflects its dynamic personality in terms of aesthetics and functionality, yet exudes the elegant good taste and luxurious comfort of a Maserati GT. The dashboard, body-hugging seats, tunnel, thick-rimmed steering wheel, and innovative choice of materials (leather, carbon fibre, alloy, high tech fabric) all combine to create a truly sporty ambience.

The Maserati GranSport’s dashboard boasts special trim and central console options. The upper part of the dash is trimmed in leather, while the central area, framed by car-coloured piping, is trimmed in a high-tech fabric originally developed for nautical use and available in Nero (Black), Grigio Nickel (Nickel Grey) or Blu Metal (Metal Blue). This is a double-layered material which combines form and function, being non-slip and extremely hard wearing, ideal for trimming the central area of sports seats and the lower rim of the steering wheel.

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Published 28 February 2004 Melanie Carter

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