Sports car tuning: DMC unleashes 582HP Maserati GranCabrio

2012 October 15
by Monder

Sports car tuning firm DMC based in Germany recently unleashed the conversion kit for the convertible variant of the Maserati GranCabrio. The tune gives the ride upgrades to the engine and the suspension system. It also gives the car new rims and carbon fiber elements for the exterior.

The sports car from Modena also gets a supercharger for its 4.7L V-8. This boosts the output by 148 horses and the torque by 60 lb-ft. The powerplant of the Maserati GranCabrio can crank out 582hp while revving at 7,300 rpm and now has a torque of 348 lb-ft while at 5,400 rpm.

The ride of the vehicle is also lowered as DMC installed a sport suspension in front and on the rear. The adjustments dropped the ride height by 1.2 inches.

The exterior of the Maserati GranCabrio also gets an upgrade. The front bumper has been redesigned to sport a lip spoiler, the side skirts get zig-zag panels, and the rear diffuser was also refreshed. All of these exterior upgrades were crafted using carbon fiber materials.

The looks of the car is completed by the 20-inch rims hugged y 255/30 R 20 tires in front and 305/30 R 21 for the rear.

DMC also tweaked the interior with leather upholstery and a good dose of trims made with carbon fiber. A new steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and an outer rim made of carbon fiber are were also installed.

Maserati continues work on Porsche 911

2012 July 13

maserati-gransportMaserati is on the drawing boards as they continue the process of making a hardcore ride that will bring some more excitement to the brand and will rival the Porsche 911 when it rolls out on 2015.

The GranSport, as it is initially called, will be taking inspiration from the 4C of the Alfa Romeo. It will be a two-seater that will have a mid-engine setup on a rear-wheel drive configuration. The ride will be bigger and more powerful than the Alfa Romeo 4C. It will be using a new V-6 engine developed by Italian sports car maker Ferrari.

The new Maserati GranSport will be marketed as a high performance vehicle . It will also be very driver focused, and probably will be the best, in this aspect, in the wide range of offerings by the brand. It will be on a collision course with the new Audi R8 and the turbo version of the 991 by Porsche.

The GranSport will be the most potent of the Maserati brood. It will also be the lightest. At the moment, The Gran Turismo MC Stradale that packs 442 bhp from its 4.7-liter V-8 engine. It is quite heavy though at 1,770 kilos and is more of a grand tourer having a front-engine layout.

The new Maserati sports car will be using a modified chassis of the 4C made of carbon fiber. The target weight is roughly 1,200 kilos. The car will have a wider track and a longer wheelbase compared to the Alfa Romeo. These two elements are necessary for the new V-6.

Ferrari was tasked to develop the engine for the GranSport.. It will also be used for the Kubang SUV and the upcoming Quattroporte.

The V-6 powerplant for the GranSport will sport twin turbos. This will be a more powerful engine than the current V-8 with a 4.7-liter displacement used for the GranTurismo MC Stradale. The engine will be coupled with a twin-clutch 7-speed gearbox. With this setup, the GranSport is expected to achieve 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds and hit a top speed of 190 mph.

The Maserati GranSport is expected to roll out by 2015 with a tag price of at least £90,000.

Spied: 2013 Maserati Quattroporte

2012 April 24

Maserati-QuattroporteThe 2013 Maserati replacement for its Quattroporte has been reccently spotted testing on the tracks. The 2013 Quattroporte test vehicle was still heavily covered so the only recognizable parts are the headlamps, tail lights, windows, windshield, and door handles. It is hard to tell which parts will be heading to production as an element of the new Quattroporte.

You can determine the shape of the new car though. The general proportions look like it is very close to the current version with the voluptuous curves screaming that it will be the calling card for the Q-porte.

The Maserati Quattroporte is a very important piece on the sales chart of the company in order to keep up with competitors like the S63s of Mercedes and the Panameras of Porsche. Doing a good round at the ‘Ring of course is a must to be very credible in its segment.

Earlier reports have confirmed that Maserati is planning to use the 4.7L and the 4.5L revised Ferrari V8s for the upcoming SUV with stop-start system, lower emission, and direct fuel injection. These updated engines will also head to the engine bay of the Quattroporte with the same 8-speed automatic gearbox. Most likely during the launch, there will be the Quattroporte and the Quattroporte S but a more potent Sport GTS version might pop up after a year or two to keep the market talking about it and interested. The next Quattroporte has a big potential to have an all wheel drive setup and also a hybrid model.

We might be seeing the new Maserati Quattroporte during the upcoming Paris motor show this fall before an official roll out by next year. The sticker price should be higher than the current base of $131,500. There is also that space of the Levante, a Baby Quattroporte to enter the mid-size segment.

Maserati Kubang makes US debut in Detroit

2012 January 26
by Monder

Think of a Grand Cherokee built in Detroit but give it a cockpit and a skin from Maserati plus put an engine that has some Ferrari DNA. This vehicle will not be known as the Kubang.

Sergio Marchionne, the topman of Fiat, reiterated during the auto show in Detroit that the newly unwrapped concept vehicle Maserati Kubang which is scheduled to roll out in 2013 will just be purely Maserati.

The crossover from Maserati will be using the same platform being used for the Grand Cherokee and it will also be built at the production line of Chrysler at their Jefferson North factory in Detroit. One way to think about it is that the Maserati crossover will have some sperm donors which when you think about it includes Mercedes-Benz since they helped develop the architecture used by its M-Class and the one being used for the Grand Cherokee.

You will not find a Hemi V8 by Chrysler under its hood though. Marchionne revealed that under the hood of the Kubang will be twin turbo V8 4.0L powerplant which is Ferrari-based. This engine can give a monstrous output of 500 horsepower.

Marchionne explained that a Maserati will not be a Maserati if they do not use a Ferrari engine. Maserati has tapped the services of Paolo Martinelli to help develop new powertrains. Martinelli was the former engine development head of the F1 team of Ferrari.

According to a Fiat representative, the powerplant for the new Maserati crossover will be built in Maranello and will be linked to the brand’s automatic gearbox with eight speeds. Chassis tuning will also be performed by another team in Modena.

The first version of the Kubang concept which really looks different from the latest interpretation was welcomed by fans in 2003 but was later on shelved.

Maserati files patent for Maserati Cinqueporte in Europe

2011 October 24

A lot of people cannot imagine an SUV in the Maserati showrooms but it is a reality as the brand has unveiled the concept vehicle Maserati Kubang during the motor show in Frankfurt just last month.

In a recent report in Italian newspapers, Maserati might actually be using the Cinqueporte nameplate for the Kubang SUV. This is following the filing of a patent for the name Cinqueporte in Europe. Many agree that the name is a lot better than Kubang.

The Kubang tag is actually a name that has been used before by Maserati for a concept vehicle. Something in the name Kubang does not sound right for an SUV and a lot of fans are glad that the car manufacturer might actually be dropping it in favor of a more classy name. Cinqueporte actually gives it away as it really suggests a five door vehicle.

So far we have not head any plans of Maserati planning to produce an estate version of any members of their current lineup. The only realistic application of the Cinqueporte name is to be attached at the back of a Maserati SUV unless the carmaker was able to conceal a plan for a new vehicle from everyone else.

Translating the new name it really comes down as the Maserati Five Door which is pretty much odd still but it works when it is in its Italian form. Anyway, whether it will be Kubang or the Cinqueporte, it will still be an SUV from Maserati that has a Ferrari built engine under its hood with the body inspired by the Grand Cherokee.

The Kubang concept that took spotlight in Frankfurt has a very prominent grille, LED headlights, and vents. The sloping roofline of the SUV takes you to the unique tailgate. The specs of the Kubang or the future Maserati Cinqueporte have not been revealed yet but the powerful powerplant will be linked with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The crossover has also unique steering system, brakes, and suspension setup.

Gran Turismo S Superior Black Edition by Anderson Germany, mean sports car

2011 August 18

Anderson Germany is a German tuning company that seems to be fascinated into black, stealth, and mean-looking sports cars. Their works of arts are often treated with this beautiful black paint exterior finish and massive, pumped up powertrains turning an ordinary sports car into a superior, lean, mean, sports car machine.

Before we have seen Anderson Germany’s transformation on the Aston Martin DBS and the Porsche Panamera. This time, the automobile industry witnessed its latest creation—the Gran Turismo S Superior Black Edition—and it doesn’t come any meaner than this one.

We know how this works, you take a standard model of a sports car and the tuning company will pimp it up to aggressive sports car perfection with upgraded features from the exterior to the interior and not to mention, what’s under the hood.

The Gran Turismo S Superior Black Edition now boasts of a kickass matte black body finish. The tailgate, air inlets, and roof ledges were treated to a carbon fiber trim. The rims now also come with a beautiful glossy black carbon frame in 21”. With lots of carbon fiber trims done, the total weight of the car is reduced by almost 28lbs.

Exterior comes with Alcantara black leather seats with red rhombus trims as well as carbon fiber finishes. Under the hood are improved exhaust system and software optimization features. The retuned Gran Turismo S Superior Black Edition now has 492 HP (standard is 440HP) in a 4.7-liter v8 engine. Now that’s a mean sports car!

SUV of Maserati may get Hemi V8 instead of Ferrari V8

2011 July 15

Advocates of green livin do not love them but SUVs have been quite popular over the years. Since there is a big demand for this big rides, even car manufacturers that has no production experience is joining the bandwagon. Carmaker Maserati is now looking into competing in the lucrative SUV in the executive segment with its plans of launching their own SUV by 2012.

The CEO of Fiat Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, shared that the SUV of Maserati will be spawned from the platform of the Grand Cherokee. The new Grand Cherokee actually derived its DNA from the M-Class of Mercedes-Benz. The topman of Fiat-Chrysler also hinted that they may use a Ferrari V8 for the powerplant of the SUV since the car brands are under the same corporate umbrella.

Latest reports about the Maserati SUV though say that the vehicle might not use the V8 from the Italian garage because the Ferrari engine is tuned to go for high revs and not the powerful torque which is required by the SUV.

Marchionne though had it all figured out so Chrysler built a 465 hp 6.4L Hemi which is perfect fit for the platform that will be used plus this choice is a lot cheaper than the Ferrari V8.

When it comes out, it will be unfair to look for the off road grandure of the Cherokee on the Maserati SUV. The Maserati SUV will be geared more towards performance packaged with the plush interior and good on road handling.

Maserati on the drawing boards for the Cayenne rival

2010 December 10

Sergio Marchionne, topman of Fiat and Chrysler, shared recently that Maserati is busy preparing to meet head on the Porsche Cayenne with their new SUV.

The Research and Development team of Alfa plans to use the platform of the Grand Cherokee to make a vehicle that can rival the X5 of BMW in the upper end of the consumer spectrum. The new SUV will be side by side with the successor of the 159 and a less pricey compact SUV when Alfa tries to compete in the US market again by 2013.

The plan of making a big SUV was confirmed by Marchionne during a recent conference call with the press. He also hinted about the platform that might be used by Maserati which was originally outlined for the GL, R Class, and M Class of Mercedes-Benz when handled by Daimler Chrysler.

The top executive of the company explains that they are looking into the possible uses of the architecture for present and future Chrysler and non-Chrysler products in the future.

The car manufacturer is also studying the possibilities of using the current line-up of Maserati engines for the new, performance geared SUV. This gives way to the possibility of the new  SUV getting the Ferrari made V8 power plants like the ones used for the Quattroporte, Gran Cabrio, and the GramTurismo.

The evolution of Maserati Quattroporte

2010 June 10

Today a lot of car marques are consider their 4-door coupes as hot commodities. Mercedes-Benz hit it off with the CLS. Other brands like Volkswagen, Aston Martin, and Porsche are also locked on their goals to meet the demand of Quattroporte lovers.

In Italian, Quattroporte literally means four doors. A special car was commissioned by Prince Kharim Aga Khan to the design house of Pietro Frua that really started it all.

Maserati debuted their first Quattroporte in 1963. This caw was fitted with a V8 4.1L engine that produced 256 horsepower mated with a ZF manual gearbox. This first generation Quattroporte was able to hit 143 mph for its top speed.

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Maserati coming up with new RWD platform to share with Alfa Romeo

2010 March 17
by Monder

Alfa Romeo is already using a Maserati platform for the 8C Competizione but a recent report reveals that we should be expecting more Alfa Romeos riding on the mechanicals of Maserati.

Through the guidance of its mother company, Fiat, Maserati will be developing a platform that it will share with the Alfas. The high end RWD platform is also expected to take the place of the Quattroporte and most likely the convertible and coupe of the Gran Turismo.

According to insiders, the new platform will involve a lot of aluminum content to cut on some weight which is seen as a problem for all the current models of Maserati. The platform will also have an architecture to accommodate the hybrid setup that the Maserati will borrow from the stables of Ferrari. There has been no official announcement yet but a next Quattroporte may be due in two or three year’s time.

Alfa Romeo will also utilize the new platform to create new rear wheel drive units. It is almost certain that Alfa Romeo will come up with a new model to replace the limited edition of their sports car 8C Competizione. The 8C’s success indicates that the price of the car can be sky high if the product is appealing enough.

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