From the 1947 A6 1500 to the brand new 2017 GranTurismo.
While Ferrari is gearing up for a 70th anniversary celebration of epic proportions, little brother Maserati is not one to be left out of the festivities. The storied Italian marque has chosen seven iconic vehicles to celebrate its own anniversary, as well as unveiled an all-new version of the GranCabrio Sport in the process.
The first of the celebratory classics in question will be a stunning 1947 A6 1500, which features a 1.5-liter engine and a design by Pininfarina. The next two on display will be a 1957 3500GT, one of the first true "mass-produced" Maserati vehicles, and a 1959 5000GT, which was built specifically for the Shah of Persia, and came with a more powerful V8 engine.
Also on display will be a 1970 Ghibli Coupe, complete with a 4.9-liter V8, a 1974 Khamsin, the storied successor of the Ghibli, a 1998 3200GT, the Giugiaro-designed sports car that features 370 horsepower (275 kilowatts), and last but certainly not least, the all-new 2017 GranTurismo. The seven cars will be honored in the U.K, alongside the all-new GranCabrio, which comes with the same 4.7-liter V8 found on the GranTurismo, producing 460 hp (343 kW) and 383 pound-feet (520 Newton-meters) of torque.
"As Grand Tourer pioneers, Maserati has produced some of the most iconic GTs over the past 70 years as these seven iconic classics demonstrate," said Peter Denton, regional manager of Maserati North Europe. "The latest GranTurismo and GranCabrio are no exception, offering an empowering combination of race-bred power and grand touring luxury."
The new Maserati GranTurismo will start at £94,285 in the U.K ($134,625 in the U.S.), and comes with a number of new features, including an 8.4-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, as well as a redesigned center console with a new rotary controller and drive-mode-buttons. The GranCabrio will feature all of the same updates, and asks £108,340 ($145,410) in the U.K.
Gallery: 2018 Maserati GranTurismo: First Drive
Luxury Italian automotive manufacturer, Maserati, sees the eagerly anticipated MY18 GranTurismo and GranCabrio arrive in the UK, with prices starting from £94,285 OTR.
To celebrate the latest GranTurismo and GranCabrio, Maserati looks back at 70 years of Maserati GTs with seven iconic Maserati cars:
- A6 1500 (1947): the original GranTurismo model was launched at the 1947 Geneva Motor Show featuring a 1.5-litre six-cylinder in-line engine with 65hp under a revolutionary body designed by Pininfarina.
- 3500GT (1957): the first “mass-produced” Maserati made its debut in 1957, the year Fangio took the F1 title in his 250F. Its aluminium body was designed by Touring around a 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine with 230hp.
- 5000GT (1959): the object of desire. This Maserati GT was produced purely to meet the desires of the Shah of Persia, who wanted a more exclusive version of the 3500GT. With a potent V8 engine, the 5000GT was famous for its performance and exclusivity.
- Ghibli SS Coupe (1970): in 1967 Maserati added a sports coupe to their line-up, named after a Saharan wind and designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who was seen as a challenger to the establishment. The Ghibli SS was introduced in 1970 with a larger, 4.9-litre V8 engine with 335hp.
- Khamsin (1974): the successor to the Ghibli and named after a desert wind, was designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone. Pure 1970s Italian exotica featuring a 4.9-litre V8 engine with 320hp.
- 3200GT (1998): designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, it returned the GranTurismo concept to its former glory. The predecessor of the current GranTurismo featured a Twin Turbo 3.2-litre V8 engine with 370hp.
- GranTurismo (2017): The original GranTurismo was designed by Pininfarina, debuted in 2007 and was joined by the GranCabrio in 2010. Both cars have now been restyled to reflect the pioneering spirit of the original GranTurismo concept, a thrilling pairing of race car derived performance with uncompromising luxury.
GranTurismo is at the heart of every single Maserati. The original concept was enticingly simple; It involved fitting a sophisticated race car engine into a luxurious, handcrafted saloon. Seamlessly combining these two worlds was, of course, far from simple. Yet it is exactly what Maserati did in 1947 with the A6 1500. Styled by Pininfarina, such power had never been so beautifully packaged and delivered – opening up all kinds of new, long-distance possibilities.
Today’s GranTurismo models are direct descendants of this breakthrough innovation. They embody the irresistible allure of exotic Italian style thanks to the Maserati Design Centre team restyling the MY18 models with the timeless Pininfarina design in mind, combined with hard-edged, race-bred performance.
Peter Denton, Region Manager, Maserati North Europe commented: “As Grand Tourer pioneers, Maserati has produced some of the most iconic GTs over the past 70 years as these seven iconic classics demonstrate. The latest GranTurismo and GranCabrio are no exception, offering an empowering combination of race-bred power and grand touring luxury.”
Available in two highly specified Sport and MC trim levels, the GranTurismo and GranCabrio both feature a 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine. Developed jointly by Ferrari and Maserati and hand-crafted by Ferrari in Maranello, the engine produces 460hp at 7,000rpm, 520Nm peak torque at 4,750rpm and with the unique cross-plane crankshaft, provides unrivalled throttle response, free-revving characteristics and the thrilling Maserati signature sound.
The GranTurismo starts at £94,285 OTR and the GranCabrio is priced from £108,340 OTR.