IT’S not often an internal combustion engine gets a send-off, but then this is no ordinary engine. It’s one of the last naturally-aspirated V8 engines in the segment today, and the limited-edition GranTurismo Sport Edizione V8 Aspirato will be its final home.
Based on the F136 family of 90-degree V8 petrol engines, this state-of-the art 4.7-litre powerhouse has been developed and hand-built jointly by Maserati and Ferrari engineers, and it’s coming to Australia and New Zealand.
Developed exclusively for this market from the last manufacturing run which produced the recent GranTurismo Zeda, just 23 Edizione V8 Aspirato models are headed here, undoubtedly granting each future classic status.
The GranTurismo is an Italian car concept pioneered by Maserati, and originally designed by Pininfarina. It has evolved into one of the most iconic GT cars on the road, since its launch in 2007.
The 4-seater coupé is considered the ultimate expression of Maserati’s passion, technology and craftsmanship, and remains unique in the super car segment thanks to its elegant design and luxurious interior.
Maserati has produced more than 40,000 GranTurismo and GranCabrio models in the historic factory, Viale Ciro Menotti in Modena.
The Edizione V8 Aspirato signs-off this iconic model with its elegant and aerodynamically efficient styling, refined interiors and state-of-the art infotainment system.
Five unique heritage paint colours will be available on the Edizione V8 Aspirato: Blu Corse, Blue Sera, Argento Auteuil, Verde Britannia and Celeste Chiaro (in addition to the existing Nero Carbonio and Rosso Italiano).
These heritage colour schemes can be further personalised with the customer’s choice of brake caliper and alloy wheel combinations, making each Edizione V8 Aspirato truly unique.
The naturally-aspirated, 4.7-litre V8 engine hand-built by Ferrari in Maranello and capable of producing 338kW (460hp) and 520Nm of peak torque. A six-speed ZF automatic gearbox is attached directly to the V8 powerhouse.
The GranTurismo Sport accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 299km/h. The final special edition has been restyled by the Maserati Design Centre team in Turin, with the utmost respect for its timeless look.
The car’s ‘sharknose’ hexagonal grille adds a three-dimensional effect to its frontal view, and together with the new, lower air ducts, delivers improved airflow distribution and a reduction in aerodynamic drag from 0.33 to 0.32cd.
The rear bumper has also been redesigned with an emphasis on the natural elegance of the iconic GT coupé.
The interior of the GranTurismo Edizione V8 Aspirato offers unparalleled comfort for four adults, thanks to the individual Poltrona Frau leather seats with integrated headrests. The iconic Italian coupé is also available with Alcantara and leather upholstery.
Inside, a state-of-the-art infotainment system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions, while the central console accommodates a user-friendly, double rotary knob, made of forged aluminium.
2020 Maserati GranTurismo Edizione V8 Aspirato orders can be placed now, with cars arriving in December 2019.