Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic

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The Maserati GranTurismo S is built like an athlete. Although it maintains the purity of the original car’s lines, the new Modenese coupé catches the eye courtesy of the subtle aesthetic modifications it has undergone. On the GranTurismo S new side sills bring a more dynamic look, rendering Pininfarina’s work of art even more intriguing. 
The new 20” wheel rims sport a fresh design with spokes that mirror the famous Trident logo.The GranTurismo S continues the unique style of the GranTurismo range. The car’s lines were designed to lead the eye fluidly over its curves, from the low front end to the sweeping rear.A chrome Trident logo is suspended in the center of the concave vertical slats of the front grille. The headlights are aggressive jewels flanking the traditional long, low hood. The grille’s classic ‘V’ point is a feature that is echoed throughout the car.The three chrome-profiled air vents set behind the front wheels lend the GranTurismo an even more vibrant feel. Moving around the GranTurismo, the oval version of the Maserati logo (known as ‘Saetta’) stands out behind the side windows. And at the rear are the taillight clusters, each featuring distinctive, bright LEDs in a daring triangle. Wide aerodynamic diffusers sit under the bumper, framed by pronounced exhaust pipes.

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The interior of the Maserati GranTurismo S offers a sumptuous place to get down to the business of driving

The GranTurismo S cabin mirrors the true identity of the new Maserati coupé. Luxurious touches have been taken up a notch, and there is a sumptuous feel to the interior, an interior that offers an even wider range of personalization options.The driver and passengers will enjoy being in a refined cabin that has been created using time-honored techniques used by skilled craftsmen.Poltrona Frau® supplies the supple leather found inside. This superbly finished leather is the result of attentive selection and special treatment. The front sport seats are roomy and can be controlled electronically while the ‘Easy Entry’ system shifts both seats to make entrance and egress hassle free.Unique in its class, the GranTurismo also offers genuine seating for four adults, allowing the driver to share the experience of traveling as only a Maserati can provide.The advanced Bose Surround Sound® audio system adds to the elevated quality of life on board. The eleven speakers have been designed especially for the car’s interior and deliver concert hall levels of performance. The hard-drive based navigation system is standard, complete with Bluetooth, iPod integration, 30GB of storage space for music, and is pre-wired for Sirius satellite radio.The sizeable trunk can hold two regular-sized golf bags or the set of five leather suitcases created by Salvatore Ferragamo exclusively for the GranTurismo.

Technology

Engine

The Maserati GranTurismo S is driven by an eight cylinder, 4,691 cc V90° engine that develops 433 bhp at 7,000 rpm and produces a maximum torque of 361 lb-ft at 4,750 rpm. The timing is controlled by two overhead camshafts per bank and four valves per cylinder with hydraulic tappets.
The overhead camshafts on the aspirated side are controlled by low pressure, continual phase valve timing with actuation times of less than 0.15 seconds.The increased power and torque is due to higher displacement and the exhaust valves controlled by the driver. Pressing the ‘Sport’ button on the dash opens the valves to allow the exhaust to escape more quickly; the lower back-pressure allows the engine to reach its peak power output of 433 bhp.

Transmission

The GT soul of the GranTurismo S shines through with the six-speed automatic transmission, created by German transmission specialists ZF and tuned specifically for Maserati.
The effect of the self-adapting automatic transmission is especially felt at low to medium revs but still grants immediate power delivery higher up the rev range, and allows changes to be made at the 7,200 rpm redline – a rate that no other automatic transmission in the class can equal.
There are four functional modes:
Auto Normal is for comfortable cruising, Auto Sport is for those who like a sportier ride, Auto ICE is for low grip conditions, and then there is Manual mode.
In Manual it is the driver who chooses when to change gears via the shift paddles mounted on the steering column.

Chassis

The Maserati GranTurismo S reacts brilliantly thanks to its unique weight distribution:
49% of the car’s mass sits over the front end and 51% on the rear.
This setup was achieved by shifting the engine behind the front axle and it gives the driver an unparalleled sense of balance and response.
The load-bearing chassis means greater rigidity and its high-resistance, box-steel structure allows the suspension to better track the road. This enhances the car’s dynamic handling while also providing a more comfortable drive.

Suspension

The Maserati GranTurismo S precise handling benefits from a front and rear wishbone suspension. The system’s ‘anti-dive’ and ‘anti-squat’ geometry limits the front dipping under braking and the rear end squatting under acceleration.

The Skyhook system

The GranTurismo S comes with the Skyhook system as standard. This technology uses shock absorbers with an aluminum body to continually adjust the damping rate. Skyhook automatically selects the optimal level of damping and integrates with the MSP (Maserati Stability Program) safety system and the calibration of the car’s automatic transmission. The result is that the car is able to adapt to the characteristics of each driver;
the GranTurismo is a car that fits like a glove.The Skyhook system acts by using acceleration sensors that detect movement on all four wheels and the body.
A control unit processes the data it receives from the sensors, analyses the driving style and road surface and adjusts the dampers accordingly via their proportional valves.As the Skyhook and transmission data is fed to the same electronic control unit Maserati engineers have integrated the two systems.
As a result the GranTurismo S is able to tweak the suspension settings so that the driver feels even less movement through the chassis during gear changes.Selecting the ‘Sport’ setting via the button on the dash results in a stiffer ride, less roll, more contained load transfer, greater agility and stability, as well as allowing startling performance figures. The dedicated on-board computer reduces gear shifts times and Skyhook switches from delivering the most comfortable ride possible to focusing on body control, giving the GranTurismo S more grip. Together, the GranTurismo S systems combine to offer comfort when desired and a deep well of performance to draw upon at the driver’s request.

Personalization

The Maserati GranTurismo S cabin is now even more exclusive with additional options available

For the GranTurismo range, Maserati offers a personalization program that is unlike any other in the world. This program has been developed with the objective of allowing each client to create a made-to-measure GranTurismo S, a car that is the maximum expression of each client’s taste and style.
The client can opt for one of ten colors of Poltrona Frau leather, thirteen possible colors for the stitching, seven for the carpets (including two new colors: Red and Bordeaux) and three types of prestigious wood (Walnut, Rosewood or the new polished Wenge); the variety on offer can render the cabin of each GranTurismo S one-of-a-kind.
On the exterior, wheel rim designs come in three finishes and clients can choose from six colors for the brake calipers.

The MC Sport Line range
The ‘MC Sport Line’ personalization range is designed to emphasize Maserati’s sporting heritage. It is dedicated to clients who want to exhibit their sporting passion with advanced technical solutions.
The name ‘MC Sport Line’ fully captures the experience gained on the track by the Maserati Corse technicians who designed the components.
The Modenese company’s racing pedigree is evident from the carbon fiber construction of many of the Sport Line pieces.

The Online Car Configurator
Maserati provides an excellent online tool for configuring even the tiniest details on the GranTurismo. The Car Configurator gives the client the opportunity to create their ideal car online and to see the combination chosen, including the color of the leather and materials, the finish of the headlining, the stitching and the carpets. Visit the online Car Configurator at: configurator.maserati.com

The Maserati Atelier
Visitors to the Modena, Italy headquarters of Maserati can make the most of expert help in creating their dream car by using the Atelier Maserati, just like they would for a suit styled by a master tailor.
The Atelier provides examples of the available options for the interior thanks to a special table showing color samples of the leathers, the carpets, the stitching and the finishes. Clients can also browse colors for the interior and exterior and see and even feel for themselves how the different materials combine with one another, allowing them to check the options selected on the Car Configurator.

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

The Best Volante…everAston Martin Vanquish Volante img1

The Aston Martin Vanquish, the ultimate grand tourer, the stunning product of 100 years of Aston Martin Power, Beauty & Soul. How to enhance the character and capability of our Super GT? Simple; the same engineering expertise, the same dynamic performance, the same world-leading design – but the thrill of open top driving.

Sculpted Beauty & Strength

Proportion, presence, purity. Vanquish Volante delivers the most beautiful body-shape in its class. Subtle changes needed extensive design work. All new aerodynamically tuned decklid and tonneau. New full-height windscreen with glass directly meeting roof. First fully carbon-fibre skinned Volante. Taking something away allowed us to add so much more.

Easy to Look at.Hard to Achieve

Producing the same range-topping performance achieved in Vanquish Coupe in Vanquish Volante was an engineering challenge – a challenge we passed. Powered by the same AM11 V12 engine, acceleration of 4.1secs and peak power of 573PS ensures this is the quickest accelerating Volante we’ve produced. It’s also the stiffest with a body which maintains all the dynamic agility of Vanquish Coupe.

Sophisticated Design & Technology  

Vanquish Volante is the most technologically innovative convertible we’ve ever made, truly engineered to be a convertible. The three layer lightweight fabric roof takes just 14secs to fold, operating at up to 30mph. 1000W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound system monitors and adapts based on open-top conditions. Boot loading capacity is more than 50% higher than DBS Volante, the same if the roof is up or down.

Luxury from Top Down

All of the finishes, the authentic materials, the exquisite details from Vanquish Coupe – but more eyes will enjoy them. The all-new centre stack inspired by One-77 combines elegance and ergonomics. A cabin that can be tailored in thousands of unique colour and material combinations offers bold contrasts or subtle styling.

Design

Purity through Evolution

2012 saw Vanquish unveiled to acclaim – exceptional technology combined with pure beauty. Our world-leading design team created a car instantly recognisable as Aston Martin but with a bold new look; lithe and honed, elegant and muscular. To create Vanquish Volante our designers worked to refine a convertible body shape. Retaining proportion and balance, ensuring exact aerodynamic performance, creating distinctive convertible styling. In our Centenary year we present the Ultimate Volante.

Great Design From Simplicity

A roof that’s simple to use and simple to change. We designed Vanquish Volante without complication or clutter. Taking just 14 secs to remove, with just one button push, the lightweight fabric roof fits snugly beneath the tonneau cover with no impact on exterior styling.
What’s more, you don’t have to stop, the Vanquish Volante roof can be folded at up to 30mph

Sophistication & Power

“Vanquish Volante is a sports car, but more even than that it is the ultimate Volante. A car which follows a long line of elegant Aston Martin convertibles, this super GT is sculpted to convey sophistication as much as raw power.

Exquisite Form, Advanced Function

Advanced carbon-fibre allowed us to create the now iconic Vanquish rear aero-duct. Optimised for Vanquish Volante this single moulded piece improves downforce and aerodynamic performance. Taking over two days to make, this integral part combines detailed craftsmanship and purity of form. Vanquish Volante also sees the subtle integration of the rear stop lamp, blending it into the surface of the decklid.

Designed for Performance

Only Aston Martin could create a convertible which maintained the aerodynamic performance of a coupe. Stability at speed. Sharp cornering. Minimised drag. The combination of re-engineered body panels and the advanced rear aero-duct help create balance and lift whether the roof is up of down.

Pure, Flowing Lines

An enhanced, flowing front profile from a new full-height windscreen. A first for Aston Martin, we’ve removed the top body coloured surround and extended the windscreen to meet the fabric roof. Improved visibility and a cleaner profile, Vanquish Volante once again combines design and engineering in one stunning package.

A Suit of Carbon

Vanquish is the first Aston Martin Volante to be sculpted entirely from carbon-fibre. The only material we could use to create the exterior form our designers wanted. Lightweight but with a phenomenal strength-to-weight ratio this advanced material allowed our designers to create the muscular yet smooth form befitting our Super GT. Exposed carbon-fibre styling also offers a subtle contrast to paint and brightwork to create a striking visual effect.

One Car, Two Appearances

We created a profile that looks beautiful with roof up or down. Vanquish Volante’s key feature saw intensive design work. You can contrast exterior paint, roof colour and interior design as Vanquish Volante adds further personalisation to an extensive palette. Subtle, sporting or luxurious colours can be blended to create the Vanquish you want, twice.

Great Sounds – Even when Inside is Outside

A sophisticated package also sounds sophisticated. The 1000w Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system – specially developed for Vanquish Volante – coming as standard. Sound equalisation constantly monitors cabin noise and changes audio settings. With thirteen speakers, all built discreetly and consistently into the cabin. Roof up, or roof down, Vanquish Volante always sounds great.

More Luxurious & More Practical

Vanquish Volante combines, elegance, performance and practicality. One stunning number tells the story – 50% more boot capacity than DBS Volante. With 279ltrs of storage our engineers used the carbon-fibre structure to achieve more rear room. Some convertibles reduce capacity for roof-down driving, not Vanquish, rear boot capacity is always consistent.

An Interior fit for displayAston Martin Vanquish Volante img5

Vanquish introduced a new benchmark for GT luxury. Vanquish Volante goes further. Our craftsmen work only with authentic materials to create an interior of outright luxury. Real metal, real glass, real carbon-fibre used in the finest cabin we’ve ever created. How that cabin looks is up to you; a selection of five leather types, over thirty leather colours, more than forty threads – all yours to choose from.

Technical

State-of-the-art Engine Technology

Blistering performance levels from the most powerful Volante we’ve ever created. The advanced AM11 V12 engine delivers 620Nm of torque, 573 PS (565 BHP) of peak power and a sprint of just 4.1 secs. Breakthrough engine technology; machined combustion chambers, enlarged throttle bodies and knock sensing ensure AM11 delivers power throughout the rev range. The thrill of open-top driving is delivered by class-leading technical expertise.

Direct Power Delivery

A powertrain lowered by 19mm versus DBS Volante means Vanquish Volante has incredible agility. A front mid-engine, rear transaxle layout contributes to a near perfect 51:49 weight distribution for outstanding dynamic ability so when Vanquish is pushed, Vanquish always delivers.

The Core of what we doAston Martin Vanquish img7

Globally renowned, the latest Gen4 evolution of our VH architecture sits at the heart of Vanquish Volante. Re-engineered for the unique challenges of a convertible, our VH architecture combines bonded aluminium with carbon fibre creating a light but stiff core. New underfloor panels tie the tub together on both engine and transmission bays. A new rear subframe spreads load evenly through the structure. From core to skin, this is breakthrough technology.

A Stiff Target

We wanted to produce the same driving experience in Vanquish Volante as we’d achieved in Vanquish Coupe. The key? Torsional rigidity. The most rigid Volante we’ve ever made is an incredible 14% stiffer than DBS Volante. The re-engineered VH architecture delivers key benefits; thicker sill gauge, new engine bay struts – managing front load, a hollow aluminium subframe – reducing weight by 10%.
The benefits are instantly clear as Vanquish Volante gives razor-sharp steering feedback. With lower steering corruption , less bodyroll and predictable handling, the intensive work we did at the heart of Vanquish Volante impacts the complete driving experience.

Revolutionary Carbon Body

Advanced aerospace standard carbon-fibre saves weight and helps achieve a revolutionary new body structure. 50% more boot space from carbon-fibre rear panels, minimising weight outside the wheelbase and increasing agility. Like Vanquish Coupe, Vanquish Volante is also cloaked in a suit of carbon. Derived from our GT race-car programme carbon-fibre allows the creation of unbroken exterior lines, improving aerodynamics and helping our designers realise a muscular exterior form.

Ultimate Driving Dynamics

The Ultimate Volante performs with outstanding dynamics and maximum ride comfort. The same 3-stage adaptive damping system developed for Vanquish Coupe makes its Volante debut, tuned for perfect convertible performance. Recalibrated for the weight and stiffness characteristics of a Volante body structure this advanced new system allows complete control whatever the conditions. 3rd generation Brembo Carbon Ceramic brakes are also introduced for lightning quick response with virtually no fade.

Material Engineering

Re-engineered multi-layer roof fabric produces a new level of comfort and protection. A weatherproof outer canopy combines rubber for noise reduction, acrylic twill and polyester lining. A middle Thinsulate interlayer aids heat retention and Rokona headlining on the inside of the roof is an integral part of the cabin finish. Warm, protective and stylish – the roof of Vanquish Volante uses advanced material engineering.

World-Class Sounds

13 speakers deliver the greatest sound system ever integrated on an Aston Martin. The industry-leading Bang&Olufsen BeoSound automatically monitors and adapts for cabin noise to deliver perfect audio quality.
Each speaker is enclosed in an air-tight cabinet, reducing interference and deliver sharp precise sounds. Acoustic Lens tweeters (ALT) project have integrated reflective surfaces to spread sound horizontally through the cabin. Integrated with rubber to remove door rattles each ALT rises smoothly when the system is activated. You’ll never notice the engineering, but you’ll certainly notice the sound it creates.

Passenger Comfort & Security

Our cars are driven by design, not by legislation. Patented solutions ensure passenger comfort and security is at the heart of what we do. Side curtain airbags mounted discreetly on the door upper trim combine with driver and rear passenger airbags. A redeveloped front profile introduces a new pedestrian protection system integrated underneath the bonnet. Our advanced ‘Rollover Protection System’ deploys hidden spikes from behind both rear headrests. Removing the tonneau trim cover and shattering the rear screen to provide protection for driver and passengers in the event of an accident.

Tested to Extremes

Ideal for hot weather driving, Vanquish Volante has been tested to extremes in both warm and cold temperatures. The multi-layer fabric roof reduces noise but also seals effectively to maintain warmth. Building on the advanced programme which ensured Vanquish Coupe was the most intensively tested car we’ve ever made, Vanquish Volante goes even further with a specific programme for the unique demands of convertible engineering.

Specifications

Body

  • Two-door Volante style with 2+2 seating
  • New generation bonded aluminium and carbon fibre VH structure
  • Aluminium, magnesium alloy and carbon-fibre composite body
  • Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
  • Single bi-xenon headlamps with LED sidelights
  • LED light blade rear lamps and LED side repeaters

Engine

  • All-alloy, independent quad variable camshaft timing, 48-valve, 5,935 cc V12
  • Compression ratio 11.0:1
  • Front-mid mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
  • Six three-way catalytic convertors
  • Max power: 573 PS (565 bhp) at 6,750 rpm
  • Max torque: 620 Nm (457 lb ft) at 5,500 rpm
  • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.1 seconds (estimated)
  • Max speed: 295 km/h (183 mph)

Transmission

  • Rear-mid mounted, six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic/sequential manual gearbox
  • Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
  • Limited-slip differential

Dimensions

  • Length: 4728mm (inc. front number plate plinth)
  • Wheelbase: 2740mm
  • Width: 2067mm (inc. mirrors)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 78 litres (17.2 Imp.galls, 20.5 US galls)
  • Height: 1294mm
  • Weight: 1844 kg

Brakes

  • Front: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398mm diameter with six-piston calipers
  • Rear: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360mm diameter with four-piston calipers
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Positive Torque Control (PTC)
  • Traction Control
  • Launch Control

Brakes

  • Front: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398mm diameter with six-piston calipers
  • Rear: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360mm diameter with four-piston calipers
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Positive Torque Control (PTC)
  • Traction Control
  • Launch Control

Wheels & tyres

  • Front: 9J x 20’’ Pirelli P Zero 255/35 ZR20
  • Rear: 11.5J x 20’’ Pirelli P Zero 305/30 ZR20

Steering

  • Speed-dependent electronically controlled rack and pinion power-assisted steering, 2.6 turns lock-to-lock. Column tilt and reach adjustment