Maserati launches the GranTurismo S Automatic


maserati-granturismo-s-automaticItalian-based sports car maker Maserati, has added another variant to the GranTurismo line up here in Singapore. Called the GranTurismo S Automatic, this gorgeous coupe with the ‘Trident’ insignia allows it’s owners to enjoy all 440HP in a smoother fashion thanks to a 6 speed ZF automatic transmission, instead of making do with a slightly aggressive Ferrari-sourced semi automatic tranny, called the MC-Shift.

With the ZF transmission, gear changes are of course slightly slower, but much smoother, allowing the driver and passengers to enjoy a smoother ride during upshift and downshifts, and lets face it, there are a large number of owners out there who would find the aggressiveness of the semi-automatic rather unnecessary, hence the standard automatic is introduced.

The Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic shares the same powerplant found in the GranTurismo S, which is a 4.7 liter V8 (4691 cc V90° engine) that is capable of 440HP at 7,000 revs and 490Nm of torque at 4,750 revs. With the auto tranny, the coupe is able to hit 295 km/h in terms of top speed, and can accelerate to 100 km/h in a respectable 5.0 seconds flat.

With the automatic tranny, gear changes can be made at up 7,200 revs. It also comes with four function modes, including Auto Normal for comfortable cruising, Auto Sport for those who would like a sportier ride, Auto ICE for low grip conditions and then there is also a Manual mode. In manual, it is the driver who chooses when to change gear via the steering wheel paddles.

The GranTurismo S with the semi-automatic tranny delivers the same top speed, but with a 0-100 km/h sprint of 4.9 seconds, just 0.1 seconds quicker. According to the auto maker, the S Automatic returns 100 kilometers of driving range with 15.23 liters of fuel, based an combined cycle. On Urban cycle consumption, it does the same with 25.8 liters of fuel (ouch!), but who cares? With a car like that, I am sure you wouldn’t mind if it consumes 30 liters!

With a weight distribution of 49:51, the GranTurismo S Automatic comes with the Skyhook suspension system as standard. This technology uses shock absorbers with an aluminium body to continually adjust the damping. Skyhook automatically selects the optimal level of damping and integrates with the MSP safety system and the calibration of the car’s automatic gearbox. The result is that the car is able to adapt to the characteristics of each driver.

So what is the damage? Well it starts from S$ 465,000 with COE, which is both S$ 30,000 cheaper than a GranTurismo S, and more than a standard GranTurismo. Continue reading to view more images of the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic. There is also a 2 minute 38 second-long promotional video of the 440HP beauty, enjoy!

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