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2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport Launched in Kuala Lumpur

When you are fighting the blue Monday earlier this week, Naza Italia took the chance by launching the 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport officially in Malaysia.

2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport

The Maserati GranTurismo Sport is powered by 4.7-litre all-alloy V8 engine with 460hp (338kW) @ 7,000rpm and 520Nm of max torque, peaking at 4,750rpm. The meaty V8 is mated with either 6-speed automatic (MC Auto Shift) or electro-actuated 6-speed (MC Shift) transmissions.  The V8 engine emits 331gram/km of CO2 and sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds with a maximum speed up to 300km/h.

The car weights between 1,780kg and 1,880kg, which is good to stabilise and balance the car during high speed. The suspension system is now revised with new generation of the Sport Skyhook active damping system for improved handling and ride comfort. The braking system is enhanced with dual cast, cross-drilled, grooved discs and Brembo callipers.  Based on the given figure, the car is capable to start from 100-0km/h in less than 35m distances.

2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport

The craftsmanship of the interior is superb with top class materials. The all seats are upgraded to have better support and comfort. A flat-bottomed steering wheel is adopted to provide more knee room and legroom to the driver.

For V8 engine sound lovers, the GranTurismo Sport’s oval exhaust tips generate an even richer sound. By switching on the Sport button, a natural engine note will be accentuated. In the Sport-Manual mode, the exhaust system diverts the exhaust gases down a shorter route to the exhaust tips, generating a richer, and more exhaust note with V8 beat.

2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport

The 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport was officially launched in Malaysia by sole importer and distributor – Naza Italia Sdn Bhd, at its 3S flagship showroom in Petaling Jaya, next to Ferrari’s showroom. Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman and CEO of Naza Group of Companies, Datuk Maureen Mohd Said, Senior VP 4 Wheels Naza Motor Group, Encik Wan Ahmad, GM Naza Italia Sdn Bhd and Mr. Gaetano Marino, Regional Director Maserati Asia Pacific were present at the launch. 

The new GranTurismo Sport is priced from RM 1,118,000 in Peninsular Malaysia.

For those folks who shopping for a luxurious car will certainly be “seduced” by the GranTurismo Sport’s styling and performance. So, what is your choice now? A Porsche 911 Turbo or Maserati GranTurismo Sport?

 Photo Gallery: Maserati GranTurismo Sport Launch in Malaysia

2011 Melbourne Motor Show Concept Cars Summary

At the 2011 Melbourne Motor Show, many exhibitors have exhibited their future products and concept cars. In total, there are no less than 14 concept cars. Thank you, John (our mate) from Down Under for passing some photos taken at the Motor Show to us. 

 

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Toyota Motor Corp., Japan’s biggest automaker had showcased its FT-86 II and Prius C City Car concepts. For its luxury brand – Lexus, the LF-Gh concept was there.

 

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Mazda set in the Minagi at the show. The car looks like production ready and Mazda will make use of this model with minor changes to become the new CX-5. Besides, Mazda also showcase the rear-wheel-drive Shinari at Melbourne Motor Show. Sadly, the Mazda Shinari will not be in production but purely to showcase the Mazda new design styling – Kodo – Soul of Motion.

 

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What’s more, Mitsubishi show-off its plug-in hybrid SUV – PX-MiEV. This vehicle is powered by 70kW/125Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors, one each for the front and rear axle.

 

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Suzuki exhibits its Suzuki Swift S-Concept. It is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, the S-Concept has bigger wheel arches, more antagonistic bumpers, a large wing spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels.

 

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Subaru revealed their compact SUV concept and presented it as Subaru Impreza XV at the motor show. Do you think this could be the model that will be local assembly in Malaysia by Tan Chong Group?

 

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For the Korean marquee, Hyundai presented a fuel cell electric drive train vehicle – Blue2. The electric motor delivers 90kW of power.

 

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For the German automakers, BMW displayed its concept super car – Vision EfficientDynamics. Basically, it’s a hybrid car with an electric motor and a 3-cylinder turbo-diesel will together produce 241kW of power, and take the car from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds.

 

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 Audi presented their e-tron which powered by four electric motors over each wheel with a total of 230kW.

 

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It seems like most of the automakers are firm with the Hybrid or Electric Motors technology besides Mazda. The Swedish Volvo presented its V60 Plug-in hybrid. The drive train features a 150kW/440Nm 2.4-litre five-cylinder diesel engine and a 50kW/200Nm electric motor located at the back and powering the rear wheels. Electric-only range is 50km, fuel consumption is rated at 1.9L/100km and zero to 100km/h can be done in 6.9 seconds.

 

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The Australian automaker, Holden showcased its new 2012 Holden Colorado UTE. Although the production model due on sale in 2012 but the options are expected not be as extreme as the car display at the show. Above and beyond, the production version of its Australian designed Holden Cruze Hatchback is displayed as show-car as well.

 

If you missed out the 2011 Melbourne Motor Show like us, you can now check out the photo gallery below.

 

Photo Gallery: 2011 Melbourne Motor Show 1-10 July 2011

Demand For Super Cars Is Surging In China

The demand of super cars in surging in China, the appetite for supercars has been stimulated by economic expansion of 9.7%, rising property prices and a strengthening yuan. Deliveries of high-end cars may rise 35% this year in the world’s fastest-growing major economy, consultants Bain & Co. said.

 

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Probably this able to spell the reasons why all super cars maker like Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini launches their entire new model first in Greater China.

 

The story sounds at critical level. At the Beijing Sports Car Club, a USD 220,000 Porsche 911 consider as an entry-level model. Members are competing with counterparts who race USD 3.9 million Tramontanas and USD 4.3 million Bugatti Veyron 16.4s.

 

The car culture is developing in China very fast, said Jose Cremades, the local distributor for Spanish brand a.d. Tramontana. The older generation still thinks about saving. The new generation thinks about spending.

 

The number of millionaires in China jumped 31% last year to more than 1.1 million, and with an average age of 39, they are 15 years younger than their U.S. and European peers. Car clubs, nonexistent in the country two years ago, provide enthusiasts with a venue to demonstrate their vehicles and carmakers an opportunity to win more converts.

Largest Gathering of Local Exotic Supercars in Malaysia at Space u8

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The local exotic supercars like Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and Maseratis assembled at Space u8, Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam as a prelude to the 2011 Supercar Charity Challenge, during which the participants intend to raise funds for orphanages in Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor.

 

We’re thrilled to offer space u8′s magnificent 70,000 sq ft courtyard as the staging and flag off venue for the charity event because we certainly have the space to accommodate them and it reflects the mall’s identity as a fun, lifestyle location, said Chief Executive Officer of space u8, Raja Ahmad Nizam Raja Razali.

 

In a follow up to the flag-off on 20 May 2011 from space u8, the mall which is located in the Bukit Jelutong Township will also host the inaugural Shah Alam Motor Show from 23 – 26 June which will be open to the public, offering an exciting range of activities for car enthusiasts and their families.

 

space u8 is gearing up for our soft launch a little later this year and this is our way of inviting people for a fun filled sneak preview while contributing to charity as we’re also a main sponsor of the Supercar Charity Challenge, added Raja Nizam.

 

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2011 Maserati Gran Cabrio Sport at the Geneva Motor Show

Maserati makes its worldwide preview of the 2011 Maserati Gran Cabrio Sport at the Geneva Motor Show 2011.

 

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The 2011 Maserati Gran Cabrio Sport powered by all-alloy naturally aspirated 4.7-litre V8 engine. This engine produces 331 kW (450hp) with a peak torque of 510 Nm. Maserati’s Friction Reduction Program has made the GranCabrio Sport’s engine more reactive to the driver’s most-nuanced inputs, while reaching a 6% reduction in fuel consumption. The top speed of the GranCabrio Sport is 285 km/h.

 

The mated ZF six-speed automatic transmission is equipped with the super-fast MC Auto Shift software and has been developed for the GranCabrio Sport directly from the transmission in the Quattroporte Sport GT S. The MC Auto Shift provides optimised gearshift response resulting in an even-greater engagement.

 

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The handling has received attention, too, with an upgrade and revision of the Skyhook active-suspension system – now with a sportier tuning – and the adoption of grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs.

 

Visually, the GranCabrio Sport is characterised by a more-pronounced dynamic look. This look begins at the GranCabrio’s distinctive nose with a black grille and a Trident with red accents. The headlights now have a black look with white sidemarks, while front corner splitters and the redesigned side skirts are both body coloured. The GranCabrio Sport also debuts a new body colour for Maserati: Rosso Trionfale inspired by the red Italian national colours used on 1950s racing Maseratis – in 1957, Juan Manuel Fangio won his fifth F1 World Title at the wheel of a red Maserati 250F.

 

The GranCabrio Sport will be on sale in all of Maserati’s 62 markets starting from mid-2011.

 

Photo Gallery: 2011 Maserati Gran Cabrio Sport