Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic World Debut in Geneva

Just as expected, Maserati today unveiled the GranTurismo S Automatic at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show, together with the new Quattroporte Sport GT S, which marked its European premiere.

Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic incorporates a 4.7-liter V8 engine that produces a maximum output of 440 horsepower (323 kW) at 7000 rpm and a maximum torque of 490 Nm at 4,750 rpm. Just like its name suggests, the upgraded model features a ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox that improves both the engine performances and fuel economy, as mentioned in a press statement issued by Maserati.

In addition, the car integrates slight styling modifications, including the restyled under-door mini-skirts that "enhances the dynamism of its profile", as the automaker praised in the statement. The car is now wearing 20-inch wheel rims based on the "Trident"design as standard.

Equipment levels have also been upgraded, with Bluetooth support now included as standard while iPod interface coming as optional. Passive safety is further improved with a new-generation of passenger airbag technology with Low Risk Deployment functionality, Maserati explained.

Previous Maserati GranTurismo models were equipped with either a 4.2-liter with automatic transmission or a 4.7-liter with electro-actuated gearboxes, but the new combination of 6-speed auto tranny and 4.7-liter engine is expected to improve both performances and ride smoothness.

Unfortunately, performance details are pretty limited for the time being, so we cannot tell you for sure how fast the car is capable of accelerating from to 100 km/h. However, the standard model year 2008 GranTurismo S achieved a maximum speed of 183.3 mph (295 km/h), with 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds.
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