MASERATI Family: Cars to definitely ogle at

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Supercars have one thing in common, Speed!

But, what sets some super cars apart than the rest is the name. Maserati is one of the more unique names in the super car segment. It has cars belonging to various segments. Built for a niche crowd, here is a sneak peek into some of the prominent offerings by Maserati:

MASERATI QUATTROPORTE:

Maserati’s Quattroporte is a 4-door sports luxury saloon. Its name translates to four doors in Italian. There have been 6 generations of this car, with the first introduction in 1963 and the current model that was launched in 2013.

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Engine:

The Quattroporte from Maserati comes in 3 different variants. The S model produces 404 HP with its 3-liter V6 engine that has a rear wheel drive. The S Q4 model is an all-wheel drive. Lastly, the GTS comes with a 523 HP producing 3.8 Liter V8 engine and has rear-wheel drive. All these cars have twin-turbo charged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V8 aluminum block and heads engine with direct fuel injection that come married to an 8-speed automatic.

The 2014 model is reborn and Maserati’s big sedan named Quattroporte comes with plenty of updates. The Quattroporte comes as the brand’s 4-door saloon. It is as stylish as ever and offers luxury and performance in equal doses with a choice of the aforementioned engines. In the gas mileage front, the Quattroporte features a mileage of 13 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway. Both combined, the Quattroporte provides 16 miles per gallon.

 

Design:

The predecessor has no similarity with its predecessor. The vehicle hosts crisp creases and has angular accents that dominates its exterior design. It carries an ovoid grille with a large trident emblem sets the tone at the nose, sweeping up to the curved hood and into the fenders. A character line traces along the side and over the flanks, into a simple, understated rear end. The overall effect is one of refinement and class, as well as emotive style.

 

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On the inside, the car looks much more subdued and well executed. It carries satin wood and fine leather finish that compliment the vehicle’s metal accents in a pretty clean and two-tonal finish.

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In terms of features, this Maserati features a 1,280-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system; the Maserati Touch Control screen; adjustable pedals; and a reverse camera. The car also has an optional in-car Wi-Fi system standard on all Quattroporte models.

MASERATI GHIBLI:

Being just a year old, Maserati Ghibli was introduced with the goal of boosting sales worldwide. The new Ghibli  is a scaled down version of the older Quattroporte.  With rivals like Mercedes-Benz CLS, Audi A7, BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe and the Jaguar XF, here is Maserati Ghibli .

Engine:

The Ghibli  gets its power from a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that is the older cousin of the Quattroporte. The Ghibli comes in 2 outputs; Standard and S Q4. The S Q4 version produces a mighty 404 HP and is an incredible machine. Maserati says the Ghibli accelerates to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds, topping out at 177 mph.

The vehicle comes mated on to an 8-speed automatic transmission engine that follows up as standard across all the Ghibli models. The vehicle offers manual-shift mode as well. The Q4 is an all-wheel-drive Maserati that distributes torque from rear to the front.

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The vehicle comes in different choices of driving modes that range from economy, normal and sport.

 

Design:

Ghibli shares quite a simple and brilliant design from Maserati. The car has a relatively compact car for its class and it is quite brilliantly rendered with a deep shoveled nose bearing a trident badge and grille, sleekly sculpted fenders, and a pert rear end with a roofline that’s the chief link between it and the Q-Porte.

 

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In terms of interiors, the Ghibli shares quite a sober environment. It is quite modern in appearance and its dash is shaped like one of its relatives from the Fiat Chrysler Group, the Jeep Cherokee. It’s distanced from its origins with layers of leather and opulent trim choices like open-pore wood, and fitted with huge, cold-to-the-touch paddles for shifting. Still, some lesser cues show up in some plastic trim, in the parts-bin switches and buttons.

 

MASERATI GRANTURISMO:

Maserati’s Gran Turismo is quite an extraordinary and brilliantly built high-performance 6-figure coupe or convertible. This is spectacularly built and makes quite the sound too:

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Engine:

Although the Gran Turismo’s engine doesn’t make it devastating but leaves no scope in terms of speed. The Turismo gets its power from a Ferrari-derived 4.2-liter V8 engine that delivers over 400 bhp of power. Boasting its speed from 0-100 takes just 5.2 seconds and the car flings it at 177 mph tops. The car also has a 4.7-liter twin that carries a sports badge and churns out 450 bhp of power and hits 0-100 in just 4.2 seconds.

Design:

The design language on the Gran Turismo consists of accurate curves placed at the right places. The interiors of this car are quite well appointed with plenty of luxury. The exteriors of this car are quite exotic and they come wrapped around a temperamental hardware. The new Gran Turismo comes with a new and slightly tweaked front fascia. The model Sports a bixenon illuminated LED and has adaptive  lighting control. The sports model has the addition of side skirts that come as standard. It also has enlarged fender vents, new mirrors and 20-inch wheels.

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Standard technology features include leather-lined cockpit, Bose Sound system with satellite radio, iPod Connectivity as well as a parking warning system that are tuned for various kinds of curbs.

On the inside, this car can easily seat 4 people without a frown. Although the headroom has been compromised a tad, the passengers can comfortably arrange themselves. Seat boast their finesse with special leather design. The vehicle also has a 30GB Hard Drive to save files on the go.

MASERATI GRANCABRIO:

Based on the 2001 coupé that had just 2 seats, the Gran Cabrio came into existence. Before the GranCabrio, the only other four-seat convertible Maseratis were produced by two coachbuilding firms in the 1930s. The Italian firm Castagna and British company RAG Patents both used Maserati’s 26M as the starting point for their convertibles. The GranCabrio has however set a new benchmark for Maserati as it is the first time maserati has produced a four-seat convertible. The heritage of maserati has definitely passed on to this stunning-looking Cabrio.

Engine:

The very name suggests that the GranCabrio is based on the GranTurismo. The coupé is available with either a 4.2 or a 4.7-litre V8, and a choice of a conventional automatic or automated manual gearbox. That said, there is just one GranCabrio engine/gearbox combo: a 4.7-litre automatic. However it can be had in standard or more focused Sport trims. Maserati has also introduced the MC variant to the Grancabrio range. It draws on the styling of the stripped-out MC Stradale GranTurismo, but with no mechanical changes.

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Design:

The GranCabrio covers a space of 4.9 m and this makes it quite a long car. Maserati has opted for a canvas roof over a folding metal design. The triple-layer roof, available in a choice of six colors, takes 28 seconds to close and can be operated on the move at speeds below 19mph. The construction of the GranCabrio is as pleasing as any other maserati and comes fitted with all the proportional bells and whistles suited for a comfort seeker.

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Wrap up:

Maserati holds its own level of reputation on the streets. These models are by-far the most sought after names. What do you feel about Maserati as a brand?

Do comment below.

Virtual Racers From the World of Gran Turismo

Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

Ideas are quite often difficult to reproduce in reality. Though the sheer vastness of our imagination is almost unimaginable, the laws of physics and mathematics continually inhibit our own fantasies. A major reason behind the massive success of video games is the fact that the video game world provides a way out for our reveries. Endless possibilities combined with an infinite number of ways to adjust the laws of nature has allowed the gaming industry to design beautiful visual constructs previously only comprehensible within the mind’s eye .

Gran Turismo is one such game. A PlayStation exclusive, Gran Turismo has become an extremely popular racing franchise renowned for its realistic racing dynamics as well as an impressive aggregation of locale and cars to choose from. Although Need For Speed is still right on top in the racing genre, GT has been recognized as one of the few games that adhere very closely to real life physics and thus acting as more of a focused simulator than an out and out racing arcade game.

For the franchise’s sixth release, Gran Turismo 6, the studio behind the game has taken a different route. Unlike most racing games that source their car range from existing models or concepts, Polyphony Digital, the developers behind the game approached design firms and major car manufacturers to create concepts exclusively for the game. What came soon after was a stunning amalgam of concepts showcasing what auto-makers are capable of, if it weren’t for feasibility studies or budget constraints.

1. Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo:

The first and still the wildest, Mercedes Benz unveiled the AMG Vision Gran Turismo in the flesh (metal?) earlier this year at the LA Auto Show. A purposeful show of magnificence, the AMG Vision GT is no wallflower. Mercedes Benz’s addition for the PlayStation racer is powered by a twin turbocharged V8 that produces 585 HP.

Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
The Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

2. BMW Vision Gran Turismo:

Unlike Mercedes’ concept, BMW’s Vision Gran Turismo concept is a far more restrained offering from Germany. Based off the current gen 2 Series, the Vision GT is a focused track ready grand tourer. Draped in classic BMW M Division livery, the Vision GT paints a picture of what the manufacturer could produce in an ideal automotive world. BMW has always been known for developing some of the most well balanced sports cars of this generation. And The Vision Gran Turismo is no exception. Built for the track, the BMW’s take on an ideal sports car looks more production ready than most concepts unveiled by manufacturers at motor shows.

BMW Vision Gran Tursimo
BMW Vision Gran Tursimo

Powering the virtual racer is a 3.0 L turbocharged straight six engine that produces 549 HP and a whopping 677 Nm of torque.

3. Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo:

Japanese car maker Mitsubishi has slowly been pulling models from its lineup across the globe. Falling sales figures and the recent announcement of the discontinuation of the company’s critically acclaimed Lancer Evolution has left fans of the legendary rally marque second guessing about the car maker’s future. However, that hasn’t stopped our beloved Mitsubishi from unveiling a no-holds barred Evolution.

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo
The Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo

The Concept  XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo is a hunkered down track focused hybrid. The flared wheel arches and lowered stance of the saloon hint at a more racing oriented approach rather than a rally driven development.

4. Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo:

VW’s series of hot hatchbacks have been extremely popular since the ’80s. The German car maker’s Golf and Sirocco hot hatches offer good performance at affordable rates. For the Gran Turismo however, the German car maker has gone all out.

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Volkswagen’s GTI Roadster Concept

Powering the GTI Roadster is a 3.0 L twin turbocharged V6 that puts out a mammoth 500 HP and 600 Nm of torque. The massive power from such a small car allows the GTI to hit 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.

5. Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo:

A glimpse into the future of Nissan’s critically acclaimed GT-R, the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo may soon become a reality in the near future. Unlike most cars featured in this article, the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT may be in the pipelines as a future product. The 2020 Vision concept borrows design elements from the current GT-R as well as some retro design cues closely resembling the IDx Freeflow revealed earlier this year.

 

Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo
The Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

6. Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo:

Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year, Aston Martin’s Utopian supercar is a mid engined V12 rocketship. Unlike most Aston Martin’s, the DP-100 is more of a racer than a grand tourer. The twin turbocharged 6.0 L V12 produces a whopping 800 HP making it the most powerful Aston Martin ever conceived. Similar to an earlier concept, the DP-100 will influence future design languages implemented by the English marque.

 

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Aston’s Wildly Monstrous DP-100 Concept

7. Toyota FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo:

The final addition to an insane list of cars, the Toyota FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo is a fitting tribute to the once mighty Supra. Based of a recent Supra concept, the FT-1 is a return to its roots. Since 2007, Toyota has regressed to making family MUVs and cheap sedans to maintain profits. The days of tarmac shredding Supra’s and Celica’s have come to close. However, with the new FT-1 Vision GT, the Japanese automaker may make a return into the world of burnouts and drifting. A world we welcome with arms wide open.

Toyota FT-1 Concept
Toyota FT-1 Concept