Maserati is at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show with four models: the luxury SUV Kubang, the GranTurismo Sport, the GranTurismo S Automatica and the GranCabrio Sport. The Kubang is the model that marks the entry of the prestigious Italian manufacturer in the SUV market and has been developed alongside American ally Chrysler: the design of the car was created at the Maserati Style Center and all its key mechanical features (meaning brakes, steering, suspension and electronics) have been developed by Italian engineers.
The Maserati GranTurismo Sport was premiered at the recent 2012 Geneva Motor Show and is pushed by a powerful 4.7-litre V8 engine delivering 460 hp and 520 Nm of maximum torque. This unit can be mated to a 6-speed “MC Shift” sequential or a 6-speed automatic gearbox: with the former the GranTurismo Sport would hit the 100 km/h (62 mph) mark from standstill in just 4.7 seconds, with the latter it will need 4.8 seconds to do that, reaching 300 km/h (186 mph) of top speed with both gearboxes.
The Maserati GranTurismo S Automatica instead is powered by a 4.7-litre unit delivering 440 hp and 490 Nm of peak torque and uses a 6-speed automatic gearbox that uses four driving modes: Auto Normal, Auto Sport, Auto ICE and even manual. Top speed for this car is 295 km/h (183 mph), while the 0-100 km/h sprint time is rated at 5 secs. The already known GranCabrio Sport comes with a 4.7-litre unit credited with an output of 450 hp and 510 Nm of torque which pushes the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds with 285 km/h (177 mph) of top speed.
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