Maserati GranSport

A special Victory edition was unveiled at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show to celebrate the racing success of the Maserati MC12. This version featured extra carbon fiber body panels and interior trim. But long before that, in 2002, Maserati launched the Coupé and Spyder, based on the 3200 GT, which is not sold in the United States. Both models have a normally aspirated 4.2 L engine producing 390 bhp. The top speed is a whopping 177 mph, while the 0-60 mph acceleration time is a short 4.9 seconds. The V8 engine was designed by Ferrari but built by Maserati. The GranSport is a modified version of the Coupé and Spyder with aerodynamic body cladding, a chrome mesh grille, carbon-fiber interior trim and special 19-inch wheels. It uses the Skyhook active suspension, with a 0.4 in lower ride height, and the Cambiocorsa transmission is recalibrated for quicker shifts. The exhaust is also specially tuned to growl on start-up and full throttle. This is not only a sharp looking car, but also one that is built to be a pleasure to drive. It is equipped with a standard 4.2 liter, 90°, V8, 400 horsepower engine at 7000 rpm. A 6-speed paddle shift transmission comes as standard. The crankcase and cylinder heads are made of hardened aluminum silicon alloy. The aforementioned features obviously are not free or even cheap. The car costs about $98,000, but owners would assure it is well worth the price. Production began in 2004, at which point orders were taken and drivers geared up for the next best thing. Size wise, the car is 4523 mm long, 1822 mm wide, 1295 mm high and weighs 1580 kg. This is an appropriately sized vehicle that will certainly suit the needs of most, if not all, racers. But really, can one actually go wrong with a Maserati?