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Monday, May 19, 2014

Double Celebration of Maserati Centennial

Maserati’s GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition coupes
and convertibles are inspired by Maserati’s historic
sports-luxury cars with authentic race-bred engineering.
Photo courtesy of Maserati.
Back in December I’d said Maserati was celebrating their centennial this year but didn’t seem to have any plans for a centennial edition car. Happily, I was wrong, and at the New York Auto Show they surprised everyone with not one but two centennial edition Maseratis.

Yep, two GranTurismo MCs, a coupe and a convertible. May have to put one of each in the virtual garage. Unlike many anniversary versions of cars, these come with lots of choices. There are three unique exterior colour schemes, or you can pick from the four existing GranTurismo MC choices. All seven exterior colours have an associated matching interior. You can see two of the three unique  “three-layer” paint choices in the accompanying photos—Magma Red and Inchiostro Blue. They’re said to represent the colours in the Maserati logo. The red, white, and blue of the logo show up in the interior details as well.

Black leather interior on seats, dashboard and wrapped steering wheel
are offset by red and white stitching on the full-length seat profiles
 - headrests offer Maserati’s embroidered Trident logo.
Photo courtesy of Maserati

Plenty of wheel choices, too, though they all carry the centenary logo, which comes in Smoke or Charcoal. But of course what you really want to know is what’s under the hood. No choices there. You get a (and I quote, to make sure the details are right), “454 HP, 4.7 liter V8, combined with a ZF 6-speed Automatic transmission, providing superb performance and a top speed of 185 mph. Dual cast Brembo brakes and sport-tuned MC suspension also come standard.” The centennial editions should be showing up in dealerships this July.
The GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition convertible has a 
special 3-layer paint finish of Inchiostro Blue,
representing a traditional color of Bologna,
the town where Maserati was founded in 1914.
Photo courtesy of Maserati.



[SOURCE Maserati]

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