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From Enrico in the UK
 
CLASSIC ADDITIONS
 
 

"Dear Maseratisti,

When I started my business back in 1966, deals were often done on a handshake or by word of mouth. Alas the same cannot be said of today, so it was a refreshing change when I recently dealt with Classic Additions.

In October 2020, I ordered and paid for an interior cover for my son's classic car. He decided to wait to cover his car until circumstances arose when he could give his car a deep clean before fitting the cover.

Due to the circumstances of today, he was unable to clean his car until March this year (2021), some five months after the delivery of the cover. Having washed and polished his car he returned it to the garage and fitted his new cover. Alas the cover was too small as the cover was suitable for a saloon, and not for an estate car as I had ordered.

I immediately contacted Classic Additions explaining the circumstances that had led to our discovery of the fault, (please bear in mind that this is some five months after purchase), and ensured them that the cover had not been used prior to our our discovery.

I am delighted to tell you that Classic Additions were very understanding, apologised for their mistake and have now exchanged the unsuitable cover for one large enough to cover his car.

It's a great pity that there aren't many companies around like Classic Additions !

By the way they make great interior and exterior car coves !

Enrico."

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI F TRIBUTO SPECIAL EDITION

Maserati commemorates Fangio's victories in the 250F with a special edition:

 

Modena, 23 April 2021 ̵ Motorsports in its genes, power rooted in the spirit of pure competition, unprecedented wins and unrivalled achievements, Maserati celebrates its racing past with F Tributo Special Edition.

 

Maserati F Tributo Range
 

Maserati's racing debut was exactly 95 years ago; it was on 25 April 1926 that the first racing car to bear the Trident on its bonnet, the Tipo26, won the 1,500 cc class at the Targa Florio with Alfieri Maserati at the wheel.

28 years later, on 17 January 1954, Maserati made its debut in F1 and entered the pinnacle of world motorsports with the 250F driven by Juan Manuel Fangio. An iconic partnership, crowned by many victories, which Maserati is commemorating today in a fitting tribute.

 

Maserati F Tributo Ghibli

Maserati F Tributo Levante
 

The Brand's history in competition and its connection with the racing world inspired the new F Tributo Special Edition, which received its world premiere at Shanghai Auto Show 2021.

F for Fangio, the driver who made his mark on an Era. Tributo, in clear homage to the glorious victories of the past.

The special series is available on Ghibli and Levante in two exclusive colours ̵ Rosso Tributo and Azzurro Tributo ̵ and evokes Maserati's audacious spirit in this sporty version alluring in both looks and details.

 

Maserati Ghibli F Tributo Special Edition
 

Maserati_Ghibli_F_Tributo_Special_Edition-01a The reference to the glorious past is obvious even from the exterior. Red is the colour of Italian motorsports, and historically Maserati cars always raced in paintwork of this hue, which represented Italy in motor racing in the early years of the last century.

The bright, vibrant blue of Azzurro Tributo, on the other hand, reminds us that blue is one of the colours (together with yellow) of the City of Modena, the Brand's historic home.

There are further references to Fangio's 250F, which had a distinctive red and yellow livery, in the yellow brake calipers and the wheel trims.

To complete the exterior look, Levante F Tributo is fitted with Anteo 21" wheels in Black and Ghibli F Tributo with 21" Titano wheels in glossy black. There is a specific badge in glossy black on the wheel arch and the trident logo in body colour on the C̵pillar.

Finally, the shades of the exterior details are reflected on the interior in the red or yellow stitching combined with the Black full-grain "Pieno Fiore" leather.

 

Maserati F Tributo Ghibli

Maserati F Tributo Ghibli
 

Maserati F Tributo Ghibli

Maserati F Tributo Ghibli
 

Maserati F Tributo Ghibli

Maserati F Tributo Ghibli
 

Maserati F Tributo Levante

Maserati F Tributo Levante
 

Maserati F Tributo Levante

Maserati F Tributo Levante
 

Maserati F Tributo Levante

Maserati F Tributo Levante
 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
NEW MASERATI LEVANTE HYBRID

Opposites attract at the World Premiere of Maserati's first hybrid SUV:

both at the Shanghai Auto Show and virtually on houseof.maserati.com

 

Modena, 19 April 2021 ̵ The Maserati Levante Hybrid is presented to the world in both a physical and digital World Premiere event. In fact, the dual nature of Maserati is shown at the Shanghai Auto Show for its live presentation, and, for the rest of the world, in a virtual launch event on the brand's website (houseof.maserati.com).

 

Maserati Levante Hybrid

Maserati Levante Hybrid
 

With the Brand's first electrified SUV, Maserati takes a major step forward in its strategy for electrification, which began last year with the Ghibli Hybrid.

"Faster. Greener. Unique", Levante Hybrid is faster than a diesel, more sustainable than diesel or gasoline, and unique in its specific characteristics.

 

Maserati Levante Hybrid

Maserati Levante Hybrid
 

The Maserati SUV, which has already made an impact in the history of the Brand with its record-breaking figures, now presses ahead into a future in which all new Trident models will be electrified.

 

Maserati Levante Hybrid

Maserati Levante Hybrid
 

Maserati is innovative by nature, and with Levante it pursues the philosophy behind its entry into the world of electrification: the aim of improving performance while staying true to the Brand's values, delivering speed and agility while saving fuel and reinforcing the Trident's dedication to driving pleasure and luxury. The result is a hybrid SUV that retains the distinctive roar of every Maserati.

 

Maserati Levante Hybrid

Maserati Levante Hybrid
 

Levante Hybrid combines the 4 cylinder, 2 litre engine with a 48 volt Hybrid system to recover energy during deceleration and braking. The hybrid car weighs less than the 6 cylinder engine equivalent (both diesel and gasoline), and above all has an even better weight distribution since the battery is placed in the rear without compromising the load capacity and optimally balancing the masses of the vehicle. All designed to make Levante Hybrid even more agile and fun to drive.

 

Maserati Levante Hybrid

Maserati Levante Hybrid
 

Thanks to a maximum power output of 330 hp and torque of 450 Nm delivered from just 2,250 rpm, the performance data of the new Levante Hybrid, only available with all-wheel drive, is impressive: a top speed of over 240 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6 seconds.

In terms of appearance, the Levante Hybrid launch version is characterised by a new metallic tri-coat colour called Azzurro Astro, available as part of the Brand's customisation programme, Maserati Fuoriserie.

 

Maserati Levante Hybrid

Maserati Levante Hybrid
 

Other exterior and interior details contribute to this car's immediately recognisable design: some are in blue, the shade chosen to identify hybrid cars, already used by Maserati on Ghibli Hybrid.

On the exterior, blue characterises the three iconic side air ducts, the brake calipers and the C-pillar logo. The same blue shade reappears inside the car, specifically on the embroidered seams of the seats.

 

Maserati Levante Hybrid

Maserati Levante Hybrid
 

Levante Hybrid is connected, thanks to the new Maserati Connect program. Having your Maserati connected at all times enables an eye to be kept on the car's health, and Maserati Connect will alert the driver when a service is due, improving the customer care experience. With a Smartphone or Smartwatch, drivers can stay in contact with their car via the Maserati Connect App; this is also possible from home via their virtual personal assistant (Amazon Alexa & Google Assist).

Special guests at the digital premiere of Levante Hybrid were David Beckham, the new Maserati Brand Global Ambassador, and Dardust, with an exclusive soundtrack.

 

Maserati Levante Hybrid

Maserati Levante Hybrid
 

Maserati Levante Hybrid

Maserati Levante Hybrid
 

Maserati Levante Hybrid

Maserati Levante Hybrid
 
MC20 - TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS - LEVANTE HYBRID
  
ENGINE
LayoutL4 Mild Hybrid with eBooster and 48V BSG
Displacement1995 cc
Bore and Stroke (mm)84 x 90
Compression ratio9.5:1
Maximum Power (hp @ rpm)330 @ 5750
Peak Power (Nm @ rpm)450 @ 2250
Fuel InjectionGasoline Direct Injection GDI
Injection Pressure (bar)200
InductionBR  1 Mono-scroll turbocharger
1 eBooster 48 V
CrankshaftForged steel
LubrificationVariable displacement oil pump
Timing system1 chain-drive overhead camshaft with Multiair
PERFORMANCE
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h (s)6.0
Top speed>240 mph
Braking distance from 100 to 0 km/h (m)>36
FUEL CONSUMPTION AND CO2 EMISSIONS
WLTP combined cycle (l/100 km)TBC *Pending current certification
WLTP combined cycle (g/km)231-252
TRANSMISSION
GearboxZF eight-speed automatic
Gear ratios1st: 5; 2nd: 3.2; 3rd: 2.14; 4th: 1.72; 5th: 1.31; 6th: 1.00; 7th: 0.82; 8th: 0.64; Reverse: 3.46; final: 3.27
Transmission All-wheel drive with limited slip self-locking mechanical rear differential
SUSPENSION
FrontDouble-wishbone, anti-roll bar
RearMulti-link, anti-roll bar
BRAKES
FrontVentilated discs 345x32 mm, 2-piston floating calipers
RearVentilated discs 330x22 mm, 1-piston floating calipers
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
Front/rear tyres265/50 R19
L x D x H (mm)5005 x 1981 x 1693
Wheelbase (mm)3004
Front/rear track (mm) 1631 / 1662
Luggage capacity (l) 580
Fuel tank capacity (l) 80
Homologated weight (kg) 2090
 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI AT SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

Big news for Maserati at the Shanghai Auto Show 2021.

The largest Auto Show in the world reopens and the Trident Brand reveals the Levante Hybrid, the first electrified SUV in its history.

 

Maserati at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show
 

The MC20, Maserati's super sports car, makes its first appearance at the Shanghai Auto Show alongside the global premiere of the F Tributo Special Edition.

 

Maserati MC20 at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show
 

The new Nettuno engine and the full range feature on the stand. An area dedicated to connectivity underlines Maserati's affinity for innovation, while another area is reserved for the Maserati Fuoriserie customisation programme, presenting the Corsa, Unica and Futura collections.

Maserati CEO Davide Grasso commented: "Shanghai Auto Show is an extremely important event for our Brand. The Show marks a rebirth in difficult times. We believe strongly in this new beginning, and today we are showcasing several world premiere that project us straight into the future. The stand is dominated by the Brand's first electrified SUV, Levante Hybrid, which completes the Levante range and creates a new "family within the family", now comprising V6 and V8 gasoline and hybrid propulsion systems."

Levante Hybrid

With the Chinese debut of Levante Hybrid, Maserati takes a major step forward in its strategy for electrification, which began last year with the Ghibli Hybrid.

 

Maserati Ghibli Hybrid at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show
 

"Faster. Greener. Unique", Levante Hybrid is faster than a diesel, more sustainable than diesel or gasoline, and unique in its specific characteristics.

The Brand's new hybrid SUV combines the 4 cylinder, 2 litre engine with a 48 volt Hybrid system to recover energy during deceleration and braking. The hybrid car weighs less than the 6 cylinder engine version (gasoline and diesel), and above all, it has an even better weight distribution, thanks to the battery, mounted in the rear without any sacrifice in terms of load capacity, which balances the vehicle's weight to perfection. All designed to make Levante Hybrid even more agile and fun to drive.

Thanks to a maximum power output of 330 hp and torque of 450 Nm delivered from just 2,250 rpm, the performance data of the new Levante Hybrid, only available with all-wheel drive, is very impressive: top speed of over 240 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6 seconds. What's more, Levante Hybrid is still in every respect the "Maserati of SUVs", including in its sound, which, in spite of the hybrid propulsion, is the distinctive growl of every Trident Brand model.

In terms of appearance, the launch version is characterised by a new metallic tri-coat colour called Azzurro Astro, available within the Maserati Fuoriserie customisation programme in the Futura collection.

This is a particularly deep, bright iridescent colour with high impact and a unique beauty. It is an interference colour, varying from an intense sky blue in the sunlight to ash grey on surfaces in the shade.

Other exterior and interior details contribute to the new Levante Hybrid's immediately recognisable design: some are in blue, the colour chosen to identify hybrid cars, already adopted by Maserati to distinguish the Ghibli Hybrid.

On the exterior, blue characterises the three iconic side air ducts, the brake calipers (opt) and the C-pillar logo. The same shade reappears inside the car, on the embroidered seams of the seats.

Last but not least, the Trident Brand's first hybrid SUV is constantly connected, thanks to the Maserati Connect programme.

As well as at Shanghai Auto Show 2021, Maserati Levante Hybrid is also presented to the virtual world, with a digital event on the Brand's website (houseof.maserati.com).

F Tributo Special Edition

F Tributo Special Edition, represented at Shanghai Auto Show by the premiere of Ghibli F Tributo, embodies the incredible design and luxury of Maserati inspired by a motorsport and racing heritage.

 

Maserati Ghibli F Tributo

The F Tributo Badge
 

The new special series is available on Ghibli and Levante in two exclusive colours: Rosso Tributo and Azzurro Tributo.

The exteriors are characterised by the contrast between the Rosso or Azzurro bodywork and the yellow wheel trims and brake calipers.

To complete the exterior look, Levante F Tributo is fitted with Anteo 21" wheels in Black and Ghibli F Tributo with 21" wheels in glossy black Titanium.

In the cabin, the limited edition also matches the shades of the external details in the stitching of the Black full-grain "Pieno Fiore" leather, which is in red or yellow depending on the bodywork colour.

Maserati Fuoriserie

The Maserati stand includes an area emphasising that customisation has always been central to the services the Brand offers its customers: thanks to the new Maserati Fuoriserie programme, Trident cars can now be personalised to suit every buyer's individual tastes.

 

Maserati"s FUORISERIE Programme
 
To help customers find their way around the thousands of possible combinations, three collections have been created, Corsa, Unica and Futura that express the Brand's power and represent its values of sportiness, elegance and innovation.

To mark Shanghai Auto Show, Maserati Fuoriserie has been extended with even more options on the Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante range. New external paints and liveries, and wheel and brake caliper colours, are now available for order, as well as specific cabin combinations with different stitching colour schemes and interior layouts.

What's more, from today the Fuoriserie Programme also includes MC20, enabling purchasers to customise their super sports car's exterior with a wide selection of colours and liveries from the Corsa, Unica and Futura collections.

Ermenegildo Zegna Capsule Collection

Ermenegildo Zegna, a leading global luxury menswear brand, is a historic Maserati partner and the exclusive Capsule Collection realized by Zegna and Maserati for the Spring/Summer 2021 season is exhibited at the Chinese Show.

Both with histories that go back to over a hundred years, Maserati and Zegna prove that attention to details and visionary innovation can generate irresistible design.

Conveying all the timeless style and tradition of Ermenegildo Zegna and Maserati, the new Capsule Collection is designed to offer customers a range of sophisticated choices.

A refined selection of outerwear, knitwear and fashion accessories embodies all the qualities of these two Made in Italy brands. The collection comprises garments in elegant materials, enhanced by PELLETESSUTA™ details and with the iconic Maserati logo.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI AND DAVID BECKHAM

Modena, 12th April 2021 ̵ A century of mixing innovation, design and passion has driven Maserati to create iconic vehicles, which have changed the way the world thinks about motoring ̵ forever. Today this uniquely Italian recipe, kicks up into a new, higher gear with the arrival of a new brand global ambassador, David Beckham.

 

Maserati and David Beckham
 

Global sporting icon, philanthropist, businessman and style trailblazer: David Beckham is the perfect partner to accompany Maserati on the next leg of its journey, breaking boundaries and driving the brand forward to the forefront of luxury motoring in the 21st century. Paolo Tubito, Maserati Chief Marketing Officer, commented: "The Brand is moving forward, inaugurated a new Era. Maserati is driven to challenge the status quo being innovative by nature, powered by passion, and unique by design. The partnership with David is the embodiment of all these values."

 

Maserati and David Beckham

Maserati and David Beckham
 

David Beckham said: "It's an exciting time for me to begin this partnership with Maserati; an iconic Italian brand which shares my appreciation for the very best innovation and design. I'm looking forward to working closely with the brand at such a pivotal time in their history and continuing their growth on a global scale.”

 

Maserati and David Beckham
 

The first act bringing together Maserati and David Beckham's values is an inspiring film showcasing the innovative spirit which sees David performing an audacious act of driving in a Maserati, just for the sheer joy of doing the unexpected. The movie sees the Maserati Ambassador driving the brand's ultimate performance SUV - the Levante Trofeo.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI MULTI 70 AND GIOVANNI SOLDINI SET THE PLYMOUTH TO LA ROCHELLE RECORD

The Italian Team's time is 12 hours, 15 minutes and 21 secon

Four weeks hunting for records in the Channel for the Italian trimaran

 

Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini
set the new Plymouth to La Rochelle record

Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini
set the new Plymouth to La Rochelle record
 

Modena, April 16th 2021 ̵ Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini conquer a new record: 239 miles from Plymouth (UK) to La Rochelle (FR) in 12 hours, 15 minutes and 21 seconds, with an average speed of 26,84 knots. The Italian Team's time is around 2 hours shorter than than the previous record, set by Lloyd Thornburg and Brian Thompson aboard Phaedo3 in 2015, of 14 hours, 5 minutes and 20 seconds.

Maserati Multi 70 set sail off Plymouth yesterday at 14:06:21 GMT (16:06:21 Italian time) and headed towards the north-western end of France, sailing with an average speed over 32̵33 knots and reaching peaks of 44 knots. Soldini explains: "Crossing the Channel we were sailing very fast, with 20̵25 knots of north̵easterly wind, then we arrived to Ouessant and it was great: the passage between the island and the coast is very narrow and we were sailing "a cannamorta" at 35 knots! Afterwards, sailing down along the French coast, the wind was 10̵15 degrees more narrow than predicted and we slowed down, but we were able to achieve an excellent result, we're very happy!"

The record is subject to the World Sailing Speed Record Council's ratification.

For this challenge, Giovanni Soldini sailed aboard Maserati Multi 70 with Giulio Bertelli, Guido Broggi, Carlos Hernandez Robayna, Oliver Herrera Perez, and Matteo Soldini. Another audacious achievement for the new Era of Maserati, in the name of speed and performance, key values of the Brand's strategy.

The record is the result of the collaboration, devoted to innovation, between Maserati and Giovanni Soldini's team. This process of transferring technological know̵how from thee Maserati Innovation Lab applied to Maserati Multi 70 has created a constantly evolving "laboratory-boat".

The Team is sailing back to their base in Cherbourg (FR), from where they will keep studying the weather conditions for the next few weeks to identify ideal windows to attempt to beat other two records in the English Channel: the Cowes to Dinard (the Channel Record) and the Fastner Original Course record (from Cowes to Plymouth, sailing around the Fastnet Lighthouse, south of Ireland).

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI MULTI 70 and GIOVANNI SOLDINI SET NEW MONACO TO PORTO CERVO RECORD

The Italian Team's time is 7 hours, 50 minutes and 44 seconds.

 

Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini
set the new Monaco to Porto Cervo multihull record

Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini
set the new Monaco to Porto Cervo multihull record
 

Modena, 22 March 2021 - Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70's team arrived in Porto Cervo at 9:09 38" on 21st March, setting a new Monaco to Porto Cervo multihull record, sailing 195 miles in 7 hours, 50 minutes and 44 seconds. The Italian crew's record is only 2 minutes and 47 seconds better than the one set by MOD70 Phaedo3 in 2016 with Brian Thompson (7 hours, 53 minutes and 31 seconds and an average speed of 24,71 knots).

The Italian trimaran crossed the starting line off Monaco at 1:18 54" on Sunday 21st March and picked up speed towards Corsica. Soldini commented, "At first we were sailing really fast with 25/30 knots of north-easterly wind, reaching up to 38 knots of speed, then the wind dropped before the Strait of Bonifacio for a couple of hours. Luckily, the wind got stronger again and we started speeding up in the strait. It's been really incredible, we crossed the finish line sailing at 35 knots! We knew this would be a risky window because of the light wind near Corsica, but we wanted to try anyway and we did our best, pushing Maserati Multi 70 to the maximum, and we did it - we're all very happy, and exhausted!'

The record will be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Racing Council in the following days. Aboard Maserati Multi 70 with Giovanni Soldini was Vittorio Bissaro, an Italian Olympic sailor and Nacra17 World Champion, who had already raced with the trimaran's crew on many previous occasions. Also with them were Guido Broggi, Carlos Hernandez Robayna, Oliver Herrera Perez and Matteo Soldini.

Maserati Multi 70 was back in the water at the end of February, after almost four months in the shipyard. In the next weeks Soldini and his crew will be training and testing the latest improvements made to the trimaran. In fact, Maserati Multi 70 is the 'laboratory boat' to which the Modena Innovation Lab engineers have transferred their aerodynamics, technological innovation and performance know-how. These are the same values that guide the Maserati team of engineers and technicians in the development of all the new models of the new Maserati Era.

In the next days, the Italian Team will set sail towards England, looking for new records.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI BORA TURNS 50

Modena, 11 March 2021 - Maserati celebrates the Bora, the first mid-mounted rear engine road car in the Brand's history, just as the MC20 is the first mid-mounted rear engine vehicle in the new Era.

 

Maserati Bora turns 50

Maserati Bora turns 50
 

The wind of the Maserati Bora spans through 50 years of history, and reaches the dawn of a new phase for the Brand: all new models share the exclusiveness, sportiness and uniqueness that have always characterised the Modenese constructor, and Bora has also handed down its engine position, first introduced on the Tipo 63 (1961), initially reprised on the MC12, and now a key feature of the new MC20.

 

Maserati Bora turns 50

Maserati Bora turns 50
 

Exactly 50 years have passed since 11 March 1971, when the Geneva International Motor Show provided the backdrop for the debut of the Maserati Bora, which was produced until 1978 with 564 cars built, not to mention the spectacular Boomerang, a coupé prototype created by Giugiaro with futuristic engineering and wedge-shaped bodywork.

 

Maserati Bora turns 50

Maserati Bora turns 50
 

Following the trend that had already revolutionised Formula 1 racing cars over previous years, Maserati asked Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign to come up with a mid-mounted rear engine sports car with enhanced performance, design, comfort and safety.

 

Maserati Bora turns 50

Maserati Bora turns 50
 

The engine was the tried and tested 4,700 cc V8 producing 310 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (to be joined by the 4,900 cc unit two years later), mounted lengthways on a subframe installed on the monocoque.

 

Maserati Bora turns 50

Maserati Bora turns 50
 

The car's distinctive features included retractable headlights to prevent aerodynamic drag, projecting differential on the rear axle, independent suspensions on all wheels (for the first time in a Maserati), disc brakes, dry-mounted single disc clutch, 5-speed gearbox and telescopic suspension dampers.

 

Maserati Bora turns 50

Maserati Bora turns 50
 

The Bora combined comfort and performance and had a top speed of over 280 km/h, ensuring great driving pleasure thanks to the engine's exceptionally agile response and the quiet interior.

 

Maserati Bora turns 50

Maserati Bora turns 50
 

While the car's engineering design carried the name of Giulio Alfieri, the aerodynamics and styling were by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who created a two-seater coupé on simple, elegant lines which gave the Maserati Bora a balanced appearance.

 

Maserati Bora turns 50

Maserati Bora turns 50
 

The approach was futuristic, with a low, slender, almost tapered front styled to cut through the air, while the front grille included two rectangular air vents with a Trident in the centre. The perfectly sleek sides were centrally divided by a thin black rubber trim, while the rear ended in a Kamm or truncated tail.

 

Maserati Bora turns 50
 

The result was a trend-setting, streamlined car perfect for the rock-and-roll spirit of the '70s, which is still delighting fans today.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
POWERFUL MC20 ON SNOW

Modena, 10 March 2021 - The MC20 has never previously been seen unleashing its power on low-grip surfaces.

 

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MC20 on snow
 

The new Maserati super sports car is currently engaged in a series of reliability tests (on road and track, in various driving conditions) and intensive cold-weather trials on the snow-covered roads of the Valtellina and at the Ghiacciodromo Livigno (Sondrio), Italy's most notable snow and ice circuit.

 

MC20 on snow<

MC20 on snow
 

During its cold-weather mission, the super sports car was tested to evaluate engine cold starting, the low-temperature performance of its elastic components and the car's handling on cold and low-grip asphalt surfaces. The tests were also performed to verify correct functioning of the Climate Control System in cold conditions as well as tests conducted on the battery, suspensions and brakes.

 

MC20 on snow
 

The extreme conditions have not stopped the new MC20; in fact, they have enhanced the opposing personalities of this car, born from the Brand's racing DNA but designed for series production.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Bonhams in London, UK
 
BONHAMS - LES GRANDES MARQUE DU MONDE à PARIS - PARIS 10th March 2021

2017 Carrozzeria Touring Sciàdipersia

Year of manufacture: 2017

Chassis Number: ZAMVL45B000181682

Lot No. 133

DESCRIPTION:

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show

2017 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia Coupé

Chassis no. ZAMVL45B000181682

One of the most famous names in Italian coachbuilding, Carrozzeria Touring was founded in Milan in 1926 and enjoyed 40 years of outstanding success before its demise in the mid-1960s. Revived in 2006 under new ownership as Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Srl, the company specialises in 'low-volume bespoke motorcars and one-off commissions, each one uniquely crafted to the customer's specification'.

 

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The driving force behind Carrozzeria Touring was Felice Bianchi Anderloni, a lawyer turned test-driver who had strong family links with his employer, Isotta Fraschini. Moving on from Isotta Fraschini, he worked for Peugeot Italiana and in the winter of 1925 took control of Carrozzeria Falco in Milan together with his friend and business partner, Gaetano Ponzoni. Its name changed to Touring in 1926, the company obtained a licence for the Weymann method of body construction and soon was supplying bodies to a wide variety of Italian manufacturers. Designer Giuseppe Seregni was hired in 1927 and it was his Flying Star roadster, built on an Isotta Fraschini 8B chassis, which would establish Touring's reputation for styling innovation and matchless quality.

A self-taught engineer, Anderloni well understood the advantages conferred by reducing both weight and aerodynamic drag, famously declaring: "Weight is the enemy and air drag the obstacle". In pursuance of these goals he developed the Superleggera (Super Lightweight) method of body construction that is forever associated with the Milanese coachbuilder, which consisted of an outer skin of aluminium panels supported by an underlying framework of small-diameter steel tubes. The first Superleggera bodies were built in 1937.

Guided by Anderloni's son, Carlo, and designer Federico Formenti (hired in 1940), Touring would go on to create some of the most beautiful and influential cars of the post-war era, commencing with the Freccia d'Oro and Villa d'Este models on the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 chassis. Among Formenti's other memorable designs was the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante of 1952 and the Shah of Iran's Maserati 5000 GT of 1959, while together with Carlo Anderloni he was also responsible for the Aston Martin DB4 of 1958.

Unable to secure contracts to utilise the increased capacity of its new factory near Monza, Touring fell into receivership in March 1964 and was gone for good by the end of 1966. But, as is so often the case with a valuable motoring name, that was not the end of the Touring story. Carlo Anderloni and Carrozzeria Marazzi preserved the 'Touring Superleggera' trademark and used it to support the company's heritage until the current owners acquired the rights in 2006. The new firm is headquartered near Milan, its hometown, where it continues to produce limited-edition sports cars adhering to the classic design principles established by the original founders.

The inspiration for the Sciàdipersia, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2018, was the three Maserati 5000 GTs that Touring built in the late 1950s, the first of which had been ordered by the Shah of Persia, a noted Maserati enthusiast. And like its illustrious forebear, the 21st Century Sciàdipersia is based on a Maserati: the GranTurismo two-door coupéé. Thus the Sciàdipersia has the 454bhp 4.7-litre V8 engine found in the sportier GranTurismo models and an MC Race Shift robotised six-speed manual paddle-shift gearbox or ZF six-speed automatic transmission with torque converter. Weighing some 120kg (264lb) less than the GranTurismo, the Sciàdipersia accelerates to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds on its way to an estimated top speed of 299km/h (186mph).

The interior also remains largely to GranTurismo pattern, albeit enhanced with opulent Italian leather and brushed aluminium trim. Externally, though, the Sciàdipersia departs radically from its donor car, featuring a completely redesigned body loosely based on the Touring 5000 GT's low-slung three-box silhouette, though considerably sleeker. According to Touring Superleggera: "As with every masterpiece, it all starts with a simple concept: the arrow, slimming down the centre sections to extend the perceived length. Its natural dynamism is further enhanced by the front and rear fender ridgelines.

"Unusually, but fittingly for a full four-seater, passengers are immersed in the surrounding natural environment thanks to the extensive glazing and the vast glass roof, permitted by the slim architecture of the rear pillar." Few would deny that the result is preferable to that achieved by Maserati. The exterior colour chosen is known as 'Orient Night Sky', which Touring says is intended to evoke a clear sky at night-time, while aluminium accents feature on the nose, tail, and 'C' pillar, harking back to the original.

Each one would be hand-built to order and only 15 cars were planned for production, though Touring Superleggera refused to quote a fixed price as that would vary depending on an owner's personal specification. Currently the limited series is sold-out, only one coupé (this car) has been completed, while all the other ordered, and currently manufactured, are cabriolet.

This Sciàdipersia is based on a 2017 donor car and has had only one owner. Presented in immaculate condition, it is offered with the original purchase invoice for €760.620 and comes with its set of customised Foglizzo luggage. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own this masterpiece of automotive design from one of the most celebrated names in Italian coachbuilding.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Bonhams, London.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI CELEBRATES THE A6G 2000

Modena, 23 February 2021 - Starting from Maserati's roots to plan its future: the values of exclusivity, unique design and 100% Italian DNA of cars of the past are renewed today in the models that mark the Brand's New Era. It is in this spirit that Maserati celebrates the 70th anniversary of the A6G 2000.

The first A6G 2000, a car representative of the A6 series, built by Maserati from 1947 to 1956 and named in homage to Alfieri Maserati (hence the letter A) with a 6 indicating the engine type (straight 6) was delivered exactly 70 years ago, in February 1951.

The new model was the replacement for the A6 1500 series sports car, and its name referenced the cast iron (or "ghisa") of its crankcase ("6") and its engine displacement of 2,000 cc.

 

Maserati A6G 2000

Maserati A6G 2000
 

The need to increase power output in response to the general trend in the Italian market of demanding higher-performing cars, partly as a result of the country's improving economic conditions, led Maserati to convert the A6GCS two-litre engine to fully exploit the potential of the A6's chassis. The increase in displacement compared to the previous A6 model was achieved through precision engineering work on the bore and stroke of the straight 6. The upgraded engine, with displacement of 1,954.3 cc, achieved a power output of 90 to 100 horsepower depending on the final setup, enabling a top speed of 180 km/h, a clear manifesto of Maserati cars' quality sports spirit.

The 1950 Turin Motor Show provided the backdrop for the impressive launch of the A6G 2000, which Maserati presented in two versions: a 4-seater, 2-door sedan by Pinin Farina, and a convertible designed by Pietro Frua.

 

Maserati A6G 2000

Maserati A6G 2000
 

Sixteen of these cars were assembled in 1950 and 1951: nine with bodywork by Pinin Farina, and five convertibles and a coupé by Pietro Frua.

Alfredo Vignale produced just one car, a two-tone A6G 2000 coupé, with his signature sporty stylistic features.

Rear-wheel drive, a gearbox with four speeds plus reverse and a dry-mounted single disc clutch completed the characteristics of the new A6G 2000, together with the independent wheel front suspensions and rear suspensions comprising rigid axle with leaf springs. Hydraulically operated drum brakes on all four wheels and solid steel or spoked wheels completed the carefully chosen blend of craftsmanship and technological innovation, which made this car, built for the few, an icon on the motoring scene of the time.

Uniqueness, sportiness and Italian construction are all central to Maserati's DNA and are still visible today in the new models that will characterise the coming years, with state-of-the-art technological solutions.

Innovative by nature, Maserati plans its future by keeping faith with its past.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI GB INTRODUCES SPORTIVO SPECIAL EDITIONS FOR LEVANTE AND GHIBLI

London, 19 January 2021 — Maserati GB welcomes the start of the New Year with the introduction of the highly specified and desirable Sportivo Special Edition, available on the iconic marque's Levante SUV and Ghibli saloon models.

Now in Maserati dealerships across the UK, the Sportivo Special Edition comes in two distinct and highly equipped variants, 'Sportivo' and 'Sportivo X'. While both trims offer customers a host of additional features, Sportivo X, takes the offering even further to create something truly desirable.

Both trim levels are exclusive to Maserati's two most sought-after models, Levante V6 350HP and the recently introduced Ghibli Hybrid 330HP.

All four Sportivo Special Editions, feature fixed specifications and give customers the choice of three stylish exterior metallic paint colour options; Grigio Maratea, Blu Emozione and Nero Ribelle.

Maserati Levante V6 Sportivo Special Edition

 

Maserati Levante Sportivo X
 

Well-equipped as standard, the Levante SUV has its luxury sporting credentials enhanced further with the addition of 20" Efesto dark myron staggered alloy wheels with red brake callipers. In addition, the panoramic sunroof, black leather interior upholstery with tone-on-tone black stitching, aluminium paddle-shifters and 12-way power and heated front sport seats with driver seat memory are amongst the most notable standard features.

Maserati Levante V6 Sportivo X Special Edition

Adding to the Levante Sportivo list of additions, no specification desire is left unanswered on Levante Sportivo X, with this model featuring the striking Maserati Nerissimo pack. The dark exterior features include black gloss front grille bars, dark exhaust tips, dark exterior finishing, black front and rear sport fascias with front inserts, front lower profile and rear diffuser in gloss black finish, and sport rear spoiler. In addition, full-LED adaptive Matrix headlights with anti-glare, 21" matte Anteo dark design staggered alloys with bold red brake callipers add a further dimension to the Levante's head turning looks.

As for the interior, driver and passengers will enjoy the full premium leather interior with red contrast stitching, heated and ventilated front sports seats and heated sport steering wheel (ideal for the cold winter months), panoramic sunroof, soft door close system and sports pedals in brushed stainless steel. Comfort and safety of occupants is also paramount, with the inclusion of the Driver Assistance Pack Plus, which comes with adaptive cruise control, blind spot assist, surround view camera, traffic sign assist, active driver assist and pedestrian recognition.

Maserati's easy access pack which includes extended keyless entry, kick sensor power tailgate and Homelink also comes as standard on Levante Sportivo X.

Maserati Ghibli Hybrid Sportivo Special Edition

 

Maserati Levante Sportivo X
 

A masterful combination of style, sportiness, innovation and luxury, the well-equipped as standard Ghibli gains even more distinctiveness thanks to the Sportivo Special Edition trim. Features include; Maserati's Nerissimo styling pack, gloss black 20" Urano alloy wheels, extended leather interior upholstery, aluminium paddle-shifters, 12-way power and heated front sport seats with driver seat memory, black piano high gloss wood interior trim and rear-view camera

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Maserati Ghibli Hybrid Sportivo X Special Edition

As would be expected from the range topping Special Edition of the Ghibli Hybrid, this model is even more highly specified and embraces innovation, comfort and self-expression. Like Sportivo, Sportivo X comes with the Nerissimo styling package which gives Ghibli an unrivalled standout road presence.

In addition, this model comes with Skyhook active damping suspension system and the Driver Assistance Pack Plus - adding to the overall performance, handling and safety. Full-LED adaptive Matrix headlights and 21"gloss black Titano forged alloy wheels add to the head turning factor.

From an interior experience point of view additional occupant comforts include ventilated and heated front seats as well as a heated leather sport steering wheel. Full premium leather interior upholstery with red contrast stitching, wireless charger, soft close doors and sports pedals in brushed stainless steel completes the Special Edition in style.

All models feature Maserati's new generation multimedia system called MIA (Maserati Intelligent Assistant), which can be personalised with your specific preferences. Customers will also be able to take advantage of Maserati's new connected services (via the Maserati Connect App) which includes over the air firmware updates, connected traffic & travel services, Alexa home to vehicle, and Maserati Guard theft alarm notification & stolen vehicle assist. Maserati's three service Premium Service Plan, which is standard across all Sportivo models, adds even further to owner peace of mind.

All models are now available across the Maserati GB dealer network.

For more information on the Maserati Sportivo Special Edition range visit:

Ghibli Hybrid Sportivo Edition

Levante Sportivo Edition

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
36th EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL:

MASERATI MC20 AWARDED "Most beautiful supercar of the year"

Paris, 26 January 2021 — This evening, the online awards ceremony for the Festival Automobile International was held with Maserati taking pride of place amongst the winners. The recently launched MC20, which premiered globally last September at the MMXX international show in Modena, received the award for the "most beautiful supercar of the year".

 

Maserati MC20
 

Klaus Busse, Maserati Head of Design, said, "We are honoured to receive this coveted accolade, which recognises the work of an entire team who have made a whole-hearted commitment to this unique project, creating a car that opens a new chapter in Maserati's history." MC20 is a mix of elegance, sporting prowess and personality, and a genuine masterpiece of style, which inaugurates a new era for the Trident Brand. Designed at the Centro Stile Maserati in Turin, the MC20 marks Maserati's return to the super sports car segment, with a car that combines mind-blowing performance, ground-breaking technology and audacious technical solutions.

The MC20 is a model that identifies itself by its uniquely Italian character. A tasteful, pure concept, without stylistic excesses: the timeless design that has always been the signature of Maserati cars of all eras. The innate class and purity of its lines highlight a personality of sheer sporting brilliance: the upper part of the car is a sculpted artwork, while its lower section is a concentrate of pure technology.

The MC20's design achieves a perfect balance between opposites, with the ideal mix between craftsmanship and engineering, which combines the unique quality of hand workmanship and the absolute precision of the most advanced production processes.

Developed by the Maserati Innovation Lab and produced at the historic plant in Modena, MC20 is 100% made in Italy. The most distinctive feature of the new super sports car is its exclusive butterfly doors, which are not only aesthetically stunning but also provide the driver and passengers with easier access, both inside and outside the cabin. This super sports car is the first Maserati to have vertical headlights: a revolution in the brand's design criteria. The wide, low, horizontal rear light clusters are equally distinctive.

MC20's superb looks conceal an uncompromisingly sporty soul, with the new 630hp V6 Nettuno engine that delivers 0-100 km/h acceleration in under 2.9 seconds and a top speed over 325 km/h: an engine 100% patented, conceived, designed and built entirely by Maserati.

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI MC20 IS BRITISH GQ's "Super Sports Car of The Year"

London, 2 February 2021 — Today in London the GQ Car Awards 2021 were announced with the Maserati MC20 being honoured as the Super Sports Car of The Year. In place of the usual ceremony, the awards were broadcast on British GQ's IGTV.

 

CQ AWARDS 2021
 

According to British GQ the "Maserati has an allure that refuses to be extinguished and the release of the MC20 proves the brand is once again red hot. All-new, technically fascinating, and with a mid-mounted 626bhp twin-turbo V6, the MC20 is classy, charismatic and alternative."

 

Maserati MC20
 

Davide Grasso, Maserati CEO, added "The launch of the MC20 last year heralded a new era for Maserati, and we're delighted that the hard work put in by the team has been recognised by British GQ. We're proud of what this award means for Maserati and we're very much looking forward to our brave new future with this first-of-its-kind car. We are innovative by nature, powered by passion and unique by design. These are the same values that spurred the Maserati brothers over 106 years ago, and they are the same values that from Modena take flight and put Maserati in the spotlight of the global mobility stage."

 

Maserati MC20
 

Designed at the Centro Stile Maserati in Turin, the MC20 heralds a new era for Maserati and the brand's return to the super sports car segment, with a car that combines mind-blowing performance, ground-breaking technology and audacious technical solutions. Developed by the Maserati Innovation Lab and produced at the historic plant in Modena, MC20 is 100%#128; made in Italy. Its superb looks conceal an uncompromisingly sporty soul, with the new 630hp V6 Nettuno engine that delivers 0-100 km/h acceleration in under 2.9 seconds and a top speed over 325 km/h. The patented engine has been conceived, developed, designed and built entirely by Maserati and uses a pre-chamber technology derived from Formula 1 engines. With the new super sports car MC20, the Trident Brand officially started a new era. For more information on the Maserati MC20 visit: Maserati MC20

 

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati.

 
 
 
 
 
From Enrico in the UK
 
REGISTRO FOTOGRAFICO MASERATI STORICHE
 

Hi Maseratisti,

Thought you'd like to know how I've been progressing with my photographic register.

If you would like to make a contribution to my photographic register, please send photos and details to enricomaserati@btinternet.com. Thank you !

Regards,

Enrico.

 
 
 

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