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From Newspress in the UK

Abarth 500 R3T rally car


Yes I know it's not a Maserati, but I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist this little beauty!!

The Abarth 500 R3T’s 1368cc engine is fitted with a Garrett GT 1446 fixed geometry turbocharger, delivering 180bhp (132kW) at 5500rpm. It is equipped with a 6-speed sequential gearbox, a self-locking blade differential, twin disc clutch and special half-shafts.

The Abarth 500 R3T rally car


From Knut in Norway

"Hi Enrico.

I removed my rear seats today to clean the leather, and looking at the empty space I sort of missed my two seater Spyder. I remembered reading of your "Gran Turismo" conversion a few years back, so I found pictures of your solution on your webpage. I´m really interested in doing this to my car as well.

The only difference being I´ll leave it in "Gran Turismo mode" all the time unless I really need the rear seats for a trip or something. I won´t miss being crushed into the windshield just because I have someone seated behind me.

So I was wondering if you have any more pictures of what you did and how you did it, and maybe you have some good tips for me. I´ll try to take some pictures and send you later today.

Have a good day!



"Hi Knut,

Nothing special about my conversion.

Once I had removed the rear seat, I made two cardboard cut-outs, making sure I had the correct shape by using the outline of the rear seats I had just removed.

I then placed my cardboard cut-out in place and added extra small strips of cardboard around the edges until I had the correct shape, making sure I allowed for the trim.

Once I was satisfied that the cardboard fitted, I bought two sheets of 3/4 inch chipboard and cut them into the correct shapes.

My biggest problem was making sure that I didn't damage the leather trim as I was moving the chipboard in and out whilst I was making sure it was a snug fit.

I remember not removing the front seats so I would recommend that you remove the front seats first.

Then I took the two sections to a car trimmer who added the upholstery.

The back part is not too difficult, the "seat" section requires a bit more work.

When I get a minute, I'll remove mine and take some measurements for you. I'll publish the results on the "Enthusiast's Page".



























From Knut and Erik in Norway

"Hello Enrico,

Knut and I got together this evening to take out his seats to give them a good leather clean.

When the seats were in the living room, we found the perfect way to use them right ;)

Closest thing to Maserati in Grand Turismo on PS3 is the Ferrari 430.. it had to do.

Best regards Knut and Erik."

The Maserati Ghiblis of Erik and Knut

The Ghibli seat's leather has been fed

Erik and Knut relaxing after the hard work

Erik and Knut relaxing after the hard work

Meet Mr. Masertedi

Mr. Masertedi tries the Ghibli seat for size!

From Maurizio in the UK

"Dear Enrico,

Last weekend, a group of Italian Maseratisti organised a wonderful meet near Vicenza, with visits to the 500-year old Palladian Villas, local wineries and with drives through the wonderful Berici hills.

A special well done to Enrico, Roberto and Gianni for organising a truly top class event!

A few photos attached.


Maserati Club of Japan member
Maserati Club UK member."

I nostri amici della Maserati a Vicenza

La Rotonda (Villa Capra), Vicenza















Finalmente qualche cosa da mangiare!!!

From Jan in The Netherlands

"Bonjour Enrico

Je te fais parvenir quelques photos prises ce Samedi au circuit de Reims.

Nous nous sommes retrouvés à plusieurs amis du club Maserati France, soit 13 voitures:

- une 3500 GT
- deux Quattroporte 1
- une Mexico
- deux Ghibli
- trois Indy
- une 222
- une 3200 GT
- deux Spyders 4200


Lorenzo, tresorier du Club Maserati France.

P.S. Photos d'une Mistral 4000 et d'une GrandTurismo en ventes chez Bonhams, ainsi que d'une OSCA au parc coureur."





Period filling station

An OSCA in the paddock

Mistral for sale at Bonhams

Mistral and GranTurismo

From Jan in The Netherlands

"Hi Enrico,

Hope you are OK. Thanks for all the info and fun you give us time and again with your website.

Question: I have a friend with a Biturbo Racing (engine AM490) who is looking for a workshop manual and owner's manual.

In the past you sent me a Mexico manual, so probably you have this one as well. Would be nice.

Thanks for your effort !

Best regards,


"Hi Jan,

Thank you for your email.

There was no workshop manual for the Racing. The only workshop manual that was available was that for all Biturbo models. The Racing Driver's Handbook was only available in Italian.

If you friend sends me a few photos and detaoils of his Racing, I'll see what I can do for him.



Maserati Racing - Libro di uso e manutenzione

"Hi Enrico,

My friend isn't on the internet very much, so he asked me, hope you don't mind.

The car is a black Maserati Racing, registered in Italy on 30-06-1991. Chassis number ZAM331B00*MB121629*. Some photos enclosed.

I myself have a Biturbo Spyder from 1987, and I have a workshop and owner's manual. However his engine type is not in the manual (didn't expect it to be...).

A 2.24v manual, is that available ? Should be same engine type ?

Best regards,






From Newspress in the UK



A breathtaking spectacle at London’s Royal Horticultural Halls was put on to greet the arrival of Maserati’s latest creation: the GranCabrio.

Andrea Antonnicola, Managing Director of Maserati GB and supermodel and Maserati ambassador Jodie Kidd started the unveiling ceremony in spectacular fashion: as the lights dimmed, two models, whose dresses’ silk train had been draped over the sinuous lines of the Pininfarina designed vehicle, started to walk and the GranCabrio was free to dazzle the guests.

"I am extremely proud of hosting this UK Premiere of the Maserati GranCabrio – said Antonnicola – a car which has been enthusiastically received by the worldwide media after its debut at the Frankfurt Show just a couple of weeks ago. The new GranCabrio represents the completion of the Maserati range, and despite a long history of convertible cars going back over 50 years, with the iconic Mistral and Ghibli Spyder to name but a few, this is the first four-seater convertible for the Trident Marque."

The event saw more than 400 guests attend, including celebrity chef and Maserati aficionado James Martin, London Saracens rugby star Fabio Ongaro, comedian Patrick Kielty, Major Phil Packer, Vice-president of CNH Global Eduardo Teodorani Fabbri and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.

A Maserati GranTurismo S was also on display, and it was flanked by a stunning 1964 Maserati Mistral Spyder.

The first right-hand drive examples of the Maserati GranCabrio will reach the UK showrooms in April 2010 and prices will be confirmed nearer the release date.

Notes to Editors:

Maserati GB wishes to thank Issa London for dresses (, Sergio Rossi for shoes (, M.C.L. (, Damiani ( for jewellery and Jemma Kidd for make-up (

The Maserati GranCabrio represents the very essence of Maserati in terms of open-top cars: from the unmistakable Pininfarina style to the spacious interior, from the craftsmanship of each detail to the driving pleasure and four real seats, so that the rear passengers are not merely supporting actors, but co-stars of the journey. The Maserati GranCabrio, the convertible with the longest wheelbase on the market, features a 4.7 litre V8 delivering 440 HP, a maximum torque of 490Nm and a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox. It reaches a top speed of 175 mph and accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds.

Supermodel Jodie Kidd and the Maserati GranCabrio.
Jodie wears dress by Issa London, shoes by Sergio Rossi
and jewellery by Damiani.

Supermodel Jodie Kidd and the Maserati GranCabrio.
Jodie wears dress by Issa London, shoes by Sergio Rossi
and jewellery by M.C.L.

Celebrity Chef James Martin and the Maserati GranCabrio

London Saracens rugby superstar Fabio Ongaro
and the Maserati GranCabrio

Eduardo Teodorani Fabbri and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Alizee Gaillard, comedian Patrick Kielty,
supermodel Jodie Kidd and Major Phil Packer

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati

From Newspress in the UK



Maserati GB and its London retailer HR OWEN Sports Cars were extremely proud to support the revival of the Queen Charlotte’s Ball, returning to London for the first time in 12 years.

The Ball was founded over two hundred and fifty years ago by Queen Charlotte with the help of the debutantes of the time to raise funds for mothers and babies through the hospital later called Queen Charlotte’s Hospital: it was the traditional "coming out" ceremony that once heralded the beginning of the season.

Today the London Season, chaired by Mrs David Hallam-Peel, supports Lord Winston and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in the research to help premature birth, miscarriage and infertility.

Durbar Court, the “Jewel of Whitehall”, was the chosen venue for the event and the Debutantes arrived in chauffeur driven Maserati Quattroporte cars. Dressed in stunning Pronovias white gowns and wearing diamonds and pearls by Mikimoto, they entered Durbar Court in a traditional procession and were presented to HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, HH Princess Olga Romanov and Their Graces The Duke and Duchess of Somerset.

The Charity Auction, which included the first drive of the Maserati GranCabrio when it arrives in the UK next year, was brilliantly conducted by Lord Dalmeny and raised sixty thousand pounds in support of the Wolfston and Weston Research Centre for Family Health at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital site of Imperial College London.




Text and photos courtesy of Maserati

From Newspress in the UK



Maserati GB was once again present as sponsor of the 11th edition of the Goodwood Revival meeting, which welcomed over 100,000 spectators over the course of the weekend.

A record 18 classic Maseratis were entered in this year’s competitions, including four Maserati 250Fs, the legendary F1 car recently voted as the “World’s greatest racing car” by readers of Octane magazine. The Maserati 250F had been put forward by Sir Stirling Moss, who celebrated his 80th birthday at Goodwood Revival, who said: “I have great affection for the 250F because it was the car that gave me my first proper break in Formula One.”

Away from the thrilling on-track action, Maserati exhibited in the Earls Court Motorshow, recreating the glamour of an authentic 1960s show. A stunning Maserati Mistral Spyder alongside a Quattroporte (Mk I) wowed the spectators, whilst they were offered a tantalising glimpse of Maserati’s “cars of the future” in the form of the GranTurismo S Automatic and Quattroporte Sport GTS that flanked their 1960s counterparts.

On Sunday 150 clients were treated to sumptuous hospitality at Goodwood House, where Maserati GB hosted its annual Goodwood Revival lunch. The spectacular display on the lawn in front of Goodwood House featured the complete Maserati range: the Quattroporte, Quattroporte S and Quattroporte Sport GTS alongside the GranTurismo, GranTurismo S Automatic and the GranTurismo S.

Mr Andrea Antonnicola, Managing Director of Maserati GB, officially announced the arrival of the Maserati GranCabrio, which will be unveiled to clients in a private preview in London on October 1st ahead of its on sale UK estimated date of March 15, 2010. He subsequently announced the winners of the Maserati competition: Ms Kate Christie won the “Best Dressed Lady” award, presented by Adler of Bond Street. Ms Brenda Laguna, Marketing Director of Adler, was delighted to present Ms Christie with a stunning Chameleon ring, an 18kt gold ring and pave set with blue sapphires, whilst Ms Grace Fodor of Jemma Kidd make-up presented Ms Julia Dempster with a goodie bag of Jemma Kidd products for the “Best Make-Up”.

Mr Hugh Taylor’s stunning 1955 Maserati 300S, one of
18 Maseratis which raced at the Goodwood Revival 2009

Maserati Models, clad in vintage Mariella Burani clothes,
with a Maserati Mistral Spyder at the Earl’s Court Motorshow.

The 2009 Maserati range on display at Goodwood House

Celebrity chef and Maserati owner James Martin attends
the annual Maserati Revival lunch at Goodwood House

Ms Julia Dempster (left) winner of the
Best Make-Up Award by Jemma Kidd Make-Up
and Ms Kate Christie (right) winner of the
Best Dressed Lady Award by Adler.

Maserati staff wearing vintage Mariella Burani
clothes and jewellery from Adler.

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati

From Newspress in the UK



Frankfurt, September 15, 2009 - The GranCabrio, the first four-seater convertible in the history of Maserati, makes its international début today at the Frankfurt International Auto Show. The GranCabrio – the third prong of the Trident – completes Maserati’s product line-up that now consists of three different families of models: Quattroporte, GranTurismo and GranCabrio – sedan, coupe and convertible.

Sketch of the Maserati GranCabrio - ©Maserati

The open-top GranCabrio is pure Maserati. It is a Maserati in the truest sense, with an unmistakable Pininfarina design, spacious interior, handcrafted details, driving pleasure and high performances. The Maserati GranCabrio touches all five senses in an open-air experience that retains all the typical comfort and performance brio. Like all Maserati’s open-top models, the GranCabrio is a special car intended for true connoisseurs.

The GranCabrio continues in the footsteps of the Maserati tradition in open-top models, and adds to a line-up of models that has made the history of the Modena manufacturer, such as the 1950 A6G Frua Spyder, the 3500GT Vignale Spyder (1960), the Mistral Spyder (1964), the Ghibli Spyder (1968) and the 2001 Spyder, the car Maserati chose for his comeback to the United States.

True to its tradition, the Maserati GranCabrio opens a new chapter, because never before have four-seater top-down models been produced at the Viale Ciro Menotti Maserati factory in Modena. There are four proper seats, so that the rear passengers are not merely supporting actors, but co-stars of the journey.

The Maserati GranCabrio - "O Sole Maserati!!" ©Maserati

The Maserati GranCabrio is powered by a 4.7 litre V8 engine paired with the fluid 6-speed automatic transmission. In Sport mode, the V8 gives the driver and passengers the full power of its 323kW, with a thrilling roar that becomes even more exciting with the top down, as it becomes one with its surroundings.

Completely re-engineered

The body of the Maserati GranCabrio has been thoroughly overhauled. Despite the lack of an overhead frame and a wheelbase at the top of its class (2.942mm: longer than its direct competitors) it guarantees the best possible performance in terms of structural rigidity. This enhances the smooth handling, safety and comfort of the car, and fully exploits the powerful, efficient mechanics.

The newly-designed bearing monocoque has been made using materials and technologies designed especially to optimise weight: the bonnet and cross beams are made from aluminium, while the boot is made from SMC (Sheet Molding Compound).

The excellent weight distribution (with higher load at the rear) also facilitates excellent on-the-road dynamics and improved safety, in combination with the vehicle’s control systems. These include, for the first time ever, the Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), which optimises brake performance both in frequent use and in emergency situations.

The new body took thousands of hours of calculations, testing and development. The result of all this work is a static rigidity at the top of its class (75000 DaN/m/rad) and dynamic torsional frequency of 27.2 Hz.

Particular attention has been paid to developing the aerodynamics, with the creation of a flat aluminium base that not only adds to the overall body’s rigidity but also reduces Cx by 6 points. In this way, for the first time, the convertible version of a car is able to maintain the same aerodynamic performance of the coupe, with a Cx of 0.35.

An all-round experience

Behind the wheel of the Maserati GranCabrio, driving fun combines with comfort and safety in all road conditions. With the longest wheelbase in its segment, the Maserati GranCabrio gives all passengers an extremely comfortable ride even on long journeys. Their safety is enhanced thanks to the extendable roll bars behind the rear seats, which are activated if necessary.

Passenger comfort onboard the Maserati GranCabrio also comes from the perfect integration between the vehicle’s top and its main systems, guaranteeing maximum efficiency and drivability in all conditions. The automatic dual-zone climate control function optimises the conditions inside the car, adjusting the internal temperature and the intensity of ventilation depending on the outside temperature, heat of the sun, and air humidity.

By capitalising on the close collaboration between Maserati engineers and BOSE technicians on the GranTurismo, the GranCabrio has been equipped with a BOSE audio system that adds another dimension to open-air music.

The Maserati GranCabrio is fitted with Skyhook suspension as standard. The braking system uses high performance dual-cast technology, developed in collaboration with Brembo and already successfully employed on the GranTurismo and Quattroporte.

The GranCabrio’s roof is strictly canvas-made, emphasising the link with the Maserati tradition. Aerodynamic, aero-acoustic efficiency and the desire to make the GranCabrio a car suitable for all year driving are the principles which led the Maserati technicians to develop a three-layer canvas hood. Not only does it offer ample opportunities for customisation, but it also adds considerable benefits in terms of on-the-road dynamics, as the car’s centre of gravity is lower. In 28 seconds, passengers can enjoy the thrill of the open-air experience, activating the open/close mechanism even when the car is moving, at speeds of up to 30km/h.

The Maserati GranCabrio will be marketed this coming winter, and experienced by customers the world over from the following spring.

Clients and supporters of the brand can already choose contents and features of their own Maserati GranCabrio, thanks to a completely renewed car configurator (, which is state of the art in terms of image quality and flexibility of usage. The Maserati GranCabrio is also on the web with a dedicated minisite (

New features for the Quattroporte range

Since its debut in 2003, the Maserati Quattroporte, a car that defined the luxury sport sedan segment, has won the hearts of 20,000 customers worldwide, winning 53 international awards with its sleek lines styled by Pininfarina and perfect balance between elegance and sportiness.

The Quattroporte range, fully restyled between September 2008 and the beginning of this year with the presentation of the Quattroporte Sport GT S, now includes three models:

The Maserati Quattroporte with 4.2 litre engine
The Maserati Quattroporte S with 4.7 liter engine
The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S, with a 4.7 engine, sport set-up and a gearbox stressing its sporty character.
To round off its offer, Maserati is presenting at the Frankfurt Auto Show the new Executive GT kit.

The new Executive GT package incorporates various features that offer passengers the ultimate level of comfort and sophistication. On the exterior, the package is characterised by the distinctive “Executive GT” plaque, the new 19” Executive Design wheels, and the Argento brake callipers. Inside, elegance is assured by the use of new materials such as Moonwood for the trim, Pearl Beige leather for the upholstery, Alcantara roof and wood/leather steering wheel. Comfort is provided by the heated electric rear seats complete with ventilation and massage function, rear climate control and blinds on the side windows.

Other new additions regarding customised features include the new 20’’ Multi-Trident wheels, which first appeared at the start of the year on the Quattroporte Sport GT S, and are now available across the entire range. The Titantex finish adds a sophisticated, sporty air to the inside of the Quattroporte Sport GT S and is now available, on request, for the heel rests and steering wheel.

Bluetooth, USB socket (both standard features) and iPod interface (on request) are now available across the whole range, as is the TMC Premium service that keeps drivers instantly updated with comprehensive and accurate traffic information (available as standard in Italy, France, Great Britain and Germany) and allows passengers to calculate alternative routes.

Launch of the GranTurismo MC Trofeo

Maserati wrote the first glorious chapter in its history in the world of motor racing: from its foundation in 1914, until construction of the first pure Maserati, the Tipo 26 dated 1926. Since then, Maserati has always produced single-seaters and sports cars that have left their mark on the most prestigious races thanks to the great performance, versatility and reliability that still characterises all Maserati vehicles today.

The list of honours is a long one, and includes two wins at the Indianapolis 500, in 1939 and ‘40 with Wilbur Shaw driving an 8CTF Boyle Special, two F1 World Championship wins with Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 and 1957 in a Maserati 250F, not to mention the long series of successes notched up by the Maserati MC12 GT1, that has won ten titles and three Spa 24-hour races in the FIA GT championship since 2005.

Passion, spectacle, exclusivity and entertainment. Four words that sum up the essence of the new GranTurismo MC Trofeo, to be launched in 2010. On the strength of its experience in the previous editions of Trofeo Europa, Maserati is now able to offer racing enthusiasts and “gentlemen drivers” among its customers a championship that is the only one of its kind on the international motor racing scene.

The GranTurismo MC Trofeo has preserved the same organisational formula that contributed to the success of previous editions. By enrolling in the championship, drivers will acquire a package of services including all technical and organisational aspects. Drivers can enter as individual competitors, or with a team mate.

Beginning in April 2010, the Trofeo will be held on seven dates with two 40-minute races, at Europe’s most prestigious circuits, with two 40-minutes races per event.

Preview of the GranTurismo MC Trofeo

The Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo was created on the back of the GranTurismo MC Concept, a vehicle developed on the basis of the highly successful road going model, the GranTurismo S. Maserati Corse technicians have taken the standard vehicle, made it much lighter and optimised its dynamics, while maintaining the reliability of components in the engine, gearbox and transmission.

Thanks to a remapped ECU, the use of a racing-grade exhaust system and the application of a specific air filter, the power of the V8 4.691cc engine rises to 330.9Kw (450CV), with torque of 510 Nm at 4750 rpm. The gearbox is the standard electro-actuated one.

The vehicle is fitted with racing-type single set dampers and special wheels – 11”x18” at the front and 13”x18” at the rear, on which wide-section tires have been fitted to enhance the car’s performance. The braking system (no ABS) consists of mono-bloc calipers and steel discs.

Maserati leads the FIA GT Driver and Team rankings

The International FIA GT Championship season is drawing to a close, with the Maserati teams putting in an outstanding performance. Bertolini/Bartels are at the top of the driver’s ranking with 41 points (4 points ahead of their nearest rivals), thanks to two wins (Adria and Budapest), two second places (Silverstone and Oschersleben) and a fourth place (Spa-Francorchamps). Meanwhile the Müller/Ramos team has come close to winning on many occasions and is now in sixth place with 15 points.

A third MC12, emblazoned with the colours of the Vitaphone Racing Team DHL since the Spa 24-hour race, has come second on the two occasions when it made the starting grid, as was the case with Bobbi/Pier Guidi in Budapest. Pier Guidi is ranked fifth, with 16 points.

The car’s competitiveness is also borne out by the number of pole positions it has achieved: four out of five races, of which the last three have been consecutive.

With three races left to go (the new event at Algarve, Paul Ricard and Zolder), the Vitaphone Racing Team – currently the top team with 56 points (19 more than its rivals) – and its drivers are now aiming to add to Maserati’s already exceptional list of achievements, consisting of 10 titles in 4 seasons of competition in the FIA GT.

Podium debut for the GranTurismo MC

The second phase of the GT4 European Cup saw the début of the new Maserati GranTurismo MC, the car chosen by Maserati to continue its international motor racing tradition. The new car immediately produced a convincing performance at Spa and Zolder, races where the GranTurismo MC won second, third, fourth and sixth places.

The new GT4 was prepared for the race by AF Corse, a team that introduced the MC12 in 2004, which won several races. It was driven by Lorenzo Casé, supported at Spa by Cédric Sbirrazzuoli from Monaco.

The first deliveries of the GranTurismo MC, sold through Maserati Corse at a basic price of €135,000 plus VAT, are expected in November 2009.

A world-record anniversary

September 28 marks the eightieth anniversary of Maserati’s first world record. On September 28, 1929, in Cremona, the legendary driver Bakunin Borzacchini set world land speed record over the flying 10 km, driving a 16-cylinder vehicle designed by Alfieri Maserati. Borzacchini achieved a speed of 246.069 kph.


Text and photos courtesy of Maserati




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