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From Novitec Tridente in Germany
 
646 BHP and 306 Km/h for the
MASERATI GRANTURISMO MC STRADALE
 

The MC Stradale is the sportiest model in the Maserati GranTurismo model series. NOVITEC TRIDENTE, the global leader in tuning for the automobiles from the Italian manufacturer, now offers a SUPERSPORT supercharged engine with 646 hp / 475 kW, three-piece wheels with diameters of 21 and 22 inches, a ride-height lowering by some 25 millimeters and numerous other exclusive options for the two-seater car. The combination of the ultra-powerful NOVITEC TRIDENTE engine and the lightweight-design concept of the MC Stradale results in sensational performance: 3.9 seconds from 0 - 100 km/h, 11.4 seconds to 200 km/h and a top speed of 306 km/h add even more excitement to the coupe.



Novitec Tridente's fabulously quick Maserati MC Stradale

 

Following tried and proven NOVITEC TRIDENTE tradition, a supercharger is also employed to enhance the performance of the sport model of the Maserati model range. The 4.7-liter eight-cylinder four-valve V engine drives the supercharger via a cogged belt. Maximum boost pressure is limited to 0.43 bar. To keep the charge-air temperature as low as possible, the supercharger system also includes a water-to-air intercooler connected to a dedicated water circuit with two heat exchangers that provides ideal temperatures.

The conversion, available for EUR 23,900, also includes a bigger intake manifold, larger injectors and newly calibrated mapping for the engine electronics. The new mapping coordinates the NOVITEC TRIDENTE high-performance components, and ensures a powerful and extremely linear power curve as well as exemplary engine longevity.



 

 

The central air scoop in the NOVITEC TRIDENTE hood provides the supercharged engine with an optimal amount of combustion air. The hood is optionally available made from especially lightweight clear-coated carbon fiber. For optimal venting of the engine bay the hood, which also available individually without engine conversion, features two large air vents.

To match the rear diffuser of the MC Stradale the tuner upgrades the butterfly-valve production exhaust system with two black-coated or polished tailpipes with a diameter of 105 millimeters.



 

 

The complex supercharger conversion elevates the Maserati sport model to a new performance level: with 646 hp / 475 kW at 7,500 rpm the NOVITEC TRIDENTE engine surpasses its root by 196 hp / 144.1 kW. Simultaneously peak torque grows to 624 Nm at 5,600 rpm. As is characteristic for a supercharged engine, the high-performance engine offers an extremely wide usable rev range from idle speed to the rev limiter.

In combination with the six-speed automatic transmission, whose gears are shifted either via shift paddles on the steering wheel or automatically, the tuned lightweight-construction sports car delivers excellent performance: from rest the MC Stradale shoots to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and reaches a speed of 200 km/h after just 11.4 seconds. Top speed is 306 km/h but optionally available longer gearing makes speeds in excess of 330 km/h possible.



 

 

While the body of the top-of-the-line Maserati model remains unchanged with the exception of the hood, NOVITEC TRIDENTE upgrades the appearance of MC Stradale with a staggered custom-tailored tire/wheel combination that features 21-inch wheels in front and 22-inch alloy wheels on the rear axle. These staggered wheels further emphasize the wedge- shape design of the sports car.

The three-piece NOVITEC TRIDENTE NM3 wheels with five double spokes are mounted on the front axle in size 9Jx21. Size 255/30 ZR 21 Pirelli P Zero high-performance tires transfer steering, braking and cornering forces. Excellent traction on the driven axle is provided by size 315/25 ZR 22 tires mounted on size 11.5Jx22 rims.



 

 

The NOVITEC TRIDENTE ride-height lowering is specifically calibrated to the high-performance tires. Progressive sport springs lower the ride height of the coupe by some 25 millimeters, which benefits not only the MC Stradaleís appearance but also its handling that due to the lower center of gravity becomes even more agile.

Naturally NOVITEC TRIDENTE also offers owners of a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale the option of tailoring their vehicles precisely to their personal preferences. Exclusive interiors are crafted to utmost perfection from the finest leather and Alcantara in any desired color.

Please check out our videom presentation on Youtube at www.youtube.com. Thank you!

For additional information please contact:

NOVITEC TRIDENTE
A Business Division of NOVITEC ROSSO GmbH & Co. KG
Hochstrasse 8
D-87778 Stetten
Germany

Tel: +49 / (0) 82 61 / 75 99 5-0
Fax: +49 / (0) 82 61 / 73 88 20
E-mail: info@novitectridente.com
Website: www.novitectridente.com

All text and photos courtesy of Novitec Tridente.

 
 
 
 
 
From Reg in the UK
 
MASERATI WEDDING CAR
 

"Enrico, you are back!

Hope you had a great trip?

Have forwarded these pictures of our friends Matt and Caroline's wedding at Banwell Castle recently.

My Maserati Biturbo 420s is now available for weddings !!

Best regards,

Reg."



Reg's Maserati Wedding Car

 


 

 

 
 
 
 
From David in Australia
 
MASERATI 3200 GT
 

"Hi Enrico,

I am the new owner of an Australian plated 2001, 6 speed 3200 GT which has 57,000km on the clock which is in A1 condition. The car is running much better after I did a major service on it 2 weeks ago including all oils and filters and clearing any error codes from the system. There are a few gremlins still floating about in the car and wouldnít mind your advice as you seem to be very talented in this area. I have read your whole page on the 3200ís and havenít found any information which covers these topics.



David's Maserati 3200 GT

 

1. When driving the car I have a feeling that 1 or 2 of the wastegates on the turbos are opening early and not letting the appropriate boost into the engine. When I accelerate you can hear the wastegates releasing air as soon as the engine applies boost. Not having another 3200 to reference to I am not sure if this is normal or not. I would have thought that the 3200 was a plum back system where any excess boost was returned back into the system and not released to atmosphere. Itís a fairly loud whistle you can here when the windows are down? Can you comment on if this is a problem or not. Should there be any wind up or blow off sound at all? All running gear is standard and I know that aftermarket valves have not been fitted.

2. I have read that the 3200 likes to be started after it completes its systems check in MAR mode before turning the key to crank the engine. If it let the car systems check itself the key 8/10 times doesnít want to turn any further and start the engine. However if I start the engine straight from the OFF position it starts without an issue. My only suggestion is that itís an immobiliser problem maybe? The red immobiliser light seems to always be flashing on the dash even when the engine is running. Would be keen to hear you response here to.

3. Do you think having done almost 60,000kms that I should change the oxygen Lambda sensor. Once every week or so the engine light comes on until I re-start the car and from reading other people's posts these are a fairly common part to fail and send the wrong information to the ECU. In my mind this is the cause and is probably a cheap sensor/s to change. Should I do any other sensor at the same time.

Thanks very much for your support. Itís great that there is an expert out there like you to assist the rest of us.

Warm Regards,

David."

 
 
 
 
 
From Piero in Italy
 
MASERATI 5000GT ??
 

"Ciao Enrico,

Do you think this is a correct version or is the seller confused ?

cgi.ebay.it

Described as a 1:43 scale model of the Maserati 5000GT ( Prince Bin-Saud ) by Carrozzeria Touring.

I found on your pages a Frua version, existed a Touring too?

Saluti,

Piero."



Maserati 5000GT ??

 

"Dear Piero,

Thank you for your email. Sorry I couldn't get back to you before the end of the auction, but I have been away in Italy for a short break.

According to "Maserati 5000GT: A Significant Automobile" by Maurice Khawam, "This 5000 GT, #AM103.010, was the third Touring built car that was re-manufactured for Prince Abdel Majid Bin Saud, the same prince that bought #AM103.064 for his father, the exiled King of Saudi Arabia.

The car was assigned a new chassis number #AM103.090 by Maserati to make it appear as a new car. It received a new color, red over black interior, and an update to the instrument panel to make it resemble that of a jet with knobs and switches overhead. An air conditioning system was installed to allow the occupants to cope with the hot Middle East climate."

Regards,

Enrico.



Maserati 5000GT #AM103.090 by Carrozzeria Touring


The uddated instrument panel of #AM103.090

 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATI PAYS TRIBUTE TO FANGIO
AT GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2011
 

Maserati was once again present as sponsor of the 13th edition of the Goodwood Revival meeting, which welcomed over 100,000 spectators over the course of the weekend.



The Maserati display in front of Goodwood House

This yearís event honoured one of the greatest names in automotive history, Juan Manuel Fangio, who competed at Goodwood in 1952 and í53. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the Argentinean legendís birth, whose name is indissolubly linked to Maserati as he won a Formula One world championship title with a 250 F in 1957.



Maria Teresa de Filippis and John Surtees

John Surtees at the wheel of the Maserati 250F

Several track parades in his honour took place throughout the weekend, featuring many cars that travelled from all over the world especially for the Goodwood Revival meeting. Formula One legends including John Surtees, Maria Teresa de Filippis (the first woman to race in Formula One) and Sir Stirling Moss, who celebrated his 82nd birthday during the course of the event, were all in attendance to pay their tribute to Fangio.

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 Maseratiís ďcars of the futureĒ in the form of the new Maserati GranCabrio and the stunning Quattroporte Sport GTS, beautiful evolutions of the 1960s models.

On Sunday 140 Maserati clients were treated to sumptuous hospitality at Goodwood House, where Maserati hosted its annual Goodwood Revival lunch. The spectacular display on the lawn in front of Goodwood House featured all the cars in the Maserati Range, including the new Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. Inside the House, guests admired an incredible display of jewels featuring rare Argyle pink diamonds courtesy of Calleija of Bond Street and ladies enjoyed the possibility of having their make-up perfected by a professional make-up artist from the Jemma Kidd Make Up School.



Maserati stand at Goodwood Revival

Maserati display at Goodwood House


Maserati display at Goodwood House

Maserati lady winners

The prize for the Best Dressed Maserati Lady went this year to Ms Janet Cheshire who received from Catherine Barnett and Jenna Dickson of Calleija of Bond Street a stunning pendant featuring an extremely rare pink Argyle diamond, whilst Ms Ann Simmons received the prize for Best Make-Up and was awarded, by Jessica Perfect of Jemma Kidd Make Up, a goodie bag full of beauty essentials, and Jemma Kiddís book on professional techniques and wearable looks, Make-Up Masterclass.

Text and ALL photos courtesy of Maserati

 
 
 
 
 
From Albert in The Netherlands
 
MASERATI QUATTROPORTE "Cornes Serie Speciale"
 

"Dear Enrico,

As you may know, in Japan they were quite fond of the Biturbo models. As a result, lmany Biturbos were exported to Japan.

After the end of the Quattroporte production, on the special request of the then Japanese Maserati/Ferrari distributor Cornes, a very last batch of 50 numbered Quattroporte was produced and named the "Cornes Serie Speciale".

They were V6 and V8 Evoluzione models, all automatic and they were produced between April and September 2001.

In detail, they were different from the standard Evoluzione models. In the place of the digital clock on the console there was the numered badge and the famous gold plated analogue Lassale clock returned to its place on the dash, replacing the chrome trident.

Close to the windows in the backdoors, near the "C" pillar, there was a Maserati badge, and on the interior carpets, there was a "Cornes" inscription. I published on the Dutch Maserati chat about the Cornes Serie (with photographs).

In Japan, there is a internet-site in English offering Maseratis, also the "Cornes Serie Speciale".

Here are a few photos of a V6 "Cornes Special Series" in 2001 in smoke silver with raspberry colored leather and a very low mileage.

Best regards,

Albert."



The Maserati Quattroporte "Cornes Serie Speciale"

 


Maserati badge on the rear door
 

"Cornes Serie Speciale" plaque
in place of the digital clock


Sumptuous interior of the Quattroporte IV

Return of the Lassale analogue clock


 

 
 
 
 
From Newspress in the UK
 
MASERATIíS VISION OF
A HIGH PERFORMING SPORT LUXURY SUV
 

Frankfurt, September 13, 2011. A new Maserati vehicle in the sport luxury SUV segment will represent a natural direction for Maserati to enlarge its product range and strengthen its presence in the sport luxury market.



Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 

For some reason SUVs today never seem to offer the kind of uplifting driving pleasure and luxury atmosphere that are two givens of todayís high-end sports and luxury cars. And this is precisely what Maserati set out to do with its new sport luxury SUV concept that is being unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show today, the forerunner of the future Maserati range, creating at once discontinuity by entering a new segment, and continuity by maintaining the integrity of Maseratiís DNA.

The idea of a sport luxury SUV is naturally not totally new to Maserati. Many will remember the Kubang concept that was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 2003. At a time in which few other brands were going in the direction of a sport luxury SUV, Maserati was already thinking to build one.

Today potential synergies with sister brand Jeep Ė a brand that 70 years ago created a new segment of the market and is today a leader of this very segment Ė are the important catalyst for Maseratiís own interpretation of a sport luxury SUV. And it seems only appropriate to give the model that we are unveiling today the very name of the concept that opened the way: Maserati Kubang.

The essence and all major system components of the Maserati sport luxury SUV will unmistakably be Maserati: style, engine, suspensions, brakes, handling and performance will all be 100% Maserati in picture-perfect continuity with the brandís core values of sportiness, style, elegance, luxury, performance and craftsmanship.



Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

The distinctive Maserati style that makes the Kubang immediately recognisable as a true Maserati has been created by the Maserati Style Center headed by Lorenzo Ramaciotti.

New-generation high-tech Maserati proprietary engines will be designed in Modena by Paolo Martinelli Ė Head of the Maserati Powertrain Department and for nearly 30 years at Ferrari, where he also served as engine chief of the Formula One racing team Ė and will be produced in Maranello by Ferrari.

An AT 8 speed automatic transmission and specific performance settings such as suspensions, brakes, steering will be exclusively developed in Modena for the Maserati sport luxury SUV by the Maserati Product Development Department.



Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 


From left to right:
Mr Ramaciotti, Head of Maserati Style Centre,
Mr Harald Wester, CEO of Maserati,

John Elkann, President of FIAT
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FIAT and President of Maserati
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Presidente of Ferrari


John Elkann, President of FIAT chats with
Mr Harald Wester, CEO of Maserati

Mr Harald Wester, CEO of Maserati
pointing out a detail


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

La bellezza di una Maserati !!


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

Maserati eleganza, con classe e stile !!


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 


Maserati's new SUV - The Kubang

 

Until today Maserati has been producing sedans, coupes and two- or four-seater convertibles. Whether we named them Quattroporte, GranTurismo or GranCabrio Ė or, before them, Ghibli, Mistral, Bora or Indy - their common denominator rested in two words: sportiness and luxury. Times have changed: sportiness and luxury today donít have just one definition. They can also take the form of a very dynamic looking and high performing sport luxury SUV.

Maserati GranCabrio Fendi

The Maserati GranCabrio Fendi is the first major fruit of Maseratiís partnership with the Italian maison, Fendi. This union of two iconic Made in Italy brands is rooted in their shared values, such as craftsmanship, technology, excellence and tradition.

The GranCabrio Fendi represents the culmination of all of this: the perfect marriage between the art of handmade objects with the refined technology of a 4.7-litre V8 engine. It is crafted in the historical Maserati headquarters in Modena, with exclusive materials created in various colours exclusively for this project.

The three-layered body colour named Grigio Fiamma Fendi is a special dark grey with an iridescent golden finish on the surface. The wood trim, named Pergamena Fendi, runs across the width of the dashboard, on the doors and on the top of the gear lever, all in the iconic Fendi yellow, like the carís brake callipers and the embroidered yellow Trident on the headrests.

Fendiís unmistakable double F logo, stitched on the seat, adds a strong, yet elegant character to the GranCabrio, and it also appears in the centre of the 20-inch alloy wheels and along the rocker panel.

Cuoio Romano, Fendiís precious leather from its Selleria line, has been used for details such as the instrument cluster cover, the gear lever and the profile of the floor mats. It is also featured in the luggage and accessories of the Limited Edition Travel Set.

The GranCabrio Fendi combines the art of Fatto a Mano (handmade) with Maseratiís acknowledged expertise in matching its critically acclaimed chassis with its sonorous 4.7-litre V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, all of which brings music to the ears of car connoisseurs.

Silvia Venturini Fendiís specially crafted logo seals this collaboration. A silver oval plaque with an engraved Maserati Trident, Fendi logo and the five-digit series number (five being an iconic number for Fendi) is located on the dashboard, in front of the passenger seat, and on both sides of the black, folding cloth roof.

A special black car cover with ton-sur-ton double F logo dresses the Maserati GranCabrio Fendi.

For information on the Maserati range on display at IAA, MY2012 product upgrades as well as FIA GT1 World Champion Andrea Bertolini deeds at the wheel of the Swiss Team Quattroporte Evo in the Superstars Series or the grand finale of the second season of the Trofeo Maserati GranTurismo MC, please go to www.media.maserati.com

Maseratiís 2011 Financial Results

For H1 2011, Maserati reported revenues of Ä303 million, substantially in line with the same period for the prior year (+2.3% at constant exchange rates).

Deliveries to the network were up 10.7% year-over-year to 3,213 vehicles.

The increase was driven by particularly strong performance in the USA and China, which experienced increases of 22% and 124%, respectively. Volume increases and efficiency gains contributed to trading profit of Ä18 million, up significantly over the Ä12 million recorded for H1 2010.

Text and ALL photos courtesy of Maserati

 
 
 
 
 
From Philippe in Belgium
 
AUTOBILD Klassik - October 2011
 

Philippe has advised me of an interesting article four page on the Maserati Biturbo that appears in the October 2011 issue of AUTOBILD Klassik.



The Maserati Biturbo


The Maserati Biturbo

 
 
 
 
From Enrico in the UK
 
MASERATI SPYDER CAMBIOCORSA
 

Whilst browsing through the Cars for Sale pages of the web site of the Maserati Club UK at www.maseraticlub.co.uk, I couldn't help but notice this striking Spyder Cambiocorsa in Blu Mediterraneo with a black leather interior.

I think you'll agree it's a nice combination !

The car has a full dealer service history, and the wheels have been recently refurbished withall brand new Pirelli P-Zeros.

"Fully loaded", it is fitted with; satellite navigation, Skyhook suspension, parking sensors, alarm, electric windows and folding mirrors, and heated seats. A Wonderful spec car.

That's a lot of car for GB £17,450 !!!



 


The Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

For further information click HERE !


 
 
 
 
From Daniele in Italy
 
MASERATI ROYALE
 

"Ciao Enrico,

ho visto le foto della Quattroporte Royale di Arnd, molto bella.

Mi sono ricordato che alcuni anni fa incontrai un ex funzionario della Maserati che mi disse che gli esemplari della Royale avrebbero dovuto avere gli stemmi sul volante in argento e oro massiccio ma che poi, visto il loro costo, non se ne fece nulla.

Fu realizzato un solo stemma, artigianalmente, ce l'ho io e te ne spedisco la foto.



Daniele's silver and gold steering wheel badge

 

Ciao!

Daniele.
"

 

"Hi Enrico,

I saw the photos of Arnd's Quattroporte Royale di Arnd, very nice.

I remembered that a few years ago, I met up with an official from Maserati and he told me that an original idea for the Royale called for the badge in the steering wheel to be made of either silver or solid gold, but, after realising the cost, this idea was quickly shelved.

I commissioned a badge for myself, hand-made in solid silver with a solid gold trident, and am sending you the photos.

Bye for now!

Daniele."

 
 
 
 
 
From Enrico in the UK
 
VICTORY BY DARIO DI CASTRI and CINZIA MINOSA
 

"Dear Enrico,

I would like to share with you and the rest of the worldwide Maserati community the victory by Dario Di Castri and Cinzia Minosa, with their 1984 Biturbo, in the 2011 Italian Regularity Championship for Modern Cars, an official series registered with the Italian CSAI.



Dario Di Castri and Cinzia Minosa with their victorious Maserati Biturbo

Dario's Biturbo will on display at the Padova fair on the 30th October 2011.

For a chance to discuss Dario's victory with the Italian Maserati community, here is a link:

www.repartocorse2.com

Ciao,

Maurizio."


 
 
 

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