Some 40,000 GranTurismo and GranCabrio models were built in Maserati’s Viale Ciro Menotti factory in Modena. Those two iconic cars are coming to an end, and as a final swan song, Maserati will produce one final special edition, the GranTursimo Sport Edizione V8 Aspirator.
Maserati’s 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 is a hand-built engine that came to be with the help of Ferrari. It’s capable of 460 horsepower and 520Nm of peak torque. Connected to a six-speed ZF Automatic Gearbox, the engine can propel a GranTurismo Sport from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.8 seconds. It has a top speed of 299 kilometers per hour. The Sport also benefits from new, lower air ducts that help the grille improve airflow distribution while reducing aerodynamic drag. But that change didn’t affect the iconic “shark nose” hexagonal grille shape. Maserati is offering the Aspirato in five colors unique to this model—Blu Corse, Blue Sera, Aregento Auteuil, Verde Britannia, and Celest Chiaro. The car will also be available in Nero Carbonio and Rosso Italiano.
On the inside, four adults will find plenty of comfort when riding in the Aspirato. Individual seats are covered in Poltrona Frau leather. Alcantara and leather upholstery are available for the interior. The Aspirato also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mirroring functions. Adding even more sophistication, the central console uses forged aluminum for the control knobs.
As the final notes sound for Maserati’s GranTurismo and GranCabrio, it’s nice to see one last offering of the iconic engine. The Maserati engine was one of the last naturally aspirated V8 engines on the market, and chances are we won’t be seeing its like again. It took the combined powers of Maserati and Ferrari to put the engine together, and the creativity of Pininfarina to make the original design. There’s a reason why the coupe was so often titled the ultimate expression of Maserati’s craftsmanship and technology. It will be hard to let it go, but there’s plenty on the horizon for Maserati to accomplish, and judging from their history, the future looks very promising.