2012 Maserati GranTurismo S MC-Shift arrives in Australia

February 14, 2012

Maserati Australia is introducing the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo S MC-Shift. The model update gets a revised engine with more power, while the $345,000 price tag is unchanged.

The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo S MC-Shift is the Mack Daddy in the Italian company’s lineup, and is the highest performance model the company offers.

Fitted with a Ferrari-derived 4.7-litre V8 producing 331kW (up 8kW) of power and 510Nm of torque (up 20Nm), the spectacular coupe is able to sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 295km/h.

The high-revving unit is backed up by an MC-Shift six-speed electro-actuated sequential automatic transmission, featuring six different driver settings; Auto Normal, Auto Sport, Manual Sport, Manual Normal, Manual Sport with MC-Shift, and Ice.

Thanks to a number of revisions made to the engine’s internals, such as new hard-wearing coatings for the cam lobes and parts of the valvetrain, Maserati says the engine is now under less load and friction, and can rev more freely. As a result, fuel economy has improved, with an average rating of 15.5L/100km – down from 16.6L/100km.

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Glen Sealey, general manager of Maserati in Australia and New Zealand, recently said,

“The increased power and torque along with the improved mid-range performance will enable owners to more fully exploit the changes to suspension and steering we made last year.”

The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo S MC-Shift also gets an aggressively styled bodykit featuring carbon fibre trimmings front and rear, including door handles and side mirrors, as well as interior highlights in carbon for the ultimate in lightweight performance.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.