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2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S or the Maserati Granturismo?


Aston Martin has given its Vanquish S a more extensive facelift for the 2017 model year. This was done during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, where the Vanquish S was showed with notable updates on the outside, as well as a more powerful engine under the hood.

According to a report, the updates on the exterior make the Aston Martin Vanquish S stand out from the current model, which will bow out after this upgraded version. The most noticeable change is the new aerodynamic package that includes an exposed carbon-fiber front splitter and rear diffuser. There’s also a new quad exhaust outlets, a new Vanquish “S” badge on the tailgate, carbon-fiber hood louvres, forged five-spoke “diamond-turned” wheels, and “striking painted graphics.” The paint job combines yellow stripes over green paint, red over white, and orange over blue.

In terms of designs, this is going to compete with the Bentley Continental GT Speed and the Ferrari F12berlinetta.

Aston Martin also upgraded the V-12 engine to produce 592 horsepower, the exact same output by the limited edition Vanquish Zagato. What Aston did here is to upgrade the Vanquish’s 5.9-liter engine to Zagato specs. It now has an extra 24 horsepower while the torque will remain at 465 pound-feet of torque.

This upgrade enables the Vanquish S to go 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Top speed, however, remained at 201 mph. Aston Martin also tweaked the 8-speed Touchtronic III transmission. It can now deliver faster gearshifts and greater refinement even at low speeds.

The new Vanquish S will be sold for £199,950 in the United Kingdom, €262,950 in Germany, and $294,950 in the United States. Deliveries of the car will begin this December.

Maserati Granturismo


Although launched in 2007, the Maserati Granturismo can still compete well with the Vanquish S. It gets its power from a 4.7-liter V-8 engine, with the most powerful version able to churn out 453 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 188 mph.

It is not as fast as the Vanquish, but it can certainly challenge it when it comes to craftsmanship, luxury and options. The Granturismo is also more affordable at $150,570.

3 Amazing Things About The Edo Competition’s Tuning Package For The Maserati MC12


The Maserati MC12 did not need more power or tuning, but Edo Competition apparently wanted to make our eyes pop out of their sockets. Almost a decade since it was first released, the MC12 is receiving an exciting new tuning package from the German auto tuner.

It seems outrageous that a car worth $1.6 million (and rising since it became a huge favorite among collectors) needs a performance package, but that’s what Edo Competition just did based on a report. Back when the MC12 was still brand new, a lot of auto tuners wanted to tinker with it, but Maserati was adamant the 50 units it released will stay that way. They were each priced at $670,000.

Things are different now because the Italian brand was the one who commissioned Edo Competition to come up with a package that will prepare the MC12 for the centenary celebration.

It Can Unleash 620 Horsepower

If put in competition with some of today’s fastest vehicles, the MC12 would still come up on top. It’s one of the fastest automobiles ever made and thanks to Enzo, the 6.0-liter V12 can originally produce 620 horsepower and 652 Nm (481 lb-ft) of torque. These figures allow the MC12 to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. It has a maximum top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).

Edo’s Variant Presents Slight Deviations

If you thought the MC12 was powerful enough on its own, then you’ll be surprised with what Edo did. The Edo variant is only one of the 12 track-only Corse cars that have been converted to road use. It features slight deviations from the original race car, such as the new exhaust system, street chassis, suspension tuning, and a fuel system that can process pump gas.

It’s Called the “Edo MC12 Versione Corse”

For short, it’s officially the VC, and can power a whopping 744 horsepower and 740 Nm (546 lb-ft) of torque. Because it only weighs 1,250 kilograms, it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds flat. It still has a top speed of 330 km/h.

Four Things To Expect From The Maserati Alfieri


It was recently announced that the launch of the Maserati Alfieri will be pushed back to 2020. This is an unwelcome development for those who want to see the Italian brand’s new flagship, but it’s good news for those craving for a worthy successor of the Maserati GranTurismo because the company is reportedly delaying the Alfieri to create a new generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio.

But for now, here are four expectations we have about the Maserati Alfieri:

There is a New Lightweight Platform

Little is known about the Alfieri that will come out in 2020, but engineer Davide Danesin earlier announced that Maserati is developing a new platform that will allow the vehicle to be made out of lightweight material like aluminum. Both the Alfieri and the next-generation GranTurismo is expected to ride on a platform with a “more sporty architecture” than the Ghibli, Levante and Quattroporte.

It is Going to Come Close to the Ghibli

The platform that’s going to be used with the Alfieri won’t be all new. It will share bits and pieces, “some common basis,” with the Ghibli sedan. This move will likely reduce costs, as well as development time, reports suggest.

It Will Have a Rear-wheel Drive Layout

Originally, an all-wheel drive was being considered for the Alfieri, but Danesin clarified that this seems to be improbable. The next best thing is to create the Alfieri with an exclusive rear-wheel drive layout.

The Engine Will Likely Be a V6

Engine options for the Maserati Alfieri remains to be unconfirmed, although we are expecting it to be powered by a V6 engine that can produce 410, 450, and 520 horsepower, depending on the variant.

The Alfieri concept was first introduced at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, where it wowed the audience. Its production version was supposed to be released as early as 2016, but this was pushed back to 2018 according to a report. Now, it seems fans have to wait until the end of the decade to see the concept come to life.

Maserati Levante Will Have A Plug-In Version

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The Maserati Levante will make its debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show, but its CEO already confirmed during the Geneva Motor Show last week that the SUV—marking Maserati’s first foray into SUVs—will also come in a plug-in hybrid variant.

According to Motor Authority, the plug-in hybrid powertrain will be sourced from the Chrysler Pacifica, both of which are cousins within the Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles umbrella. The Pacifica, already getting ready for its consumer launch, boasts of the company’s latest hybrid tech.

At this point, it’s pure speculation whatever part of that plug-in hybrid technology will be found under the Levante’s hood. The Levante bound for the United States will be available with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 in either 345- or 424-horsepower tunes.

Levante has competitions from all over Germany in terms of plug-in hybrids, but its CEO Harald Wester suggested that this powertrain will comprise only six percent of the total Levante production.

The Levante, of course, would have to suffer some engineering stylistics because it would have to adapt the Pacifica’s hybrid tech. It rides on a Maserati platform and uses an engine not shared with Chrysler. What’s purely up in the air is how the Levante would perform on the road and in the real world. However, it surely promises fuel savings with plenty of power.

As we very well know, the Levante will come in gas-powered version too, which would probably produce more power than the hybrid variant since it’s using all fossil fuels for its engine. There’s no pricing yet, but expect it to be in the range of the Porsche Cayenne S.

The Levante, according to Wester, is for people who don’t want another Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, BMW or Lamborghini. It was created for those who want something different in an SUV, especially since it’s Italian and promises power coupled with efficiency.

2017 Maserati Levante SUV to Drop at Geneva Motor Show

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When photos of the new 2017 Maserati Levante SUV leaked online ahead of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next month, the Italian luxury brand has taken it upon itself to release the full series of photos of their new SUV.

The images only confirmed the leak that showed the Levante not having the same design as the Kubang concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. The front features the brand’s corporate grille, cat’s eye headlights, large lower air intake, and portholes on the front fenders.

The rear has elements of the Porsche Cayenne and Alfa Romeo Giulia, so it’s like getting the rear aesthetics of three powerful SUVs all at once.

The Levante’s making use of the rear-wheel-drive architecture of the Ghibli and Quattoporte sedans. But in terms of length, it would be a notch closer to the Ghibli. It would also have an electronically controlled suspension with adjustable dampers and air springs. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission to power a four-wheel drive system.

There is no full specs yet, but it is expected that the Maserati Levante SUV will have the turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. There might also be an option to power it with the Ferrari-sourced 3.8-liter V-8. The fastest model would probably be at 500 horsepower.

Maserati said the company would offer the option of a diesel engine although if you’re in the United States, you may not be able to get your hands on that one.

Europe will get firsthand experience of the Maserati Levante SUV this spring. As for those in the United States, you would all have to wait a little longer as it is expected to drop there later this year.

The Geneva Motor Show next month will have a preview of the Levante, so expect to get more information and details there about this new SUV.

Brand-New Maserati GranSport to Boast Twin-Turbo V-6

You may have heard rumors that Italian auto brand Maserati is considering adding a new type of vehicle to its lineup: a mid-engine supercar. This new Maserati would offer much greater performance power than any current Maserati vehicle and would serve as the brand’s “halo car.” It’s even slated to get a GranSport label- the marker of a truly powerful vehicle. This new supercar will be simply named the Maserati GranSport and will compete with the Audi R8 and the Porsche 911 for the top supercar spot. The vehicle will probably only produce around 2,000 units each year, and it’s expected to go on sale at dealerships across the world by 2015.

The Maserati GranSport Super Car 2015

Of course, there have been many rumors circulating about the new vehicle and its exact position when compared to its contenders. Though Auto Express originally reported that the new supercar would receive the brand’s 4.7-liter V-8 engine, the reports have now changed to suggest that the GranSport is specifically designed to hold a twin-turbo V-6 engine. This engine could achieve zero-to-sixty in under four seconds and top 190 mph due to its over 450-horsepower production capacity. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will be paired with this V-6 (sourced from the Ferrari 458 Italia) and will send power from the mid-mounted engine directly to the rear wheels. This engine could also be seen in the Maserati Kubang SUV and an upcoming BMW sedan that will rank below the next Quattroporte.

Our source has also revealed that the new Maserati model will feature a carbon-fiber chassis that’s identical to the Italian Alfa Romeo 4C concept, though the track and wheelbase will be extended to properly house the V-6 engine. Despite this extension, however, the Maserati GranSport will be impressively light, at a curb weight of only 2,6040 lbs.

If these numbers are, in fact, true, we can expect the new GranSport to have a power-to-weight ratio very similar to the Maserati MC12 and will have ratio of 5.87 pounds per horsepower. The MC12 produced 623 horsepower and a curb weight around 3,150 pounds and could achieve 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and had a top speed of 205 mph, so the new Maserati GranSport should be extremely impressive as well!

The two-seater Maserati GranSport could be priced around $140k and will certainly help the brand to achieve its ambitious goal of selling 50-thousand global units annually by 2015. The GranSport is one of the three promised vehicles that will be introduced by Maserati by 2015. One of the other vehicles is the upcoming Maserati Kubang SUV, which was first introduced in concept form at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The second, of course, is the GranSport, and the third is still being debated, though it’s likely to be the rumored “baby Quattroporte” that the company has been developing. Rumors surrounding this small sedan have been circling the internet for quite some time now.

Stay tuned here with for more information about the upcoming Maserati GranSport, and be sure to check out our reviews for currently available models while you wait. From the Maserati Quattroporte sedan to the Maserati GranTurismo Sports Coupe, we’re your comprehensive source for new car reviews!

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