2015 Maserati GranTurismo
100 Years of Maserati
A century is a long time in business, but when a car-maker reaches that milestone and has never wavered from its intended course of designing and building cutting-edge sports cars, then the achievement is even more amazing. To mark 100 years of production, Maserati took the opportunity to apply a series of enhancements to its 2015 model-year cars, including the GranTurismo coupe and convertible. And this is one of those very rare examples.
The Centennial package as it applied to the GranTurismo included special paint finishes and specific colours, as well as a specific finish for the alloy wheels. Inside, the seats featured piping in a contrasting colour (in this case white) and carbon-fibre trim pieces were used extensively. Finally, Centennial badging in a colour that paid homage to the brand’s original shades of blue completed the package.
The Perfect Balance
Beyond that, this example of the GranTurismo coupe features red brake calipers and carbon-backed seats which reduce weight and give a true high-tech feel to the interior. Under the bonnet lies the Ferrari-built 4.7-litre V8 in normally-aspirated form which gives not only linear acceleration and response that is perfect for sporting driving, but also endows the car with perhaps the finest exhaust note in the business. The six-speed automatic transmission, meanwhile, makes the most of that power and gives a perfect balance of performance and convenience in modern conditions.
Only sold in 2015 and then in very limited numbers, the Centennial package made the GranTurismo even more special and is definitely a Maserati that stands out from the crowd. And to obtain that degree of exclusivity there are two paths to travel: Either inspect this car and fall in love with it, or; wait another 96 years for Maserati’s next centenary.
Features include: Carbon-fibre interior trim, matt-black alloy wheels, red brake calipers, Centennial package specification, carbon-fibre backed front seats, dual-zone climate-control, electric front seats, contrasting leather piping, navigation, paddle shifters, stability control.