Maserati Japan Ltd. has launched the MY18 Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio. A hangar at Narita International Airport was chosen as the venue for the unveiling of the new MY18 models. A chartered cargo aircraft with special Maserati livery flew in from Milan, Italy and unloaded 28 units of the new GranTurismo and GranCabrio, and both models were unveiled to VIP guests soon after their arrival.
The venue, which was not open to the public, hosted a special evening with the Maserati-branded B747 and the MY18 Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio, merging luxury with an extraordinary experience.
Attending this one-of-a-kind celebration were the owners of the freshly delivered MY18 Maserati models, along with Maserati enthusiasts and other VIP guests, members of the press and auto journalists.
The GranTurismo and GranCabrio range has been streamlined for 2018 and two distinct versions will be offered – Sport and MC. The 4.2-litre GranTurismo and GranCabrio has been discontinued, while the Sport and MC share the same powertrain V8 of 4.7-liter and interior personalization packages.
The MC – for Maserati Corse – takes on an important ambassadorial role for the entire Maserati range, representing the company’s long and illustrious racing heritage. Replacing the previous MC Stradale, it offers a wide array of tried and tested features from other Maserati models.
The naturally aspirated V8 engine is hand-assembled by Ferrari in Maranello and weighs only 175kg. This 4.7-liter unit features a wet sump and – exclusive to Maserati – a cross-plane crankshaft. This provides unrivalled throttle response, free-revving characteristics and the thrilling Maserati signature sound.
When it came to the MY18 restyle, the timeless Pininfarina design was treated with the utmost respect by the Maserati Design Centre. The results include even better aerodynamics and compliance with the latest pedestrian safety regulations.
The new front and rear bumper design for the MY18 GranTurismo and GranCabrio elegantly refines the visual impact of the striking original styling. Additionally, the headlights for each model have been slightly restyled for 2018, and a new rear-view camera is now included. The Sport and MC share the same basic features, although each has unique inserts to accentuate its distinctive character.