Saturday, March 17, 2012

Engine, Chassis, Transmission and Suspension for Maserati GranTurismo S

The Maserati GranTurismo S is powered by eight cylinder, 4691 cc V90 engine developing 433 bhp at 7000 rpm and producing a maximum torque of 361 lb-ft at 4750 rpm. Two overhead camshafts per bank and four valves per cylinder control the timing with hydraulic tappets. The overhead camshafts on the aspirated side are managed by low pressure and continual phase valve timing of less than fifteen seconds. The higher displacement and the exhaust valves controlled by the driver contributed to the increase of the power and torque. When the driver pushes the "sport" button on the dash, he / she activates the valves opening allowing the exhaust to escape quicker whether the lower pressure lets the engine to reach its peak power output of 433 bhp.

The Maserati GranTurismo S' six speeds automatic transmission is developed by the German specialists ZF and it is specifically designed for Maserati. The self-adapting automatic transmission is particularly felt at low to medium revs but still grants immediate power delivery higher to the rev range allowing the changes to be made at 7200 rpm redline, a level that no other automatic transmission in the class can equal. The transmission operates in four modes: auto normal, for comfortable driving, auto sport for the clients who prefer a sporty driving experience, Auto ICE designed for low grip conditions and the Manual Mode. With this last setting, the driver chooses when to change gears through the shift paddles located on the steering column.

The Maserati GranTurismo S has an optimal weight distribution: 49% front and 51% rear, a set up that Maserati achieved by shifting the engine behind the front axle allowing the driver to feel an unparalleled level of response and balance. The car provides dynamic handling while providing a more comfortable drive.

The rear wishbone suspension has an 'anti dive' and 'anti squad' geometry which limits the front dipping under braking and the rear end squadding under acceleration.

The Skyhook system is standard in the Maserati GranTurismo S. To constantly adjust the damping rate, the technology uses shock absorbers with aluminum body.The system uses acceleration sensors to detect movements on all four wheels and the body. Skyhook allows to automatically selecting the optimal level of damping and integrates it with the Maserati Stability Program safety System as well as with the calibration of the car's automatic transmission, with the results of having a car that easily adapt to the characteristics of each driver.

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