Posted by in Maserati on June 24, 2011
The Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic combines performance, uncompromising driving pleasure and superb elegance and beauty. The GranTurismo S is powered by a 8-cylinder V90° engine that develops 433 hp at 7,000 rpm producing a maximum torque of 361 lb-ft at 4,750 rpm. The six speed automatic transmission delivers driving comfort and together with the increased torque brings the car true GT spirit.
The new Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic boasts two new pieces of hardware: a 433 bhp 4.7 liter engine for exceptional performance and a six speed automatic transmission for the maximum in driving comfort.The effects of the self-adapting automatic transmission can be experienced particularly at low to medium revs, but it grants immediate power delivery higher up the rev range, with a top 7,200 rpm redline, a rate that no other automatic transmission in the class can equalize. The MC-Shift for the gearbox is the biggest innovation on the Maserati GranTurismo S sequential robotic gearbox. Its management software along with hardware components deliver super-fast gear change times.
The Maserati GranTurismo S feature four model: Auto Normal (for comfortable and smooth drving), Auto Sport (for those enjoying a sportier ride), Auto ICE (for low grip conditions) and Manual. By pressing the “Sport” button” on the dash, the driver opens the valves allowing the exhaust to escape more quickly while the lower back-pressure lets the engine reaching its 433 bhp peak power output. If the Manual mode is selected, the driver will change the gears via the shift paddles located in the steering column.
The GranTurismo S reacts superbly thanks to its unique 49% front and 51% rear weight distribution, giving the driver an incomparable sense of balance and response. The Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic delivers a precise handling thanks to its front and rear wishbone suspension. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by in Lotus on June 24, 2011
Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Lotus Esprit was produced for a total of twenty eight years, between nineteen seventy six and two thousand and four. The initial design based on the elongated Europe chassis was displayed to the public at the nineteen seventy two Motor Show in Turin. The name Esprit was in tradition with the E starting names, such as Elan, Elite, Europa and Elise. Over ten thousand of the sports cars were produced within its life time.
The production of the car began in nineteen seventy six after it was officially launched in late nineteen seventy five at the French Motor Show in Paris. The Series One as they became known was to replace the previous Europa models, which shared the same rear engine position. The S1 was generally known as a good handling car, yet lacked sufficient power. The car appeared on screen in the nineteen seventy seven film, The Spy Who Loved Me. The Series Two Esprit was born out of improvements to the initial first series model, with air intakes, new lights, spoilers, alloy wheels and changes to the gauges and dashboard.
The Series Three, or S3, began in nineteen eighty and sported an enlarged two point two litre engine as was found in the rare series 2.2 model. The third series was equipped with new alloy wheels as well as improved interior space. Nineteen eighty seven witnessed the new rounded styling of the Peter Stevens designed version. The V8 Esprit was introduced in nineteen ninety six, equipped with a three point five twin turbo engine which was capable of zero to sixty in less than five seconds and produced three hundred and fifty horse power. Production of the Esprit was ceased in two thousand and four, although it is believed the model could see a comeback in two thousand and ten or two thousand and eleven. Read the rest of this entry »