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 Boeing 747 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 motoring 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 have been discontinued, while the Sport and MC share the same 4.7-litre V8 powertrain and interior personalisation 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-litre 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.
Read more about the Maserati GranTurismo’s MY18 updates.