Maserati At The 2017 Festival Of Speed
By Kyle Lindsay
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 11:20
Over the Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend, Maserati celebrated 70 years of making some of the world’s most acclaimed grand tourers with the global dynamic debut of the legendary GranTurismo coupé and the world premiere of the GranCabrio.
Crowds of automotive enthusiasts visited the Maserati stand in their thousands as they admired the refreshed GranTurismo and GranCabrio, alongside four vintage grand tourers – representing Maserati’s GT history. Completing the line up on the stand was the Maserati Levante SUV, Ghibli and Quattroporte.
The legendary GTs spanning 70 years displayed on the stand included:
A6 1500: the original GranTurismo model was launched at the 1947 Geneva Motor Show featuring a 1.5-litre six-cylinder in-line engine with 65hp under a revolutionary body designed by Pininfarina.
3500 GT: the first “mass-produced” Maserati made its debut in 1957, the year Fangio took the F1 title in his 250F. Its aluminium body was designed by Touring around a 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine with 230hp.
Ghibli SS Coupé: named after a Saharan wind, the 1967 Ghibli was designed by Giugiaro and is considered one of the greatest Italian grand tourers. The Ghibli SS was introduced in 1970 with a larger, 4.9-litre V8 engine with 335hp.
3200GT: designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, it returned the GranTurismo concept to its former glory in 1998. The predecessor of the current GranTurismo featured a Twin Turbo 3.2-litre V8 engine with 370hp.
Goodwood Moving Motor Show ticket holders on Thursday were offered the opportunity to enjoy a ride up the famous hillclimb with one of Maserati’s pro-drivers in the Levante SUV and Ghibli executive saloon.
Maserati was also present on the exclusive Cartier Style et Luxe lawn over the weekend, where classic cars are displayed before being judged on Sunday by a panel of experts. Amongst the cars represented in Class 5, Trident Tested – Intercontinental Maserati GT was the iconic 1953 Maserati A6GCS Pininfarina Berlinetta, a 1997 Maserati Khamsin as well as the class winning 1959 Maserati 3500 GT.
Elsewhere at Goodwood Festival of Speed’s Future Lab, the Maserati Ghibli was involved in a unique display with its “digital twin”. The display, courtesy of Siemens, demonstrated the digital-industrial innovation that is shaping the future.