The Maserati GranCabrio is the first four-seater convertible Maserati has produced since the thirties. The design of the GranCabrio is based on the GranTurismo coupe and is available with a 4.2-litre or 4.7-litre V8 engine and the option to get a conventional automatic gearbox or an automated manual one, although only a 4.7-litre automatic engine/gearbox combo is available. Buyers have a choice of standard or Sports trims as well as an MC variant that is inspired by the styling of the MC Stradale GranTurismo.
The GranCabrio is one of the longer cars on the market at 4.9m in length although it disguises its proportions with a three-layer canvas roof with a folding metal design that takes 26 seconds to close and can be operated while the car is running at speeds less than 19 mph or retracted when the car is stationary by inserting the car key into the door lock. The roof is available in a variety of color options, and there are also two design choices available for the standard 20-inch wheels.
With the extra length, the GranCabrio provides comfortable legroom for four average-sized adults although headroom may be an issue if the roof is in place. In addition, the size of the boot has also been reduced due to the inclusion of a torsion wall in order to restore some of the structural rigidity that was lost when the car design was converted from a coupe to a convertible.
The GranCabrio’s 4.7-litre V8 engine produces 433 bhp and 362 lb ft of torque, has a top speed of 285 km/hr and can accelerate from zero to 100 mph in just 5.2 seconds. A double wishbone suspension is used at the front and back of the car with anti-roll bars and steel springs as extra safety features. In addition, Maserati’s Skyhook adaptive dampers are a standard feature, which continuously adjust the valving based on readings from the body and the wheels. The main headlight unit in the front of the car uses bi-xenon bulbs as well as sidelights while a separate set of foglights lie underneath.
While the GranCabrio can deliver superior performance, it is hampered slightly by its weight as well as lack of torque when it is not at its peak. At 2500 rpm, the car produces a torque of just 3000 lb ft. However, if you choose the Sport model over the standard model, you can enjoy several improvements that help boost its performance such as thicker anti-roll bars, a new electronic damper system and a power increase of 10 hp for the 4.7 hp V8 engine. The GranCabrio’s brakes are also impressive both for their ability to decelerate (the car can stop in less than 50 m when it is running at 70 mph in both dry and wet conditions) and their resistance to fading when the car is repeatedly stopped.
All in all, while in terms of its performance the GranCabrio cannot keep up with other models such as the Mercedes SL63 SMG, it more than earns a place on the list of top ten most expensive cars to rent as a vehicle that can comfortably seat four and performs well on the road while looking great.
ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is the ultimate luxury car, designed less for the performance than for craftsmanship and sheer refinement. It is a two-door coupe that can seat four adults and has a length of 220.8-inches and width of 78-inches, as well as a weight of 2670 kg, making it one of the biggest cars on the road. To keep its weight down the Phantom has an aluminum spaceframe with panels added to make it stiffer.
The Phantom’s engine is a 6.75-litre V12 that has peak power of 453 bhp and maximum torque of 531 lb ft and delivers power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. As befits a car of its size, the Phantom has huge breaks of 374mm diameter at the front and 370 mm at the back.
In terms of design, little has changed since the Phantom was first released in 2008 although the Series II released in 2012 replaced the round main headlights with rectangular LEDs and changed the rear bumper while providing two new options for alloy wheels. But the high level of craftsmanship remains as the paint job still consists of five color coats, with each coat hand-sanded before the next one is applied and coach stripes applied by hand with and ox-hair and squirrel brush.
The interior of the Phantom features elegant styling and simple controls. The handcrafted interior features real leather trim plus a range of wood veneer options. The rear bench is extremely comfortable with a curved design and the dashboard has been made a little flatter while retaining the basic design. In addition, Rolls-Royce has upgraded the old communications and sat-nav systems but retained the rear-opening power doors.
But Rolls-Royce did not sacrifice performance for style as the V12 engine provides smooth handling while being able to hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and 100 mph in 14.7 seconds, and has a top speed of 155 mph, while the brakes can bring it down from 70 mph to a full stop in just 49.1 meters. But even while running full-bore, the Phantom still provides a comfortable ride with no harshness or vibration even over cratered roads. In terms of its handling, the Phantom is precisely judged and smooth as silk and maintains its composure until you’ve reached top speeds.
While this will not be much of a consideration for the target audience of the Phantom, the fuel consumption rating of the luxury vehicle is 19 mpg (one of the best in its niche) although in practical terms it will likely go up to as much as the mid-teens. And although emissions have gone down substantially from the original Phantom in 2008, it still measures some 350 g/km.
Although the Rolls-Royce Phantom is one of the priciest of the top ten most expensive cars to rent, the price tag will likely not matter to those who can afford it. While technologically it may not live up to other luxury cars in the same class such as the Aston-Martin Rapide S, the Phantom still provides a unique luxury experience with impressive performance.
FERRARI 599 GTB FIORIANO
The Ferrari 599 GTB is a two-seater supercar with a 5999cc V12 engine that can produce 612 bhp at 7600 rpm and a maximum torque of 448 lb ft at 5600 rpm. This means that the 599 GTB has a power-to-weight ratio of 362 bhp, one of the most powerful in its class, particularly given its claimed 1690 kg kerb weight. The 599 comes with a paddle-shift gearbox that uses state-of-the-art ultra-fast shifting software, enabling drivers to disengage the clutch and change to the next gear in just 100 milliseconds.
To ensure the safety and stability of the car, the 599 features magetoheological semi-active dampers, a technology that uses a magnetic field to almost instantly change the viscosity of the liquid within the damper reservoir, as well as high stability control and traction parameters. Carbon-ceramic brakes are available as an option, measuring 398mm in diameter in front and 360 mm in back. These brakes perform better than conventional brakes using cast iron since the carbon-ceramic is designed to withstand the intense heat that is produced during breaking.
The interior of the 599 is stylish while still being very functional, with a driver’s seat whose height is electrically adjustable and a steering wheel that features a starter button and magnetic damper controls conveniently located at the lower right. In addition, the dashboard is highly efficient with only an analog-style speedometer and revcounter, while all other functions are shown through an electronic display. The driver and passengers are also provided with sufficient storage space with flexible leather bins on the doors as well as a center console tray.
In terms of performance, the 599 boasts some impressive numbers, such as being able to go from zero to 100 mph in just 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of over 205 mph. In addition it smoothly shifts from idle to 8400 rpm without experiencing much in the way of fluctuations. An upgraded package known as the HGTE was introduced for the base car two years after launch, which was intended to improve its handling. The pack included an anti-roll bar in the rear and stiffer springs as well as reducing the car’s center of gravity by reducing its ride height. In addition, upgraded software improved accelerator response as well as well as enabling faster gearbox shifting when the car is in high-performance settings.
The 599 is also one of the most powerful series production road cars produced by Ferrari, able to produce an output greater than 100 hp for every liter of displacement without the use of artificial booster mechanisms such as turbochargers. In addition, the V12 engine is able to produce a maximum 620 PS.
While the Ferrari 599 GTB is not the most glamorous or the fastest supercar among the top ten most expensive cars to rent, it is seen as having one of the most comprehensive packages overall. It features a lighter body than other cars in its class, married to an outstanding engine and an exceptional and comfortable cabin. But despite all its outstanding features, it is still a car that you can use as your everyday vehicle.
The Lamborghini Gallardo is one of the more affordable supercars on the market, a two-door coupe with a 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 552 bhp of power at 8000 rpm and has a maximum 398 lb ft of torque at 6500 rpm. In addition, its four wheel drive chassis has been upgraded from the original production model and now has bigger anti-roll bars at the front and rear, considerable changes to the rear suspension and steering design as well as upgraded dampers. The e-gear paddle shift gearbox has also seen significant improvements in its hardware and software, with smoother gear shifting in regular and sports mode while shifting is 40% faster when in Corso mode.
Helping to improve its performance is the Gallardo’s relative lightness, with a weight of just 1410 kg. Helping to reduce the car’s weight is the generous use of carbonfibre, which brought down the weight by as much as 70 kg in the Superleggera model, as well as rear windows and windscreen made of plastic. The lighter weight enables the Gallardo to go from zero to sixty in just 3.7 seconds and zero to 100 mph in 7.7 seconds, and the Superleggera can allegedly hit 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds.
But the car’s power and performance belies its comfort. The Gallardo is said to be one of the smoothest rides for a supercar when it is on a regular highway. However, even when it is on a bumpy road, the Gallardo still offers a comfortable ride that is not wobbly.
The interior and exterior design features many of the classic Lamborghini highlights, such as the steeply-raked windscreen and the low-slung driver’s seat, while offering the usual superior amenities such as a powerful aircon, an outstanding sat-nav system, a high-quality stereo and a camera that provides a rear-view image of what is behind the car, automatically appearing when you put it in reverse.
More practically, the Gallardo features lots of storage space, with numerous compartments for storing odds and ends as well as a boot bonnet that can take a fairly large duffle bag. Although you will not get the best fuel mileage with the Gallardo, you are at least getting a car that is environmentally cleaner than its predecessors, with CO2 emissions at 327 gm/km.
If you opt for the Spyder version of the Gallardo, you can enjoy driving around in a full convertible since the roof can be retracted electronically in just 20 seconds and is available in black, grey, beige or blue. To protect passengers from the wind when the roof is down, the rear windscreen remains in place to act as a shield.
The Lamborghini Gallardo makes a great addition to the top ten most expensive cars to rent list since it is not only a complete supercar package, it is also versatile enough to serve as an everyday drive for a two-person household without sacrificing the superior performance you expect from the Lamborghini brand. If you wanted to, you could actually go head to head with a Ferrari 458 Italia. In addition, it is durable enough that it will maintain its integrity over the long-term.
The Maybach 57 is a full-size rear-wheel drive sedan that is the most popular model coming from the offshoot of Mercedes-Benz. The 5.73m sedan is considered one of the most luxurious on the market, with a spacious interior that can comfortably seat up to three adults in the backseat and boasts of a powerful V18 engine. The 57 comes in a 5.5-litre regular model and a 6.0-litre S variant with differing trim levels.
In terms of performance, the 5.5-L V12 can produce 543 bhp and maximum torque of 664 lb ft, while the twin-turbo S model produces 629 bhp and torque of 738 lb ft. Despite its kerb weight of 2.7 tons, the 57 can go from zero to 62 mph in five seconds and from 50 mph to 75 mph in 3.7 seconds. While the 57 has a rated top speed of 171 mph, it likely can go to as fast as 200 mph if pushed. However, the weight of the car becomes evident when it comes to turning at high speeds as it has a tendency to wallow.
The interior of the 57 boasts a wide range of special features, including heated bucket seats that can be adjusted to recline, and are separated with a center console that has a refrigerated compartment for chilling refreshments and controls for the dual-zone climate control system and the DVD entertainment system. The entertainment system features a Bose 21-speaker audio surround-sound system with an in-dash single-CD player that is also equipped with a six-CD changer, as well as satellite radio.
The standard features of the 57 include self-leveling active suspension, nineteen-inch wheels, front-cabin sunroom and rear power sunshades, tilt-and-telescoping power steering wheel, ten-way adjustable heated power front seats and full-leather upholstery. In addition, there are also Bluetooth controls in the front and rear as well as a navigation system, a COMAND electronics interface and a rearview camera. For the S model, the available features include 20-inch higher-performance wheels, a sportier suspension system and a ride height that has been slightly lowered.
Among the options offered include active ventilated front or rear seats, electronic sliding curtains for the rear door windows, retractable rear picnic tables and a solar module that uses solar cells to power the car’s ventilation system. Safety features include side airbags to protect the front and rear passengers, stability and traction control, airlock brakes and front and rear parking sensors. In terms of its fuel efficiency, the 57 can deliver an average 12 mpg or 10 mpg in city driving conditions and 16 mpg on the highway.
While the 57 may have its drawbacks in terms of its performance, as a luxury car it more than earns its spot as one of the ten most expensive rental cars, since it is a sweet vehicle that will get you to where you’re going in great style while still providing a smooth ride that can easily absorb the occasional bump on the road. This is a car that is intended to impress, and it does that with a great amount of style.
LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO LP640
The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 is an upgraded version of the Italian carmaker’s flagship Murcielago, which was introduced in 2001 and became the flagship model of its line. The LP640 is a two-door sports car with increased power output from the original model due to its increased engine size. The Murcielago’s V12 engine has been upgraded from 6.2-litres to 6.5-litres, which boosts its power to 631 bhp from the previous 580 bhp. In addition, the increased displacement of 6.5-litres now enables the LP640 to reach 640 PS at 8000 rpm. The LP460 is available as a coupe or a convertible.
To reduce its weight and increase its speed, the exterior of the LP640 is made with ultra-lightweight carbon fiber body panels, with the exception of its roof and doors which are made of steel. This enables the sports car to reach speeds of greater than 200 mph. To further improve its aerodynamics, the LP640’s side windows and rear spoiler can be changed and raised.
While a six-speed manual transmission is a standard feature, an automated-clutch, paddle-shifted automatic gearbox is offered to buyers as an option. The suspension includes an electronic adjustable damping system which raised it slightly by 45mm. Front and rear bumpers have also been added while the headlights have been flattened and widened.
Other exterior performance modifications include a revised suspension tuning and upgraded clutch to accommodate the optional e-gear six-speed transmission as well as a single outlet exhaust system which was incorporated as part of the rear diffuser. To cool the powerful V12 engine, a pair of powerful air scoops were included, which were automatically raised from the rear haunches of the car as needed. In addition, power to the engine was sent through an all-wheel-drive system. To ensure increased safety, better-performing carbon-ceramic brakes are offered as an option in lieu of the traditional brake system. Other options include a glass engine cover so you can flaunt the V12 engine and chrome paddle shifters.
The interior of the LP640 also underwent modifications, including re-molded interior seating to provide increased headroom for passengers as well as an upgraded dashboard with a new stereo system/CD player that plays audio files in various formats. There is now ample space for passengers to spread out on the seats.
The instrument panel has also been fitted with new lighting to increase the feel of a sports car. Other standard features include tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning and power-operated locks and windows. Options available for the interior include a touch-screen navigation system as well as customized accents, which include carbon fiber.
While the LP640 is no longer the state-of-the-art as far as supercars are concerned, it is still an object of desire that is good enough to earn a spot on the top ten most expensive cars to rent. From its sporty exterior to its stylish and comfortable exterior, there’s no better way to get around. And if you feel the need for speed on an empty stretch of road, the LP640 is good enough to scratch that itch.
LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO LP640 ROADSTER
This is the roadster version of the Murcielago LP640 which has appeared earlier in this list of top ten most expensive cars to rent. The main difference, of course, is that this version is designed to be ridden with no roof, allowing you to enjoy high speed driving in one of its purest forms – with the wind whipping through your hair. While the LP640 roadster does have a top that you can put on, you’ll likely only want to use it when the weather is bad, just to protect the leather-clad seats. In addition, the top is rated only for driving below 100 mph, meaning no going all out.
Once you get past this main difference, you’ll realize that you get the same great performance and stylish looks that you enjoy from the base model LP460. The 6.5-litre V12 is a powerful beast of an engine, easily going from zero to sixty in a mind-boggling 3.6 seconds and is capable of reaching a top speed of over 200 mph. In addition, the engine generates 640 bhp and torque of 468 ft lb, but maximum torque of 487 lb ft is achieved at 8000 rpm.
While the lack of a roof means the body frame has to be reinforced, it adds surprisingly little to the overall weight of the car. Reinforcement is added to the roadster’s steel-tubing frame in select areas as well as in the A-pillars and sills. But this adds only around 65 lb to the weight of the roadster, and with the powerful V12 engine, it’s virtually guaranteed you won’t feel it when you’re behind the wheel. You are virtually guaranteed a smooth drive in diverse weather and road conditions, whether it be wet highways or cobblestone streets. The LP640 roadster will navigate them all with confidence to spare while remaining easy to control.
When you open the two scissor doors and get a good look at the interior of the roadster, you’ll realize that the designers at Lamborghini put as much value in comfort and style in the cabin as they did in the engine performance. The one-piece sculpted sports seats are designed to ensure the comfort of both driver and passenger, and feature an ‘asymmetrical’ design, with the driver’s seat boasting of perforated leather while that on the passenger side remains smooth. The buyer has their choice of either four standard colors or they can specify which color they want and Lamborghini will customize it for them.
The dashboard and the center console are also done in black leather while other parts of the interior, such as the navigation and the various control switches for power windows and mirrors are wrapped in carbon fiber. Providing easy maneuvering are the pinon steering system and the power-assisted rack.
So does the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster justify its inclusion in the top ten most expensive cars to rent list? Definitely! All you have to do is take it out for a test drive and just let your inner F1 racer loose and you won’t want to let this car get away.
ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM DROPHEAD
This two-door, four-seat coupe is not really a new version of the Rolls Royce Phantom mentioned earlier in this top ten most expensive cars to rent list, but instead just based its platform on the earlier car’s design. The main difference, of course, is that the top has been removed. However, the styling of the coupe comes from the Rolls Royce concept car 100EX, which was unveiled to commemorate the venerable car maker’s 100th anniversary in 2004. This makes the Drophead Coupe its own unique car rather than just being a Phantom redux.
The Drophead Coupe features a BMW-powered 6.75-liter V12 435 bhp engine which can generate 453 hp and torque of 531 lb ft at 3,500 rpm as well as a six-speed gearbox. It can go from zero to sixty in less than six seconds, which may not seem too impressive until you consider that the Drophead weighs some 5,800 lb. However, this is a car that is not meant to be driven fast, as its top speed is electronically limited to just 145 lb. But it is clear that this is a car that is meant to be driven with reserve, as shown by the unexpected silence of the engine which does not produce the expected V12 noises. The Drophead is designed for extreme quiet and it is only at 5000 rpm that you start to hear the faintest engine noise.
The exterior of the Drophead Coupe retains the nautical theme of the EF100X with a new yacht-like tail section. It has backward-opening coach-style doors as well as a two-toned paint job that delineates the car’s bodywork at the top and bottom of the car. The convertible’s tonneau cover is made of hand-crafted nautical-grade teak wood with an interior band of hardwood for contrast. An optional teak deck is available that is inspired by vintage yacht designs and is made from 30 pieces of teak cut from the same tree to ensure uniformity of grain. The convertible roof is reportedly the largest hood in the continent and can electronically retract behind the cockpit in an estimated 25 seconds.
The interior is a thing of beauty that highlights the fact that this is a luxury car that is designed to be savored while you’re driving it on the road. The cabin is intended to evoke the traditional British gentleman’s clubroom as filtered through the sensibilities of a modern-day avant-garde artist. There are also some pleasant surprises such as hidden umbrellas in the front fenders, which you can access when you open the car doors as well as a hidden refrigerator in the trunk.
The Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe earns its place in the top ten most expensive cars to rent list, it only for the fact that its price tag makes it one of the most expensive, if not the priciest, Rolls Royce models. While it will not feed your fantasies to be the next Michael Schumacher, it is a luxurious and comfortable ride that will draw admiring and envious glances as you drive down the road.
With the MP4-12C, relative newcomer McLaren makes its bid for a share of the supercar market and lands a slot in the top ten most expensive cars to rent list. Packed with proprietary McLaren technology, the 12C supercar is set to give the Ferrari 458 Italia a run for its money in terms of its mechanical layout and performance specs.
The 12C boasts of a 3.8-litre two-turbo V8 engine that produces 616 bhp with 442 lb ft of torque at 7000 rpm. The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is made by Graziano and has a paddle-shifting manual override. The proprietary suspension design has the typical coil-sprung double wishbones at the front and the back but distinguishes itself with a series of linked hydraulic dampers whose internal pressure settings can be changed to resist roll and pitch while providing three levels of ride quality based on driver preferences. While the 12C has the standard steel disk-brakes, carbon-ceramic brakes are offered as an option to provide better braking performance and increased safety.
In terms of its performance specifications, McLaren claims the 12C can go from zero to sixty in a just under three seconds and from zero to 200 km/ph in less than nine seconds. While it has a top speed of over 200 mph, it can probably go faster if you push it, and brakes from 200 km/ph to a complete stop in just five seconds. But the specially-created suspension system offers a smooth ride that readily absorbs bumps and is free from pitch and roll.
But what about the interior? The 12C has a two-seat cabin that gives the feel of a comfortable sports car. When the driver sits down, the steering wheel is in-line with him, making it easy to steer, as are the throttle and brake pedals. Other important controls are conveniently within arm’s-reach while still being unobtrusive enough that when your arms are waving around while spiritedly driving, you won’t find yourself bumping into them. In addition, the touch-screen IRIS telematics system has a unique feature – it is oriented in portrait mode to make it more intuitive to use. The Active Dynamics Panel in the center console allows you to control the powertrain and the handing, with three modes including Sport and Track as well as offering four buttons for functions such as the keyless ignition and an Active features that activates the driver’s preferred settings.
To ensure maximum visibility and the safety of the driver, particularly when driving under dim light conditions or inclement weather, the low-slung windshield cowl offers a six-degree downward view from their eye height. This means that the driver has a clear view of the front of the car. The rear three-quarter glass also offers the driver a clear rear view.
If the above review does not convince you that the McLaren 12C deserves a place among the top ten most expensive cars to rent, all you have to do is test-drive it and see how it handles. While it may not have been the envelope-pushing machine that critics and drivers expected, it is more than capable of going head-to-head with Ferrari.
FERRARI 458 ITALIA
The presence of the Ferrari 458 Italia in the top ten most expensive cars to rent list should not be surprising given that it is one of the most well-loved of the supercars. In addition, there is also the association with the classic Ferrari brand. But the Italia more than lives up to what people have come to expect from the name Ferrari, namely that it is a car that offers exceptional performance while still being one of the most stylish vehicles on the road.
The Italia is powered by a 4.5-litre V8 engine that produces 570 bhp and can go from zero to sixty in just 3.3 seconds and can pass a hundred in around seven seconds. While its rated top speed is 325 km/hr, like all supercars it can undoubtedly go faster if it is pushed. In addition it has a semi-automatic dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox that is more than capable of keeping up with the powerful engine. While you’ll undoubtedly want to see what it can do when you get to the open road, in city conditions it is versatile enough that you can drive it at sensible speeds and still enjoy superior performance.
In terms of its handling, the Italia’s suspension features the traditional double wishbone in front that Ferrari has favored as well as a rear multi-link set up that has substantially improved its cornering and longitudinal acceleration abilities. While you might feel a slight tremor when you’re driving on really rough roads, otherwise the ride never feels anything but smooth as the suspension is always comfortingly stiff. In addition, there are also standard carbon-ceramic brakes that readily brake the car from high speeds in practically no time, magnetic-fluid suspension and advanced traction and stability controls. The result is a car that readily hugs the curves when it turns and allows you to choose the amount of electronic assistance that you want.
The interior of the cabin exudes a contemporary feel while giving a strong sense that the Italia has been hand-crafted rather than being manufactured. The dashboard is extremely driver-friendly, with the controls either conveniently on the steering wheel or to the right of the driver. In addition, the dash has protruding vents that give the driver the comforting feeling that it is wrapping around him. The main drawback may be that when you are sitting in the cabin, the visibility is less than perfect since the view at three-quarter angles is a little awkward. But the carbon-fibre seats add a touch of elegance and, on the practical side, there is sufficient storage space in the front boot and behind the seats.
There is no doubt that the Ferrari 458 Italia is a favorite among the top ten most expensive cars to rent, if only because there is not a car enthusiast on the face of the planet whose pulse does not race when confronted with a Ferrari. But this supercar is not content to coast on the reputation of its brand but rather chooses to enhance it by being an outstanding car that provides awesome speed and flexibility.
Car racing has been around ever since the first cars rolled out of the factory floor. This sport pits car brands against one another to determine who has the better vehicle, the better driver, and the better team. Many car brands have competed against one another to earn the prestigious trophy of the Grand Prix. However, none have exhibited the spirit of racing more than Maserati and their Maserati 6CM year 1938.
The Maserati 6CM year 1938 is a sports car that was designed and manufactured by Italian car manufacturer, Maserati. The 6CM demonstrated the pinnacle of autmobile engineering during the years 1936 to 1939. With that being said, the 6CM had a very successful career in automobile racing, particularly in the European continent. It should be noted that Europe was the center of automobile racing during this time period meaning that automobile manufacturers raced their best cars in these races.
Specifications – Chassis
The Maserati 6CM was first built using the Maserati 4CM frame and the front suspension of the Maserati V8RI. These were changed by the time that the Maserati 6CM year 1938 was released. The specifications of the first chassis built for the 6CM consisted of a 6 cylinder engine which has 2 valves above each cylinder. It also has a single Roots supercharger and a Weber carburetor 55ASI.
Maserati has chosen Pirelli tires for the 6CM to add more traction and grip on the road. The Maserati 6CM year 1938 has a 4 speed gear box with the addition of a reverse shift. The first iteration of the 6CM had a tested brake horsepower of 155 with 6200 revolutions per minute. These numbers were improved over the years resulting to the Maserati 6CM year 1938 having a performance of 175 brake horsepower with 6600 revolutions per minute.
Specifications – Body
The Maserati 6CM year 1938 has dimensions of 3.72 by 1.48 by 1.2 meters. It uses a 120 litre gasoline tank that can hold an equivalent of 31.7 gallons of gasoline. The wheel base of the 6CM is measured at 2.49 meters. The tires on the car are both of the Pirelli brand but have different models for the front and the rear. All in all, the car weighs about 650 kilograms.
As said in the 2nd paragraph, the Maserati 6CM had a successful racing career. The 6CM won most of the races it participated in between 1936 and 1939. The racing career of the 6CM is best remembered when it was driven by a driver only known as Didi. Didi won 4 out of 5 races using the chassis 1532 of the Maserati 6CM year 1938. The 6CM also logged victories in its home town of Modena. It won races there in the years 1936 and 1938.
The Maserati 6CM is truly a racing car in both its exterior and interior. Its specifications are top-notch for the time period and its body follows the ideal bullet shaped body of racing cars. The Maserati 6CM can be considered a testament to the real meaning of racing. It is a testament that important qualities of a car such as speed, precision, and power can be combined to optimize the potential of any racing vehicle.
The Maserati brothers have produced the Maserati MC 12 Stradale to compete for the FIA GT Championship. It was initially called the Maserati Corse Competizione (MCC), with the road version called the Maserati Corse Stradale (MCS). Only 30 of these were initially produced in 2004 and 5 of them were not for sale. The next year, another 25 went into production, having only a total of 50 available for the consumers worldwide. Each MC 12 was pre-sold for an amount of €600,000 each.
Features of the MC 12 Stradale
This two-seater, two-door coupe has a detachable taga top roof, which cannot be stored in the car. Its mid rear layout, with the engine placed between the axles and behind the cabin, helps keep the car’s center of gravity in the middle. This, in turn, helps increase the car’s stability and improves its cornering ability. Its body weight is well-distributed with 59% on the rear and 41% on front.
The car’s exterior is made of carbon fiber, with the interior composed of materials including gel-coated carbon fiber, blue leather and silver Brightex. The car’s engine is a V12 engine from an Enzo Ferrari, offering a maximum power of 630 PS at 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 652 NM. It has a semi-automatic transmission with a Maserati Cambiocorsa gearbox.
The MC 12 Stradale was built using the Enzo Ferrari chassis, with a difference only on the size and drag coefficient. MC 12 has a lower drag coefficient and the car is bigger, longer, taller and wider. It also has smoother curves and a sharper nose in comparison with that of an Enzo Ferrari.
The People behind the Wheel
The geniuses behind the Maserati MC 12 Stradale include Giorgio Ascanelli, who directed the whole process of MC 12’s development. The body of the car was designed by Frank Stephenson, with the initial shape derived from a wind tunnel testing idea given by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Chief test driver Andrea Bertolini was also a part of the development, so is Michael Schumacher who also assisted through some of the testing stages done at the Fiorano Circuit.
Amazing Speed and Performance
Some of the amazing features of this car, brought about by its body’s build and its engine, include improved breaking performance, faster acceleration and higher top speed. The Maserati MC 12 Stradale can speed up to 205 mph.
On the Road to Winning
The road versions of the car were made just to make sure that the race version is approved to race for the FIA GT. One requirement for the said race is that at least 25 road cars are produced before a race car is entered. There are three GT1 race cars entered into FIA GT and were all successful. Maserati has won the race that was held in Zhuhai International Circuit. Aside from the FIA GT, the MC 12 Stradale was also entered into the races in American Le Mans Series, although they had to pay some penalties due to the car exceeding the size restrictions.
After a long set of teasers and leaks, the first official photos, along with some details about the Maserati Ghibli, have surfaced the Internet. The vehicle is expected to debut at the 2013 Auto Shanghai later this month, and from what the Italian carmaker has declared, the Ghibli represents a more compact and sportier alternative to the larger Quattroporte.
It is expected to hit the dealerships at the beginning of next year and will be available with two V6 3.0-liter turbocharged engines and, a first for Maserati, a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine.
Regardless of what’s trapped under the hood, the ride will pack an eight-speed automatic gearbox which sends all the power to a rear-wheel drive setup or the new optional ‘Q4″ all-wheel drive system.
Maserati has big plans for the Ghibli as the carmaker plans to sell 50,000 units annually. More details should become available closer to the vehicle’s debut in Shanghai. Watch this space!
The Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner and automakers, as well as aftermarket specialists, are preparing themselves for the event. Earlier this week, Maserati has presented the 2013 GranTurismo MC Stradale model which will make its official debut next week at the long awaited show.
The updated model will feature the same 4.7-liter V8 engine, as the GranTurismo Sport, that generates 460 HP – 338 kW and 520 Nm (383 lb-ft). All that power goes to the wheels via a MC Race Shift six-speed robotized manual gearbox which enables the coupe to reach a top speed of 302 km/h (188 mph). To help keep everything under control, the ride features Brembo carbon ceramic disc brakes.
On the styling part, the Maserati MC Stradale has been fitted with a redesigned carbon fiber hood with a central air intake, dual exhaust pipes and a brand new set of 20-inch forged alloy wheels. The interior cabin has also been spruced-up a bit, with top-notch materials and new features to keep its four adult occupants busy.
Notably, the 2013 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale will be manufactured in Viale Ciro Menotti in Modena, Italy but there’s no news regarding the price tag attached to it.
Like most car manufacturers Maserati had its cloudy or sunny periods. The best thing that could happen took place in 1997 when Ferrari bought a 50 percent share in Maserati and in 1999 took full control of the company. For many fans was a joy and a curse at the same time. Many feared that Ferrari will get rid in this way of an expensive sports car market competitor.
But ultimately it was proved that the Ferrari’s intentions were clean. Maserati was simply repositioned in the market as a luxury fast car not a sports car by definition. Both brands have kept positioning and distinctive lines until today. But today I do not want to talk about the current Maserati models. For those nostalgic times when sports cars were a sweet madness mixed with passion, courage and almost indecent lines..here we have the 1975 Maserati Khamsin.
“Khamsin” – an Egyptian word describing a hot and violent desert wind (as are the first impression when you see this car). Originally introduced as a concept belonging to Bertone at the 1972 Turin Auto Show, was styled by famed designer Marcello Gandini. In 1973 Khamsin was again displayed at the Paris Motor Show, but with Maserati badging. It was received enthusiastically, fact that started production in 1974. Power under the hood was provided by a front-mounted 4.9-liter V8 with 320 horsepower engine mated with a five-speed manual or three-speed slushbox.
Only 430 units were built by the time production ceased in 1982. Of these units, only 155 reached U.S. Special since the first moments, Khamsin received many avant-garde features like a Citroen-designed fully hydraulic power steering system, a glass panel placed between the tail lights, hydraulic seats (a novelty in those days), adjustable steering column and quality finishes. Unfortunately the launch on market was tributary to the oil crisis across the world. The idea of a powerful machine who consume a lot of fuel, made many willing to buy customers to have doubts.
If you did not had the chance to admire live a Khamsin now you have the chance to sweeten up your eyes. One Khamsin is now for sale on eBay for $64,900 (I would say a bargain). Only 44,470 original miles on the clock, restored as it should, equipped with the optional automatic transmission, black exterior and red and black leather interior, CD player and lots of seventies nostalgia. I sincerely hope that present times will honor and appreciate that car in a manner that past times did not know how to do it. Suddenly it made me miss Abba, sideburns, and flared pants.
If something goes well, enjoy it and leave it as it is. It is a good quote for most of us. Fortunately there are people who are not satisfied with that and want more. We are talking about SR AUTO, a company that combines performance cars with sleek design, hot improvements and ” wow effect ” results. If you are hard of heart and ready to be in love with these cars..here we go. Top five tuned supercars from SR AUTO.
Latest creation from Lamborghini, featuring a 6.5-liter V12, nearly 700 horsepower, and a velociraptor like appetite for speed and adrenaline. In this case, the motto ” less is more “, seemed to work like a charm. Just admire it. Now take a tissue and stop your bleeding nose. Yes, this car is so bad and so sexy that you will wear attached to your ignition keys a package of napkins. Called “Project Vesuvius” this example of dream come true it is what the name suggests: a volcano ready to erupt. More polite than a volcano, that Lambo adopt a minimalistic but dramatically improved style: a new set of wheels (21-inch alloys designed by PUR Wheels), painted in black and with a Gloss Lumiere lip. Now I know clearly what I want for my birthday..
Ferrari 458 Italia
Chinese..you know..rice, kung-fu, communism and some crazy ideas. Crazy ideas such as this Ferrari 458 Italia, wrapped in a unique chrome foil. The result: a Ferrari who can give lessons of “sexy and I know it” to any Miss Universe. Red shade for the body, luscious black chrome for the hood, roof, side skirts and trunk lid and yellow brake calipers. Icing on the cake: a set of 21-inch PUR Monoblock black alloy rims. Bling bling ! What a sexy diva..roarr!!
Audi R8 Spyder
Not impressed me too much when it first emerged. Germans are still suffering from typical Prussian rigor. If they would combine some french charm, italian passion and german rigor well..the result will be really phenomenal. Untill then.. the guys at SR AUTO did it again. And now, i like much more R8 Spyder. Only that Spyder, to be understood ok? So..what we have here? Let’s see..carbon-fiber front spoiler, gloss-black 20-inch alloys rims, red brake calipers, carbon fiber again for the steering wheel, center console and gear shift, carbon-fiber ( yes, again ) intake system for a much angry sound, new exhaust, and ECU upgrade. See Audi? That should have been done from the start.
Was superb in the first moments now is super ultra mega superb. I like increasingly more, these people from SR AUTO. Just look at it. “Project Deathbolt” or poetry on wheels. Nothing exaggerated, nothing distasteful, not even one cliche. What was added? A styling package consisting of an adjustable coilover suspension, a three-piece red rim set with 21-inch wheels up front and 22-inches in the back, some red and some black (the devil is in the details and always walks with a Maserati) and minor visual improvements. Ok, ok, I need to stop drooling..
Lamborghini Murcielago SuperVeloce
661-horsepower, V12 engine passion, expensive and fast. I mean really fast. However it was room for more (a slight styling upgrade to be more precise. Again, less is more). So, called Project White Fang that piece of Murcielago was spoiled with a clean matte white finish and contrasting black highlights. A set of black alloys wheels were added for a closer look of ” the Dark Knight’s day supercar”. I do not know what you feel, but after all these cars I seriously think we need to get rich quick.
Maserati wants to take on the Porsche 911 with a new ride that’s expected to come out by 2015. The Italian automaker is preparing a mid-engine sports-car that will be available with either V6 or V8 engines. Also, the upcoming ride will get the same chassis as the new Alfa Romeo 4C that will be presented next month at the Detroit Auto Show.
Furthermore, Maserati has big plans regarding this vehicle as it will play a major role in reaching the 50,000 units to be sold by 2015. As a side-note, the Italian brand delivered only 6,159 cars in 2011 so making such a bold statement requires some pretty solid plans.
Sales are expected to grow thanks to the new Quattroporte, the upcoming Ghibli and the promising Levante SUV. The aforementioned 911 rival could get a twin-turbo V6 under the bonnet with 450 HP – 335 kW and a twin-turbo V8 that generates around 550 HP – 410 kW. Notably, the V6 model is expected to be offered exclusively with a RWD layout, while the V8 model will be optionally available with AWD.
Source: autocar.co.uk via WCF
Maserati wants a piece of the pie when it comes to compact crossovers. According to a recent report from Car&Driver, the Italian automaker is currently developing a compact crossover to take on the upcoming Porsche Macan. Furthermore, the model is expected to be sloted below the Levante which was recently previewed by the Kubang concept. The upcoming vehicle will make use of the Compact U.S. Wide platform. This would mean the model would be closely related to the Jeep Liberty successor which isn’t too surprising since the larger Levante will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Car&Driver also mentioned that the future model might replace the Alfa Romeo crossover. If everything goes well for the sporty Maserati, the new ride could make its way onto the stage by 2016. Bad news for Alfa Romeo though, as the brand will still have a product gap.
Source: Car & Driver
Maserati’s CEO, Mr. Harald Wester has declared in a recent interview that two new sports cars will be unveiled in 2015. The first model will be the successor to the GranTurismo and GranCabrio. According to Maserati’s styling boss Lorenzo Ramaciotti, the upcoming vehicle will be smaller than the current model and similar in a way to the Jaguar XK.
Mr. Wester also confirmed that the second vehicle will be a small two-seat sports car that would rival the Jaguar F-Type and Porsche 911. Notably, Maserati’s officials have previously stated that this upcoming “smaller” model should revive the GranSport moniker. Described as “something like the Alfa Romeo 4C but for Maserati”, the vehicle is expected to feature a carbon fiber monocoque and a powerful V8 engine. Also, the model promises to offer a better driving experience than the Porsche 911 Turbo but for less money. Take that Porsche!
Source: What Car via WCF