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April 13, 2011

NOVITEC TRIDENTE's supercharged Maserati GranCabrio puts out 590 hp / 434 kW, peak torque ...

NOVITEC TRIDENTE's supercharged Maserati GranCabrio puts out 590 hp / 434 kW, peak torque of 572 Nm and a top speed of 301 km/h (187 mph)

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Looking to soup-up your supercar? The Maserati-dedicated arm of tuning specialists NOVITEC, a company best known for its Ferrari performance enhancements has turned its attention to the open-top Maserati GranCabrio. The result is a supercharged engine that puts out 590 hp / 434 kW, peak torque of 572 Nm and a top speed of 301 km/h (187 mph). Hold on to your hat!

The stock Maserati GranCabrio is of course no slouch. Its top speed is specced at 283 km/h (176 mph) with power output of 323 kW and a maximum torque of 490 Nm.

For the supercharged version, NOVITEC TRIDENTE has applied the same technology used in previous performance upgrades to the Maserati GranTurismo and Quattroporte – the 4.7-liter V8 engine is fitted with a "perfectly dimensioned" supercharger driven by a cogged-tooth belt and a water-to-air intercooler to keep engine temperatures in check.

NOVITEC TRIDENTE's supercharged Maserati GranCabrio
NOVITEC TRIDENTE's supercharged Maserati GranCabrio

The modifications extend to a custom intake manifold, larger injectors, re-mapping of the engine, three-piece wheels, hydraulically height-adjustable coilover suspension and the addition of clear-coated carbon fiber aerodynamic-enhancements.

A four-pipe stainless-steel exhaust system – which can incorporate a control flap to give the engine a sportier note when desired – can also be added to the package.

The engine conversion costs EUR19,900.

About the Author
Noel McKeegan After a misspent youth at law school, Noel began to dabble in tech research, writing and things with wheels that go fast. This bus dropped him at the door of a freshly sprouted in 2002. He has been Gizmag's Editor-in-Chief since 2007.   All articles by Noel McKeegan

On public roads this is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

Ian Colley.

18th April, 2011 @ 03:13 am PDT

Agreed. These types of advances are only interesting from an engineering perspective.

18th April, 2011 @ 09:52 am PDT

I traveled from Shanghai to Wuxi at 300kmh and it only cost be a $12 ticket. No problem with parking either.

19th April, 2011 @ 02:25 pm PDT

Calson, Great comment, but what if you had wished to go somewhere else?...Only Joking!

21st April, 2011 @ 03:42 am PDT
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