After 12 years of production, Maserati is finally bidding farewell to one of its most popular models: the GranTurismo.
In order to give the model a proper send-off, Maserati created a one-off model called the GranTurismo Zeda. It features a unique paint job of blue, black and white, and will travel the world to celebrate the end of an era.
According to Maserati, the unique paint scheme is an indication of the brand’s transition into a new era. Though not so obvious in the photos, the Italian marque says that the paint finish evolves from satin effect to high gloss, then to a burnished “metallurgic” finish. As for the name, Zeda stands for Z in the Modena dialect. It also references a beginning for every ending.
Despite being a one-off model, there are no changes under the hood. The Zeda is still powered by the same 4.7-liter V8 found on the standard GranTurismo and GranCabrio which produces 460 horsepower and 520 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels.
With the GranTurismo and GranCabrio production finished, Maserati has begun retooling the Modena facility to build a new battery-electric sports car. This model will be inspired by the all-electric Maserati Alfieri concept car shown previously.
Even though the GranTurismo has ceased production, a new one is on its way. Maserati confirmed that the next-generation model will be its first ever series-produced electric cars. The new GranTurismo is scheduled to make its official debut in 2021, while the open top GranCabrio will follow soon after.
So, there’s no need to worry about the Maserati GranTurismo model dying. However, don’t expect the next one to have the same sweet sounding Ferrari engine to match.