Frankfurt IAA 2017 – MASERATI and FERRARI Showfloor Gallery

Ferrari and Maserati had packed stands at Frankfurt this year!  The expansion into Maserati SUVs with the Levante will probably single-handedly be able to lift trident sales massively in its first year.  Maserati is rolling out semi-refreshed Ghibli and GranTurismo models for 2018.  But they are pretty light facelifts to the grilles outside and the infotainment systems inside.  Ghibli also bags new LEDs for the headlamps — something the MC Stradale needs pretty urgently too.

Meanwhile, Ferrari has high hopes for its new Portofino V8 convertible-coupe to replace the unloved California T.  The Cali T had one of the shortest production runs in Ferrari history — just two model-years.

While it delivered scorching pace on paper, its real-world integration of the turbo drivetrain was very weak.  None of the shocking kickdown and ingear speed of even the Bentley Conti GT V8S, let alone a 911 Turbo.

Ferrari Portofino


2018 Maserati Levante S Q4, Ghibli, GranTurismo, MC Stradale, Quattroporte

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