Though some might think this could be “gilding the lily”, others will be electrified by the idea of doing this. Augmenting the sleek contours and elegant lines of the classic Maserati GranTurismo body kit with exaggerated parts. Turning the 4.7 liter GT, that drips with Italian cachet, into an extroverted road monster.
The power that sits, inconspicuously, under the hood – 454 brake horsepower and a top speed of 187 mph – can have its explosive energy transposed into the altered shape that the body kit provides. If the original body shape of the Maserati GranTurismo is not enough for you and you want to really stand out from the crowd then there are several body kit suppliers to cater for all your needs.
Some base parts can be easily sourced on eBay and other similar sites for a couple of thousand dollars. While, at the other end of the spectrum, there are specialized international companies that can provide a bespoke service to your individual car. Their high quality will totally transform your Maserati GT that it looks like a brand new model. But these makeovers can reach up to US$20,000.
So, let’s take a quick look at what’s on offer to the discerning buyer of high-end Maserati GranTurismo body kits.
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Liberty Walk – Maserati Granturismo Body Kit
When the SUV, Levante, came out it was heralded as the ‘Maserati of SUVs’ so, it could be said that Liberty Walk is the ‘Maserati of Body Kits’. This Japanese body kit company founded in 2008 by Wataro Kato, began making high quality exterior kits for his friends. His friends, mind you, were asking him to augment and reshape brand new Murcielago Lamborghinis (!).
Kato’s inspiration came from the famous “Kaido Racers” of the 1980s & 1990s. These Japanese “petrolheads” had taken run of the mill street cars and turned them into brash, loud and aggressive, racing chariots. These automobiles would become immortalized in the ‘Fast & Furious’ movie franchise with the release of ‘Tokyo Drift’.
When these models were exhibited around the world, they caused an immediate sensation which prompted a clamor of orders from other rich car owners wishing to “pimp up” their rides as well. Every high-end luxury and exotic vehicle would pass through Kato’s doors and be given the full service. The Maserati GranTurismo was no exception.
Their Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale body kit is quite exquisite. Looking beefed-up, bulky and aggressive while still maintaining its original classy feel. Low slung, to the point of lying flush to the pavement, its bloated wheel arches expand to try and cover the fat wide wheels with black racing rims.
The new front, rear and side skirts will retail between US$13,000 to $15,900, depending on which model is being upgraded. But, if you would like them to get under the hood and install a digital air suspension, this will set you back up to $13,700.
Mansory – Maserati Granturismo Body Kit
This German company has been providing Maserati GranTurismo widebody kits for many years now. Their style is not as outlandish as Liberty Walk but they make beautifully crafted body work. Even the first 2008 Maserati GranTurismo body kit is available and for every model thereafter.
They cover the whole gamut of what’s needed – front fender; vented engine hood; side skirts; diffuser; rear performance wing and rear deck lid spoiler. The results look very impressive. A refined upgrade of the original body lines blended with some tasteful add-ons.
Novitec – Maserati Granturismo Body Kit
Another German outfitter, but this time they provide the entire service to upgrade your Maserati. While they offer the usual list of exterior improvements (front, rear, side panels and rear spoilers) for their Maserati GranTurismo MC body kit, they can also completely overhaul the performance as well.
For an additional cost they can redo your exhaust system to improve performance and to increase the engine note and, at the same time, giving the tailpipes a more aggressive appearance. The suspension can be automated so it can be lowered or raised at any time. While the wheels and tires will be customized to your individual vehicle’s needs to ensure maximum grip to the road.
Formula Dynamics – Maserati Granturismo Body Kit
This body kit company is based in Las Vegas and offers a great Maserati GranTurismo Corsa body kit. With a range of front and rear bumpers, front fender, rear wing, hood and exhaust tips they can transform any GT into a more menacing machine. Materials are offered in plastic or carbon fiber with varying costs.
Online – Maserati Granturismo Body Kit
Just a quick Google search will get you to several sites selling Maserati GranTurismo body kits. Quite common to find rear diffusers and front splitters selling from around a thousand dollars while a small body kit package can set you back for $2,000-$3,000.
As you can tell from the above, there are many choices for Maserati GranTurismo body kits. Depending on your taste and budget, you will be able to find something that matches your requirements. Whether it is a subtle addition to the vehicle or a complete and radical transformation, you will have every opportunity to extract the “Italian Grit” out of your cherished Maserati GranTurismo.