by Tony West
Lake Forest Sportcars is responsible for many of the new Maserati and Lotus whips in Chicago. It has one of the few Maserati dealership in the Midwest and the only Lotus dealership in Illinois. Exclusivity, master craftsmanship, and one-of-a-kind lux style sets Maserati apart from other premium whips at LFSC. It takes a real car connoisseur to appreciate the Maserati. While Aston Martin and McLaren have the cool factor and Ferrari has the mainstream, Maserati sits among elite hand-crafted Italian cars. Lake Forest Sportscars sells new production models like the awe-inspiring 65k Ghibli along with new and used models of the infamous GranTourismo and the Quattraporte.
Maserati GranTurismo Sport
The GranTurismo is the most successful car in Maserati’s history. The infamous 4-seat coupe continues the tradition of flawless sport and sophistication. The new GranTurismo Sport has enhancements like LED daytime running lights, a more aggressive nose, a new central front spitter and larger side grilles, along with upgrades to its Skyhook technology.
The GranTurismo Sport comes with a 4.7 liter V8 with 454 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. With a max speed of 188 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds the GranTurismo Sport is still pretty efficient. A 6-speed ZF automatic transmission is standard along with an available electroactuated transmission.
The GranTurismo has a combined EPA in the 20-21 mpg range and the naturally aspirated V8 has a top speed of 186 mph and 7,000 rpm. Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters allow for manual driving. 5 modes are also selectable: Auto Normal, Auto Sport, Manual Normal, Manual Sport, and Ice.
As part of the MC Start Strategy, a Launch Control System will send full torque to the GranTurismo from a standing stop. And Skyhook damping creates precise handling in any road condition.
The interior of the 2014 GranTurismo Sport is spacious, sporty, and luxurious, with a flat bottomed steering wheel, sports seats, and Poltrona Frau leather and upholstery.
Lake Forest Sportscars retails the 2014 GranTurismo Sport for $139,000.
2014 Maserati Quattraporte S
The Quattraporte is a rear-wheel-drive sedan with effortless premium luxury, Italian craftsmanship, and sporty character. The design is longer and wider, elegant yet muscular with a near 50:50 weight distribution.
2 engines are available with the Quattraporte, a 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 530 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque and a twin-turbo V6 is available 403 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. Both Quattraporte engines are matted to an 8-speed ZF AT8 HP70 automatic transmission with mechanical limited slip differential. Normal, Sport, and Track drive modes are selectable with Manual and Automatic along with ICE mode for increased control.
The Quattraporte has double wishbone front suspension and multilink rear suspension. And the Maserati stability program uses sensors to constantly measure handling and grip, and adjusts the ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Anti Slip Regulation, and Brake Apply for max comfort.
The Quattraporte interior is a premium lux cabin with leather sports seats and optional wood, open grain, or lacquered woods. A 7-inch TFT display is used for the digital dash wrapped in Poltrona Frau leather. Maserati Touch Control uses an 8.4-inch touchscreen for radio, navigation, and the DVD player. A 10 speaker surround sound system and the WiFi hotspot are standard. A Bowers & Wilkens Surround Sound system is optional as well as a rear seat entertainment with 10-inch LCD screens.
Lake Forest Sportscars sells the 2014 Quattraporte starting at $109,000.
Lake Forest Sportscars is an exclusive Lotus dealership in Illinois. The Lotus Evora is the world’s only mid-engine 2-door coupe. The Evora is such a unique sportscar Midwesterners may not recognize it at first glance. But the Evora is a thrill ride. The 2014 Evora is no doubt a compact car, but now with wider taller doors, a roomier interior. The new Evora also comes with Alpine satellite navigation and audio.
The sporty Evora has a 3.5 liter V6 engine with 276 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque and goes from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds.
Lake Forest Sportcars sells the new Evora for $85,000 to $88,000.
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