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Pirelli: From Classic to Modern, New Tires for Maserati GT Cars

BESPOKE P ZERO AND P ZERO WINTER TIRES FOR THE GRANTURISMO WITH TRADITIONAL AND ELECTRIC POWERTRAINS, AND CINTURATO P7 FROM THE COLLEZIONE RANGE FOR THE BITURBO

From the first Biturbo launched in 1982 with the Cinturato P7, to the 100% electric GranTurismo Folgore equipped with P Zero Elect tires, Pirelli has been a part of Maserati’s grand touring history. GT cars are sporty as well as comfortable, suitable for both long journeys and daily use, with performance and comfort as constant key features, despite decades of evolution. Today, Pirelli offers tailored original equipment for the icons of this tradition: P Zero and P Zero Elect for GranTurismo and GranTurismo Folgore, as well as a new Cinturato P7 from the Collezione range for vintage Biturbo collectors. All these tires have dedicated development, in collaboration with Maserati, as indicated by the MGT marking on their sidewalls.

P ZERO AND P ZERO WINTER FOR THE NEW GRANTURISMO

For the current generation of GranTurismo, recently introduced in two versions with traditional and electric powertrains, Pirelli has developed three specific tire sets, each with different sizes for the front (20″) and rear (21″). For warm weather driving, the ICE variant features the Pirelli P Zero, while the GranTurismo Folgore offers the P Zero with an Elect marking, indicating specific technologies for electric cars. To provide control and handling even in cold weather, the GranTurismo can be equipped with the Pirelli P Zero Winter, approved by Maserati as the ideal solution for winter conditions for both powertrains. The P Zero is the UHP (Ultra High-Performance) tire chosen by the most prestigious carmakers for high-performance models, and it is produced using advanced virtual modeling and simulation to precisely tailor the tire to each car’s characteristics. These simulations are followed by test sessions on the track to optimize both the tire’s and the vehicle’s behavior. Maserati’s requirements are particularly demanding, as they ask for tires that provide a high level of driving comfort and low noise, especially for the P Zero Elect tires on the Folgore, which underwent additional development to achieve the desired level of quietness. State-of-the-art compounds also allow for high lateral and longitudinal accelerations typical of a grand touring car.

CINTURATO P7 FOR THE MASERATI BITURBO

Maserati’s first mass-produced GT, which dates to the early 1980s, is the Biturbo, a compact high-performance coupé that was originally equipped with Pirelli Cinturato P7 tires. This tire, directly derived from the World Rally Championship experience, was the first ultra-low-profile tire introduced to the market. Its distinctive feature was a sidewall lower than the tread width, which had never been seen before, greatly enhancing the car’s cornering grip. The Cinturato P7 quickly became one of the flagship tires for high-performance vehicles and was later supplied as original equipment on the Biturbo S, the upgraded and even sportier version introduced exactly forty years ago. Today, the Cinturato P7 returns to the lineup for the Maserati Biturbo in the 205/55 R14 size within the Pirelli Collezione line, dedicated to classic cars. This Cinturato P7, marked MGT, has been revived in collaboration with Maserati Classiche and features a design for both the tread pattern and lettering that closely resembles the original, but is manufactured with modern materials and technologies. In addition to Pirelli’s test drivers, the new tire was also tested by the same Maserati test driver who developed the Biturbo 40 years ago, bringing back the same sporty character, now combined with enhanced safety, especially on wet roads and low-grip conditions.

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