American tuning specialist Elite Carbon, the one that offers outrageously expensive carbon-fiber body parts for cars such as Audi R8, Ferrari F430 Scuderia and Lamborghini Gallardo, has finally revealed a body kit for the elegant 2009 Maserati GranTurismo sports car. Although, considering all the dead weight which is usually carried by luxury performance vehicles, the effect from mass reduction will be marginal at best, the parts would still do a fairly good job at making your vehicle more unique.
According to the US-based tuner, the kit includes a carbon-fiber front bumper with a clear-painted exposed carbon lip and air ducts surrounds, as well as new side skirts, a rear deck spoiler and a new rear diffuser.
Of course, the pair of heavily photoshopped photos doesn’t say much about the kit as a whole, but one can say that the car has acquired even more menacing appearance (I particularly like the way the side skirts are sculpted, although there is a good chance that they will produce more aerodynamic noise at higher speeds). However, I am not that sure about its aerodynamic quality gains.
The tuning company doesn’t say anything about the kit’s price, but currently it sells a carbon fiber rear diffuser for the F430 at a price of $5299 and a front spoiler for the Audi R8 will cost you almost $2500.
So expect to pay a price of a fully packed 2009 Ford Focus ST for the whole kit when it goes on sale later next year. Of course, the price that Elite Carbon charges for their parts seems to be more or less justified: there is a lot of skilled labor and expensive materials that are invested into preparing every body kit and there is clearly not a lot of customers who buy this sort of personalization parts, so it is normal that a mere front bumper costs as an Indian motorcycle. Still, I don’t think that the practical gains achieved from the leightweight material would be able to justify the stunning price tag.
Photos: Elite Carbon