New & Used Maserati GranTurismo: In Depth
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The GranTurismo is the only two-door model currently offered in Maserati's small range of vehicles. It's definitely the sportiest model from the brand, although it's set up as more of a grand tourer than a true sports car, with available luxury amenities like fitted luggage as well as a two-plus-two interior. The GranTurismo is available as either a coupe or convertible, both of which are wrapped in slinky styling and use a V-8 engine designed and built by Ferrari.
The GranTurismo is a rival for cars like the Porsche 911, Ferrari California, and Aston Martin Vantage.
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The GranTurismo replaced the simply named Maserati Coupé in 2007, bringing the performance of that car together with increased refinement. It is easily the most aggressively styled Maserati in the current lineup, with an exotic look and a curvaceous profile expected of a high-performance Italian two-door. It is one of very few cars that looks as good or even better in convertible form, the lowered roof accentuating the strong rear fenders.
A 405-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 was originally standard on the GranTurismo, and GranTurismo S models initially got a 433-hp, 4.7-liter version. For the 2012 model year, the 4.2-liter V-8 was discontinued, and all GranTurismo models now have a 4.7-liter V-8, with base cars rated at 433 hp, and GranTurismo S models at 444 hp. Maserati estimates the standard car can get to 60 mph in less than 5.0 seconds and to a top speed of more than 177 mph, while the GranTurismo S models can takes just 4.8 seconds or less to hit 60 mph, and can reach up to 185 mph. A GranTurismo MC edition inspired by Maserati's racing efforts sports 20-inch wheels and dark metallic trim as well as the newly uprated engine.
In both cases, the engine lives up to its Ferrari pedigree, emitting a low rumble at idle and a tuneful wail under full acceleration. All GranTurismos have a six-speed ZF automatic transmission, including excellent column-mounted steering-wheel paddles for shifting. The setup works well, with the transmission shifting quickly and decisively. Some previous models came with the Duo-Select automated manual gearbox, which we recommend you avoid due to exceptionally rough shifts during leisurely driving. Overall, with quick-ratio steering and a Skyhook air suspension with Sport mode, plus excellent brakes with a pedal feel right on par with other exotics, the GranTurismo manages to feel surprisingly nimble, considering that it's heavier than most other rival coupes. The Sport models have their own specific suspension settings, offering an even firmer ride.
The Maserati GranTurismo feels snug, because of its quite narrow footwells and tight sport seats, but it's also warm and inviting thanks to soft leather and other excellent cabin details. There are back seats in the GranTurismo, but they're mostly for small adults and children, though they look enticing enough to try. The front seats provide enough space for taller adults, and trunk space should be just enough for a weekend trip. Maserati sells most of its GranTurismo and Quattroporte models by special order rather than off the lot, with a long list of customization options, interior trims, and luxury features, including a navigation system by Magneti Marelli, "trident" logo stitching on the seats, and carbon-fiber trim for the MC edition.
A new Sport version of the 2013 GranTurismo debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, joining the GranTurismo Convertible Sport from the previous year. Sport models get a 460-horsepower version of the 4.7-liter V-8 engine, helping the cars run to 60 mph in about five seconds flat. At the 2013 Geneva show, an updated version of the more hardcore MC Stradale was unveiled, potentially previewing updates for the U.S.-market GranTurismo MC. And making their debut at the 2014 New York auto show were GranTurismo and GranCabrio Centennial models, celebrating Maserati's hundredth year with a very special look.
Looking forward, the GranTurismo is expected to be replaced in 2016 with an entirely new, somewhat smaller model. The brand showed its Alfieri concept at the 2014 Geneva motor show. It is based on a shortened GranTurismo platform and envisions a more compact and very striking 2+2 that is meant as an homage to the company's 100-year history. It's likely that the design will heavily influence whatever comes after the GranTurismo to fill the coupe slot in the company's lineup.