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TheCarConnection.com has driven the GranTurismo to bring you firsthand impressions and an overall assessment here in this Bottom Line. Then to bring you a wide range of opinions, TheCarConnection.com has handpicked highlights from many consumer and enthusiast publications that have also reviewed or tested the 2010 Maserati GranTurismo in person.
- Badge cred
- Sonorous Ferrari-built V-8
- Superb steering
- Luxurious interior
- Comfortable seating position
- Stiff ride
- Seats could be more supportive
- No manual option
- No cool gadgets
Two years ago, the Maserati GranTurismo replaced the GranSport model. The lineup was then expanded last year with the introduction of the more powerful GranTurismo S, as well as a new ZF six-speed automatic in replacement of Maserati’s previous robotized semi-manual transmission. This year sees the introduction of the GranTurismo Convertible, also called GranCabrio, which is easily the pick of the bunch if money is no option.
The 2010 Maserati GranTurismo has a very attractive silhouette, keeping up with the sleek voluptuous design that one would expect of an Italian exotic. You need to see the GranTurismo up close to really appreciate its beauty, which is dominated by the curves, the low front end, the flared rear fenders, and the oversized front grille.
The standard 2010 Maserati GranTurismo comes equipped with a 405-horsepower 4.2-liter V-8, while the sportier GranTurismo S gets a 4.7-liter engine with 433 horsepower on tap. Both engines are a variation of an original Ferrari design and, as expected, sound wonderful when revved hard. The GranTurismo Convertible also gets the more powerful 4.7-liter V-8. Standard across the GranTurismo range is a six-speed ZF automatic transmission. After being introduced last year, it has proven to be an excellent replacement for the old Duo-Select automated manual gearbox. The ZF automatic shifts quickly and decisively, and it seems to react more promptly to throttle inputs and steep grades than most automatics. Click the paddles alongside the steering wheel, and it almost instantaneously commands a shift. The 0-60 mph run now takes just 5.1 seconds in the GranTurismo, while the GranTurismo S gets there in 4.5 seconds. Top speeds are 177 mph and 183 mph, respectively. The GranTurismo convertible, despite having the more powerful engine, is the slowest of the pack with a 0-60 mph sprint time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 176 mph. The slight performance differential is due to the extra weight of chassis strengthening required when removing a car’s roof.