It's expensive by any measure, but the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo has the features expected at its price point, and its custom-fit options list would make any Italian fashion house's fall collection.
For a base price of about $126,000 rising to $143,400, the GranTurismo lineup includes four models: the base GranTurismo S Coupe, a base Convertible and Convertible Sport; and the MC. All models come standard with leather upholstery; automatic climate control; power heated front seats; Bluetooth; an AM/FM/CD audio system with satellite radio and USB connectivity; a hard-drive-based navigation system with 30GB of storage for other media; red-painted brake calipers; 20-inch wheels; and rear parking sensors.
Both convertibles have a power-operated, triple-layer top with a glass rear window standard. A wind deflector is available.
Convertible Sport editions get shift paddles and a sport-programmed automatic transmission; a sport-tuned suspension; smoked metallic trim; a front spoiler; and a sport exhaust system. Front parking sensors are an option on either Convertible, along with the usual dizzying array of color and trim options: you can paint the brake calipers any of seven different colors, choose two-tone leather treatments, even order the Maserati trident logo embroidered on the seats' headrests.
Carbon-fiber and metallic trim pieces can be applied to Sport convertibles, but they're included with the MC coupe, which approximates a racing version sold in Europe. In addition to sport suspension and transmission tuning, the MC gets bi-xenon headlamps with adaptive control; dark metallic trim and S badging; aluminum pedals and shift paddles; sport seats; distinctive wheels and its own front and rear fascias.
If you're looking for a bargain on the options list, you might be tempted to spec a standard coupe to MC spec. Maserati figures you can almost do it--but it reserves the sport-shift paddles and other trim to the MC model alone.