2009 Maserati GranTurismo Styling

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Maserati has been an automotive icon for decades, but the brand's recent revival is epitomized by the 2009 Maserati GranTurismo, a sporty GT that features one of the sexiest and most captivating designs on the road today.

Reviewers from all types of publications express unanimous approval of the exterior design of the new 2009 Maserati GranTurismo. Road & Track calls the sporty coupe a "stylish Italian grand tourer that through the judicious application of high technology has the heart of a true sporting machine." Car and Driver reviewers simply refer to the Maserati GranTurismo as "a Modenese masterpiece." For those not familiar with the Maserati 2009 GranTurismo, Edmunds describes it as "a four-passenger grand touring coupe available in two trim levels—base and S." From the exterior, there is little to distinguish between the two models; Motor Trend notes that the "visual mods are subtle" and limited to "a small spoiler on the rear deck, revised rocker panels, and a black grille and headlamp casings" for the 2009 Maserati GranTurismo S. Other than those changes, Edmunds says the Maserati 2009 GranTurismo lineup "looks like nothing else on the road—in a very good way." The word that the automotive press used most commonly used to describe the Maserati GranTurismo is "seductive," and the editors at TheCarConnection.com can't agree more.

An instant automotive design icon, the 2009 Maserati GranTurismo flows seamlessly from grille to taillights, with curves and creases in all the right places.

The 2009 Maserati GranTurismo features an elegant and luxurious design inside the cabin as well, although there are a few problems with control placement. The most glaring flaw is called out by Road & Track reviewers, who say that "you have to be positive in stabbing the brake pedal—it is positioned close to the gas pedal to facilitate heel-and-toe operation of the manual versions of the S and you can be caught out by applying both the brake and throttle if you're not careful." The other major complaint comes from ConsumerGuide, where testers feel that "the standard navigation system is a nightmare of nonsensical buttons and knobs...requiring lengthy study before use." On the positive side, Car and Driver considers the "ergonomics are mostly the antithesis of Italian tradition," with the driver placed "in proper relationship with primary and secondary controls," although they point out that "the signal and wiper stalks were a little too far away." Overall, however, reviewers tend to side with Edmunds, which remarks that the Maserati GranTurismo's "leather-cased interior is warm, inviting and highly customizable," with a "driving position [that] is first-rate."

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