Plush and powerful, the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo has other grand touring coupes in its sights, but it's nearly alone in offering four seats.
The Jaguar XK is its most direct competitor, with its own British spin on the Maserati's lusty GT performance envelope, and it's significantly lighter--but just a two-seater, as are the German quasi-exotics, the venerable Porsche 911 and the newbie Audi R8.
The Ferrari California's a stretch from the GranTurismo's pricetag, but the folding hardtop and the even more prestigious badge may be worth the stretch.
Finally, the Aston Vantage has much in common with the Jaguar, but an even more rarified clientele to match its sticker price.
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|2012 Maserati GranTurismoBrowse Used Listings||2012 Audi R8Browse Used Listings||2012 Jaguar XKBrowse Used Listings||2012 Porsche 911Browse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas Flat 6|
|2-Door Coupe GranTurismo S||2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L||2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe 997 Carrera|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual||Automatic||Manual|
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