The True Grand Tourer, the Maserati GranTurismo is a machine that defines the very foundations of motoring bliss, brought to you on car lease deals that are as competitive as the companies racing heritage.
The Italians do take their supercars seriously, whether looking at Lamborghini, Ferrari or Maserati and the beautiful, iconic cars they have created over the years. But what about the GranTurismo? Well this certainly retains the absolute key points of what an exceptional, thrilling and superfluous GT should be.
Easily out to rival the likes of the Porsche 911, the Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin's DB9 and the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG, the Maserati GranTurismo is the coup de force in the company's arsenal. Delivering a beautifully executed and emotional driving experience, the GT does everything it set out to....and so much more.
Motorists who have already driven the GranTurismo do indeed remark on its superior performance, road hugging handling and divine styling, altogether making it one of the most desired 4 seater Super-Tourers available today.
Developing an incredible output of either 405 or 460 bhp, the 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds for the 4.7ltr V8 MC Stradale and 5.2 for the standard 4.2ltr V8 model accentuates the passion that Italians have for their automotive industry.
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A Maserati should be nothing less.
Power for the more powerful GranTurismo S comes from the same Ferrari-sourced 4. 7-litre V8 engine that’s found in the most powerful version of their Quattroporte saloon. The alternative is a 405bhp 4. 2-litre version of the same powerplant that manages 0-60mph in 5. 2s, only 0. 3s slower than the S, on the way to a similar top speed of around 180mph. It’s not quite in the ultimate supercar bracket but all of that should be plenty for the playboy on his day off.
The GranTurismo has obviously been designed to entertain as well as cosset its driver. The front-engined rear-wheel drive layout helps it achieve a well balanced 49/51 weight distribution, As a result, this is a car that is nearly as at home on a twisting B road as it is on a motorway.
The automatic gearbox with its wheel-mounted paddle shifters is much better than the jerky ‘DuoSelect’ automated manual ‘box on other Maseratis (and which remains an option on this S model). The standard auto still has wheel-mounted paddles and is cleverly able to adapt to your driving style as well as to the prevailing road conditions. The extra outlay required by the S model gets you not only the bigger engine but a faster-shifting gearbox and uprated brakes.
If you need a softer ride and don’t care too much about sportscar handling, then it may be worth finding a little extra cash for the optional Skyhook suspension system. In ‘Sport’ setting, the car feels pretty much like a standard GranTurismo on fixed rate dampers, but Skyhook does give you the additional option of switching to a more comfort-orientated mode for motorway work.
The exterior lines have real drama about them, the three holes behind the front wheelarch referencing the Quattroporte saloon. The gaping Maserati grille with its silver trident dominates the front end below the long bonnet that plunges at the nose. There’s a feeling of power in the muscular hindquarters, with the curves at the rear bulging around to form the integrated boot spoiler. Inside, the beautifully finished cabin is split in two by the wide transmission tunnel while the V design at the top of the dash is said to increase the sporty feel by making occupants feel like they’re sitting lower in the car. The seats all feature Maserati’s trident logo on their headrests and there are subtle chrome inlays for the controls.
The GT is a sizable 4,881mm in length, so it’s a good 500mm longer than the old Coupe that this car replaced but the wheelbase is 126mm shorter than the Quattroporte saloon from which it borrows its basic underpinnings. Crucially to the more practical and luxurious direction that Maserati is being led in, the GranTurismo is a 2+2 and although claims by the manufacturer that it can sit “two adults comfortably even on longer journeys” do stretch the limits a little. The 260-litre boot though, is smaller than that offered by most rivals.
Apart from the choice of either 4. 2 or 4. 7-litre engines, those who go for the 4. 7-litre S can choose either Maserati’s semi-automatic ‘DuoSelect’ ‘automated manual’ gearbox or the standard and much less jerky automatic transmission. There’s no conventional manual gearbox offered.
This car is refreshing in that it’s a GT that for once, lives up to its name. Fast, stylish and capable of covering transcontinental distances while keeping occupants and their designer luggage in the rarefied atmosphere to which they are accustomed. That’s what GT motoring should be about and it sums up the Maserati GranTurismo.
With gorgeous looks for once accompanied by an appropriate emphasis on quality, this model has been a useful step forward for the brand. And amid all the talk of luxury seating, chrome inlays and Poltrona Frau leather, it’s important to remember that there’s a 180mph performance sportscar lurking here. And a worthy bearer of a classic badge.