|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2013 Maserati GranTurismo
|Sport||4.7L V8||RWD||6A||4.6 sec||13.1 sec @ 109.2 mph||13/21/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2011 Maserati GranTurismo
|Convertible||4.7L V8||RWD||6A||4.9 sec||13.5 sec @ 107 mph||12/20/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
2009 Maserati GranTurismo
|S||4.7L V8||RWD||6A||4.5 sec||12.9 sec @ 110.5 mph||12/19/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2008 Maserati GranTurismo
|Coupe||4.2L V8||RWD||6A||4.9 sec||13.5 sec @ 105 mph||13/19/13 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Coupe||4.2L V8||RWD||6A||4.9 sec||13.5 sec @ 104 mph||13/19/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Coupe||4.2L V8||RWD||6A||5.1 sec||13.6 sec @ 104.6 mph||13/19/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Coupe||4.2L V8||RWD||6A||4.7 sec||13.3 sec @ 106.2 mph||13/19/16.6 mpg||Road & Track|
About Maserati GranTurismo
Italy is known to have brought to the world some of the most beautiful works of art, from the immortal Mona Lisa to the Pantheon to the Colliseum. If you are a car enthusiast, you’d realize that Italy has also contributed Maserati to the world of luxury cars.
Through the years, Maserati cars have been praised for their luxurious looks and impressive performance. Does the latest Maserati GranTurismo live up to that tradition?
What can you expect from the Maserati GranTurismo? Here are the specs of this sedan:
- Engine: 4.7 liter, V 8 engine
- Power: 444 horsepower at 7000 pound/feet of torque
- 0-60: 4.6 seconds
- Top speed: 185 MPH
- Transmission: Six-Speed Automatic
- Seating: Four people
- MPG: 13 for city driving, 21 for highway driving
- MSRP: $132,000 (base)
A brief backgrounder: the Maserati GranTurismo may have hugged the headlines when it was resurrected in 2007, but the model was actually the first road car of the Italian automobile giant. It was launched during the Geneva Motor Show in 1947. The car was resurrected in time for its 60th anniversary.
The Maserati GranTurismo is available in three trim levels, convertible, sport and Maserati Corseour racing.
Make no mistake about it, the GranTurismo is a real looker. From afar, you’ll get the impression that the GranTurismo is scowling with its gaping front grille. Its headlights, which resemble the eyes of a hawk, give it a supercar impression. And it has a shapely roof that further gives it a more futuristic look.
Inside, you’ll be surprised that the interiors are spacious. Particularly impressive is the spacious headroom despite the GranTurismo’s well-formed top. The twin backseats are inviting, and there is enough legroom for your tired legs.
The said seats can accommodate two more people, although these are mostly for children and small adults.
The cabin looks good with luxurious leather covering the seats and almost every surface. You can choose from a wide array of colors, or customize the interiors with carbon fiber and suede packages. If you’ve been in or driven previous Maserati coupes, you’ll feel that the GranTurismo beats them in terms of design and space.
It does not hurt that the interiors are equipped with the most advanced features in entertainment and navigational systems, with Bluetooth and Bose audio system integrated in the car.
The 4.7 liter, V-8 engine revs to 7500 rpm with a lot of zing that should impress even the most demanding of drivers. Its engine emits a very low rumble when idle, and a pleasant howl when the car accelerates.
Its six-speed transmission offers four operating modes, with the first setting (Auto Normal) minimizing vibration. The second mode, Auto Sport, uses the lowest gear possible to move to higher engine speeds.
According to Maserati, the GranTurismo can move from standstill to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds, or 4.6 seconds to be exact. Fuel economy is not something to write home about, with the GranTurismo averaging 13 mpg when in the city and 21 mpg when in the highway.
As the name suggests, the GranTurismo is a grand touring car by design and you’ll realize that when you get behind the wheel. You’ll love that its suspension is good enough to absorb road imperfections, minimizing body roll in the process. This is largely credited to the magnetically controlled shock absorbers of the GranTurismo that smooth out road bumps, making it ideal for highway travel.
The car also feels balanced in most turns, and the steering is accurate and communicative. Despite its size, it is pretty fast with a top speed of 185 mph. It can also give a comfortable ride during long distance travel.
Of course, its size prevents it from matching the speed of its competitors from BMW and Jaguar which have more powerful 405-HP V8 engines.
In terms of safety, the GranTurismo has the standard features such as antilock brakes, stability and traction control, side curtain airbags and front-seat side bags. There are also front and rear parking sensors in the GranTurismo Sport.
Value for Money
Whem you mention the name Maserati, you immediately think of the word expensive and that is the case for the GranTurismo. Imagine shelling out $132,000 for the base GranTurismo, and paying more dollars if you want to add more cosmetic packages.
Due to its size, the GranTurismo is not the fastest in its market. It would be hard for the car to outrun the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar XKR-S. It also pales in comparison with the MB CL-Class in terms of amenities.
However, the GranTurismo has its strengths. It retains the very unique look that Maserati cars are known for; it has a pretty good engine, and its steering and suspension are also commendable. Plus, the usable backseats of the GranTurismo would come in handy during long trips.
For more information about Maserati GranTurismo, visit the official Maserati website.
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