Europe is widely considered the hotbed of sports cars, with many of the most popular models rolling out of factories headquartered in the continent. Names such as Bugatti, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, Ferrari, Audi, and Lamborghini all originated and currently based in Europe. The same goes for two less heralded brands, the Maserati and Aston Martin.
The latest version of the GranTurismo is a coupe that can accommodate four adults and powered by a Ferrari-sourced V8 engine that produces an eye-popping 453 horsepower at 7000 rpm. It also churns out 384 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode. With the powerful engine, the GranTurismo can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is around 177 miles per hour.
There are four versions making up the GranTurismo Range—the GranTurismo, S, Sport, and MC Stradale, which is the one that has a more defined race car look and performance. The MC Stradale features carbon fiber hood, superior suspension, alloy-20 inch, and maximum speed of 188 miles per hour.
The MC Stradale, however, does not have the Skyhook air suspension that is standard in the three other models. Instead, the air suspension is available as an add-on.
Inside the GranTurismo, a very functional cabin greets the driver and passenger alike. Standard features include satellite navigation, Bluetooth compatibility, and Bose audio system. Upgrades include custom-stitched seats, wood trims, multi-colored leathers, and even embroidered headrests.
The base price of the GranTurismo is $126,500.
Aston Martin Vantage
The Aston Martin Vantage features two powertrains—a 4.7 liter, V8 engine that generates 430 horsepower at 7300 rpm and 361 pound-feet of torque, and a V12 engine that produces 565 horsepower and 457 pound feet of torque.
The V12 engine is paired with a seven-speed automatic manual, unlike the 4.7 liter engine which can be hooked up with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Still, both engines are powerful and produce a distinctive revving sound that motoring enthusiasts would love to hear. The V12 engine particularly produces one of the best engine soundtracks you’ll hear.
The Aston Martin Vantage performs like a true sports car, able to accelerate to 60 miles in around 4 seconds and topping speeds of up to 190 miles per hour. That is for the V8 engine, as the V12 engine pushes the Vantage to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in an amazing 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 205 miles per hour.
Braking is improved thanks to a two-piece front discs measuring 380mm in diameter and piston calipers. Safety features include a newly integrated hill start assist system that prevents the sports car from rolling back on steep hills, and a new power steering pump.
The interiors of the Vantage look luxurious and classy. The seats are low slung yet comfortable, with a wide and simple center stack. Visibility is good, but like most sports cars, the interiors are not exactly roomy.
The same goes for the trunk, with limited room for storage. At most, you can stuff a couple of bags for a weekend getaway. There is also very limited storage in the passenger compartment. But you can’t really complaint about this, as sports cars are not exactly known for their cargo storage.
There are plenty of standard features in the Vantage like an Aston Martin audio system, Bluetooth, iPod and USB connectivity, and electronically adjustable seats. There are also other great features like automatic climate control, electroluminescent displays, rear parking sensors and heated exterior mirrors.
The Aston Martin Vantage is slightly cheaper than the Maserati GranTurismo, with a base price of around $123,000.
The Aston Martin Vantage and the Maserati GranTurismo are true sports cars with exemplary performance on the road. The Vantage slightly beats the Maserati sports car in acceleration as it can zoom to 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds, topping the 4.7 seconds of the GranTurismo.
Fuel economy numbers of both models are also very similar, with the Vantage having 14/21 for city and highway driving, respectively. On the other hand, the GranTurismo has 13/21 fuel efficiency ratings.
The Vantage however, is more lightweight than its rival with its weight of 3670 pounds compared to the 4145 pounds of the GranTurismo. This could explain why the Vantage is more nimble on the road compared to the GranTurismo.
The gap between the Vantage and the GranTurismo is so small it’s hard to pick out which model is better. In the end, a buyer’s bias towards the company that manufactured the model could ultimately be the deciding factor.
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