2017 Maserati GranTurismo Review

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2017 Maserati GranTurismo Overview

Even though it’s been out for a few years now, the Maserati GranTurismo still brings to the table an abundance of presence and style. While it’s not quite as finely tuned or performance-focused as the equivalent Ferrari or Porsche, it’s more than sophisticated enough for everyday driving, quicker than most other cars on the road, and certainly prettier. Available as an elegant coupe or soft-top convertible, the 2017 GranTurismo starts at just under $133,000 for the base Sport coupe and peaks at over $180,000 for an MC Centennial Convertible. No significant changes are in store for 2017 for this low-volume GT, which competes with the likes of the Jaguar F-Type and the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

Behind the GranTurismo’s wide, distinctive grille and trident badge is a Ferrari-built and designed 4.7-liter V8 engine, whose exhaust note is practically worth the price of admission on its own. Its exotic-sounding snarl turns heads for several blocks in all directions as it propels the GranTurismo to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 185 mph. Mated to a 6-speed paddle-shifted ZF automatic transmission, the V8 is good for 454 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque in all trims except the Convertible, which has to settle for 10 hp less. Fuel economy runs at 13 mpg city, 21 highway, and 16 combined for the coupe variant and 13, 20, and 15 for the convertible. The GranTurismo’s higher-performance MC trims are outfitted with carbon-fiber hood vents, a stiffer suspension, 20-inch forged-alloy wheels, and 6-piston carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes. Other trims come standard with Maserati’s active adjustable Skyhook suspension system, which is available as an option on the MCs.

At over 2 tons and with 16 feet of overall length, the GranTurismo coupe is hardly a small car, and opting for the convertible variant adds even more weight while sacrificing torsional rigidity and horsepower. Given its six-figure price tag, it’s not unreasonable to expect it to be a quicker car—a C7 Corvette will easily outrun the GranTurismo and costs half the price. These days, however, the Maserati brand is more about style, sophistication, and comfort than all-out performance—and in that respect, the GranTurismo continues to deliver, especially when it comes to the interior.

Aside from the engine, the cockpit is where the GranTurismo’s high price tag starts to make sense. The interior is both modern and unmistakably Italian, and buyers can personalize their vehicle with custom stitching for the seats, contrasting colors for the leather upholstery, wood trims, and available headrests embroidered with the company’s trident logo. Aluminum pedals and a centrally located analog dash clock are among the other luxury touches. Standard features across the lineup include navigation, Bluetooth, and a Bose audio system, while MC trims get extra Alcantara upholstery and carbon-fiber interior trim. The 2 rear seats are also more usable than you’d think, and overall, the interior has the kind of premium feel you’d expect from such an expensive Italian car.

Despite Maserati’s 100th anniversary having come and gone, the GranTurismo’s Centennial Edition appearance package remains available. While not cheap, it adds special exterior paint with unique matching or contrasting interior color schemes that make the already gorgeous Pininfarina-styled exotic even more eye-catching.

As an expensive, low-volume vehicle, the GranTurismo has not been crash tested by the usual authorities. Its massive purchase price also doesn’t include the usual active safety features we’ve come to expect from even the most basic economy cars.

Although Maserati has finally ventured into the mass market with its 4-door Ghibli, the Italian brand has not lost any of its cachet. The GranTurismo has become a status symbol for the well-heeled buyer, and though it hasn’t changed much over the last 10 years, it can still turn heads with its sharp looks and the growl of its exhaust.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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