Damn sexy, damn fast.
With the GranTurismo, Maserati has a stunning coupe and a convertible that live up to the brand’s billing as a highly satisfying consolation prize to people who perhaps wanted a Ferrari. This exotic Italian has smoldering curves, a leather-lined interior with the proper aroma of luxury, and an exquisite sound that comes from a Ferrari-engineered 4.7-liter V-8. For 2013, the 433-hp S Automatic coupe — last year’s base model — has been dropped, so the “cheapest” model is the new Sport coupe, which costs a pretty reasonable $129,500 when you consider its style, performance, and exclusivity. The base convertible costs $12,300 more, and it’s the Maserati two-door with the lowest horsepower rating. The Sport coupe’s 454-hp rating matches that of the MC coupe and Sport convertible, both of which were new for 2012. The Sport coupe could make the MC a tougher sell: the $16,900-pricier MC essentially adds only a nonadaptive suspension and cosmetic flair. The $146,400 Sport convertible has most of the MC’s goodies but doesn’t offer its less-forgiving fixed-rate standard suspension. The GranTurismo is really too big and heavy to be a racetrack star, but it excels at being sexy, sounds amazing, and is a comfortable grand tourer for four people while being quicker and faster than almost anything else on the street.
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new for 2013
The S Automatic coupe has been replaced by the more powerful Sport coupe. The 4.7-liter V-8 gets a 10-hp boost, so it’s now available in 444- and 454-hp versions. The seats are newly designed with integral headrests. Sport models get a bolder front fascia. Front parking sensors are now standard on all but the MC. Brake calipers can now be painted matte blue (in addition to eight other options), and there’s a new light-blue exterior color called sofisticato.
Front, front side, and side curtain air bags are standard, along with ABS, traction and stability control, a limited-slip differential, hydraulic brake assist, and tire-pressure monitors.
Blessed with a heavenly voice
Many customization options
Big, wide, and heavy
Poor infotainment graphics
Base Price Range: $129,500–$146,400
TRIM LEVELS: Sport, Convertible, Sport Convertible, MC
BODY STYLES: Coupe, convertible, 4-passenger
ENGINE: 4.7L V-8, 444/454 hp, 376/384 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: N/A
CARGO SPACE: 9.2 cu ft