The Exquisite Maserati GranTurismo: MHH International takes an admiring look.
Fortunately, those days of worrying mechanical issues are in the past and Maserati now combine that timeless elegance with dependable engineering. One such example is the latest incarnation of the GranTurismo.
Originally designed by Pininfarina for launch in 2007 the GranTurismo has evolved into one of the most iconic GT cars ever built. This four-seat coupé is rightly considered to be the ultimate expression of Maserati’s technology and craftsmanship that remains unique in the supercar segment.
The new 2018 model has an elegant and aerodynamically efficient restyling, refined interiors and a state-of-the art infotainment system. There’s two versions, the Sport and the MC. Both are powered by a naturally aspirated 4.7litre V8 engine, hand-built by Ferrari in Maranello and capable of producing 460bhp at 7,000rpm and 520Nm of peak torque at 4,750rpm. A six-speed ZF Automatic Gearbox is attached directly to the V8. Aural delights are assured as nothing, but nothing, sounds like a Ferrari V8!
The car’s new ‘shark nose’ hexagonal grille is inspired by the Alfieri concept car first shown in 2014. The Alfieri is rumoured to go into production in 2020. The grille adds a three-dimensional effect to the frontal view of the GranTurismo. Together with the new, lower air ducts, the grille helps improve the airflow distribution and reduce the aerodynamic drag from 0.33 to 0.32, Maserati say.
The rear bumper has also been redesigned with an emphasis on the natural elegance of the body style and featuring a neater design with twofold layout for both the Sport and MC versions.
The performance figures of the GranTurismo have been improved compared to the previous model year. The GranTurismo Sport accelerates from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 185mph while the lighter MC version makes it to 62mph in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed that adds a couple of miles per hour if you feel like counting at that speed.
The interior of this Italian cutie offers unparalleled comfort for four adults, thanks to the individual Poltrona Frau leather seats with integrated headrests. The iconic coupé is also available with Alcantara and leather upholstery.
For 2018, the GranTurismo features a new, high resolution 8.4” capacitive touch screen and a very fine Harman Kardon Premium Sound system. The state-of-the art infotainment system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions, while the redesigned central console accommodates a user-friendly, double rotary knob, made of forged aluminium. The button cluster for the car’s driving modes is re-positioned on the lower central console, next to the gearshift lever.
Maserati have a tradition of successful cars, each of them redefining what makes an Italian sports car in terms of design, performance, comfort, elegance and safety. Is this the best yet? Very probably.