Maserati GranTurismo Review
Fri, 08/12/2011 - 20:31
Maserati, GT, Coupe, V8. Those words together can raise the heartbeat of every car enthusiast, even those who have been left a bit cold from trying the old Maser GT 3200 which was rubbish to be honest. With the introduction of the new GranTurismo, classic Maserati fans were chuffed to bits that the company has come up with a pure sportscar dressed in dinner suit. But it turned out to be a soft and relaxed Grand Tourer, dressed in dinner suit! You see that magnificently curvy body, that large grille and those aggressive wheels and you think it is a road-ripping mentalist. But this Masser is soft at heart. It is a a grown up luxurious GT car with a chassis tuned for long distance cruise rather than thrilling driving. And you know what, that is exactly how it should be! You can cover great distances in this car without even noticing as it’s so nice and comfi. It is a stylish and exquisite GT car just in tune with the time, and for the years to come. The Maserati GranTurismo is a muscular and sporty car, that can be enjoyed every day and at the same time is engaging for the driver. Its excellent handling and sportiveness makes it a point of reference in its category. The Maserati GranTurismo is built with particular attention to comfort, choice of materials and details and with enough room for four people, as only Maserati can do. But if that’s thrill you are looking for, look elsewhere. The GranTurismo comes with a a 4.2 liter V8 engine, delivering 405 HP – 440 hp in the S models – and a weight distribution of 49% at the front and 51% at the rear. It is fitted with an automatic gearbox and equipped with an adaptive control system which adjusts the gear-shifting mode to the driving style and the driving conditions. The Maserati GranTurismo S makes use of the high-performance brake system developed in collaboration with Brembo and introduced for the first time in the automotive field on the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S. The system features front brake discs made with dual-cast technology – a dual casting of cast iron and aluminium, paired with aluminium mono-bloc 6-piston brake callipers, ensuring optimised braking performance. That makes it more aggressive, without ruining it’s great qualities a long distance cruiser. Maserati could make the GranTurismo harder and faster to cope with the racing pedigree of the brand, but they made the right decision by softening it down. That’s why it’s a hot seller in Europe and North American market, with the convertible version already sold out.