Maserati GranTurismo coupe
Price £82,255 - £110,110
- Refined and superb to drive
- Stunning looks
- Room for four
- Limited luggage space
- Fidgety ride on bumpy roads
- Expensive to own and run
At a glance
"The Maserati GranTurismo is much more stylish than any German rival."
With prices starting at over £80,000, you'd expect the GranTurismo to deliver – and it doesn't disappoint. On the road, the coupé is a refined cruiser, but also blisteringly quick when you put your foot down. In terms of style, it's a cut above any German rival. It has real flair and a sense of drama. It's a capable driver's car, too, with well weighted steering and plenty of grip. However, it's not as polished as Jaguar's XKR. There are two engines – a standard 4.2-litre V8 and a 4.7-litre V8 found in the Sport – both deliver incredible performance. The Coupé is a big car, and offers plenty of room in the back for two adults.
MPG, running costs & CO2
The GranTurismo drinks a tank of fuel every 370 miles
The petrol V8 engine fitted in the GranTurismo is capable of 20mpg in standard form, faster S and Sport models struggle to make 19.5mpg. This thirst for fuel results in regular fuel stops and large bills even if you drive the big coupe with a gentle right foot. The price of Road Tax is also in the top bracket, equating to a bill of £460 per year. The average Maserati customer is unlikely to be put off however.
Interior & comfort
Skyhook adaptive dampers are worth having
The ride is firm but fitted with the optional Skyhook adaptive suspension, the car automatically adjusts to the road conditions and cornering speed- this makes the GT both sporty and comfortable and is a worthwhie addition. Inside, excellent seats are supportive and trimmed in top quality leather. In the back however, due to the sloping roofline, headroom is slightly compromised.
Practicality & boot space
Spacious rear seats can easily accomodate adults
The rear seats are a similar size to those found in a small family hatchback, a welcome suprise in a car with sports car handling and such stylish looks. Climbing inside past the folded front seats is quite tricky however. The dashboard design is very stylish, but lacks the clear layout found in a Porsche 911 or Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. We also think the 260-litre boot quite small for a car this size.
Reliability & safety
The GranTurismo is well made
The Maserati GranTurismo has proven to be highly reliable since it was lanuched in 2007 with very few problems reported. Build quality is also very high throughout. Inside, the cabin is fitted with six airbags whilst traction control is fitted as standard. Huge brakes provide masses of stopping power helping drivers to cut stopping distances and avoid crashes entirely.
Engines, drive & performance
The S model is the fastest
The GranTurismo is a beautiful car to drive, featuring a Ferrari-developed engine that provides a glorious soundtrack. It also copes with corners brilliantly. The precise steering and very well judged suspension make it ideal for covering long distances, the standard automatic gearbox is also effortlessly smooth. The somewhat robotic manual available on Sport models is too aggressive for most owners, despite offering six different modes. The more powerful Sport model is also quicker, capable of 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds.
Price, value for money & options
All models are well equipped, but expensive
The large price tag is very hard to ignore compared with other rivals from BMW or Mercedes but few genuine sports cars can boast this much cabin space. Standard equipment levels are high, with all models getting automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, sat-nav, Bluetooth and leather seats. Optional extras available on the entry level model include metallic paint at £564 and larger 20-inch alloy wheels at £2,400.
What the others say
Maserati's GranTurismo is without doubt one of the most beautiful offerings ever to leave the firm's factory gates. Every line and detail has been crafted out of real passion, resulting in a shape that's totally unforgettable.
It's expensive to own, and could do with a more settled ride. The 4.2 engine needs more low-down pull, while the thick pillars and narrow rear window hampers rear visibility. The boot is tiny,
Not just a hopped-up GranTurismo, the S adds a half a litre capacity and a whole heap more focus to the slightly lardy GT-centric GranTurismo. It makes the S into one of the best cars on sale today, bar none. And with the ‘Sport’ button pressed, one of the loudest
More than 60 years ago, the idea of slotting a racing car engine under the bonnet of a road-going model led Maserati to create its first GranTurismo model. The dream and the name have lived on through the years and the latest rendition - another masterpiece of design from Pininfarina - won instant acclaim when it was launched at the end of 2007.