Review

Maserati GranTurismo coupe

Price  £82,280 - £110,135

Maserati GranTurismo coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Refined and superb to drive
  • Stunning looks
  • Room for four
Cons
  • Limited luggage space
  • Fidgety ride on bumpy roads
  • Expensive to own and run

At a glance

The greenest
4.2 V8 GranTurismo 2dr £82,280
The cheapest
4.2 V8 GranTurismo 2dr £82,280
The fastest
4.7 V8 GranTurismo MC Stradale 2dr £110,135
Top of the range
4.7 V8 GranTurismo MC Stradale 2dr £110,135

"The Maserati GranTurismo is much more stylish than any German rival."

The Maserati GranTurismo has got to be one of the best-looking cars on sale today thanks to its wide and low stance, gaping front grille, bulging wheelarches and kicked-up tail. It's not just built to look good though; the GranTurismo should make an excellent long-distance companion – if you can afford to fuel it – thanks to its powerful engine and useful rear seats. The Maserati competes with cars such as the Jaguar XK, BMW 6 Series and Porsche 911.

There are only two engines to choose from – a 4.7-litre V8 and a 4.2-litre V8. No matter which model you go for, the Maserati is very quick, with even the slowest model completing the 0-60mph dash in just 5.2 seconds.

Buyers can choose between three models. The GranTurismo is the entry level car and gets the smaller V8 engine, while the GranTurismo Sport gets the larger 4.7-litre V8. The GranTurismo MC Stradale is the stripped-out racer of the range, and the quickest model of all.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2.0 / 5

The GranTurismo drinks a tank of fuel every 370 miles

The 4.2-litre engine is the most economical in the range, but in the context of V8 sports cars that doesn’t mean much. Officially it should get 19.8mpg, while emissions of 330g/km of CO2 mean that road tax will cost £500 every year. The bigger engine, meanwhile, returns up to 18.2mpg and emissions that mean it pays the top bracket of road tax at £500 annually too. All Maserati GranTurismos are also extremely expensive to insure.

Engines, drive & performance

3.0 / 5

The MC Stradale model is the fastest

Fastest of all the Maserati GranTurismos is the MC Stradale, a significant 110kg lighter than the rest of the range thanks to carbon fibre seats, hi-tech wheels and brakes and other weight-saving techniques. The weigh loss means the Stradale can get from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds and is the most focussed car of the range, but is less comfortable as a result.

The MC is also the most fun-to-drive model thanks to its stiffer suspension that cuts out body lean. It also gets a quick-shifting gearbox that makes the car feel even quicker, while its powerful ceramic brakes always feel up to the job of stopping the car.

The entry level model is easier to use every day and still quick, with a 0-60mph time of 5.2 seconds, while the Sport model gets from 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds, and also has a button to make the car’s exhaust even louder. The Sport can be specced with an automated manual gearbox, but its changes are a bit clunky so we wouldn’t recommend it.

Interior & comfort

2.5 / 5

Skyhook adaptive dampers are worth having

Get inside the Maserati and you’ll be greeted by the kind of luxurious interior that you would expect of an £80,000 plus sports car, with plenty of high-quality leather on show. We would also recommend speccing the optional Skyhook adaptive suspension that allows the Maserati to offer a comfortable ride and excellent high-speed cornering.

The Stradale model has less sound deadening to save weight, but it does mean the car can get a bit noisy on a long journey and we would recommend giving it a thorough test drive before deciding if it is right for you.

Practicality & boot space

2.5 / 5

Spacious rear seats can easily accomodate adults

You wouldn’t expect the GranTurismo to be the most practical model ever built, but it does have a useful pair of rear seats that should be big enough for children or for useful extra storage space. Although the dashboard is stylish to look at, it lacks the clear layout of cars such as the Mercedes SL or the Porsche 911. The 260-litre boot is also quite small when you consider the Mercedes can offer a total of 504 litres of luggage capacity.

Reliability & safety

2.5 / 5

The GranTurismo is well made

The Maserati GranTurismo is too niche to feature in our 2014 Driver Power survey, although we have heard of very few major problems reported. With expensive sports cars such as the Maserati it pays to keep the car’s services up to date, and a fully stamped service book will also add value to the car when it comes to selling it.

Rarity means the Maserati has also not been tested for safety by Euro NCAP, but it does get six airbags, traction control, electronic stability control, and hugely powerful brakes that give it excellent stopping power.

Price, value for money & options

2.0 / 5

All models are well equipped, but expensive

The Maserati has more cabin space than most cars of its type, which makes it an interesting alternative to more mainstream models from Mercedes and BMW. Standard equipment levels are good and the GranTurismo comes as standard with climate control, cruise control, sat-nav, a Bluetooth phone connection and leather seats. Optional extras, meanwhile, include metallic paint and larger wheels, but they are very expensive and it is easy to add thousands to the price of the car if you’re not careful.

What the others say

3.9 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4.0 / 5
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.
3.0 / 5
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,
16.0 / 5
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
4.5 / 5
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.
Last updated 
2 Jun 2014

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