Maserati GranTurismo coupe
Price £82,910 - £118,885
- Stunning looks
- Room for four adults
- Refined and superb to drive
- Limited luggage space
- Expensive to own and run
- Fidgety ride on bumpy roads
At a glance
"The Maserati GranTurismo is much more stylish than any German rival."
The Maserati GranTurismo is one of the best-looking cars on sale today thanks to its low stance, gaping front grille, bulging wheelarches and kicked-up tail. It's not just built to look good, though – the GranTurismo makes an excellent long-distance companion if you can afford the fuel bills, with a powerful engine and spacious rear seats. It competes with cars such as the Jaguar F-Type, BMW 6 Series and Porsche 911.
There are only two engines to choose from: a 4.2-litre V8 and a 4.7-litre V8. But no matter which you go for, the Maserati is very quick, with even the less powerful model doing 0-62mph in just 5.2 seconds.
Buyers can choose from three models. The GranTurismo is the entry-level car and gets the smaller of the two engines, 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
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 return 19.8mpg, while CO2 emissions of 330g/km mean road tax will cost £505 every year. The bigger engine returns up to 18.2mpg and its CO2 emissions are also in the top £505-a-year band. All Maserati GranTurismos are also extremely expensive to insure.
Engines, drive & performance
The MC Stradale model is the fastest
Fastest of all the Maserati GranTurismos is the MC Stradale, which is a significant 110kg lighter than the rest of the range thanks to carbon-fibre seats, hi-tech wheels and brakes, plus other weight-saving measures. This weight loss means the Stradale can get from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds and is the most focused car in the range, but it's less comfortable as a result.
The MC is also the most fun-to-drive model thanks to its stiffer suspension, which cuts out body lean in corners. It also gets a quick-shifting gearbox that makes the car feel even faster, while the powerful ceramic brakes always feel up to the job of stopping you safely.
The entry level model is easier to use every day and still quick, with a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds, while the Sport model gets from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds and also has a button to make its exhaust even louder. The Sport can be specified with an automated manual gearbox, but its changes are a bit clunky, so we wouldn't recommend it.
Interior & comfort
Skyhook adaptive dampers are worth having
Climb inside the Maserati and you'll be greeted by the kind of luxurious interior you'd expect of an £80,000 sports car, with plenty of high-quality leather on show. We'd also recommend choosing the optional Skyhook adaptive suspension, which allows the Maserati to offer a comfortable ride as well as excellent high-speed cornering ability.
The Stradale model has less sound deadening to save weight, but it does mean the car can get a bit noisy on long journeys and we'd recommend giving it a thorough test drive to help you decide if it's right for you.
Practicality & boot space
Spacious rear seats can easily accomodate adults
You wouldn't expect the GranTurismo to be the most practical model ever built, but its rear seats are bigger than most sports cars'. Although the dashboard is stylish to look at, it lacks the clear layout of cars such as the Mercedes SL or Porsche 911. The 260-litre boot is also quite small when you consider the Mercedes has total luggage capacity of 504 litres.
Reliability & safety
The GranTurismo is well made
The Maserati GranTurismo was too much of a niche model to feature in our Driver Power 2014 owner satsifaction survey, although we've heard of few major problems. With expensive sports cars such as the Maserati, it pays to keep up with maintenance – a fully stamped service book will add a lot of value to the car when you come to sell it.
The Maserati's rarity also means it hasn't been crash-tested 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
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 is good and the GranTurismo comes as standard with climate control, cruise control, sat nav, a Bluetooth phone connection and leather seats. Optional extras include metallic paint and larger wheels, but they're very expensive and it's easy to add thousands to the price of the car if you're not careful.