Maserati has been plenty busy readying both the new Ghibli sedan and the redesigned Quattroporte, so it is an understandably quiet year for the 2014 Maserati GranTurismo. The sexy coupe and convertible see detail changes only. The MC coupe gets a new, carbon-fiber hood (which can be painted body color or left with its material exposed). There are also new 20-inch wheels, new paint colors, and some trim changes...more
While Maserati chases volume with the new Ghibli sedan and the redesigned Quattroporte, the 2014 Maserati GranTurismo coupe and convertible must uphold the automaker's image as a maker of lust-worthy Italian near-exotics. These are the cars in which Maserati's close kinship with Ferrari is most evident. Their Ferrari-assembled, 4.7-liter V-8 delivers scintillating performance that makes these sexy two-plus-twos more than mere high-style boulevardiers.
With its smoldering curves, intoxicating soundtrack, and leather-lined cabin, the 2014 Maserati GranTurismo does not disappoint those seeking a sporting, comfortable two-plus-two with a flair for the exotic. The 2014 Maserati GranTurismo doesn't just look, sound, and smell great, however. This is a highly rewarding driving machine, one that is far more tactile than the similarly flashy offerings from the better-known European luxury makes.
It starts with a wonderful 4.7-liter V-8, which is assembled for Maserati at a Ferrari facility in Maranello, Italy. Its output of 444 hp (in the base convertible) or 454 hp (in all other GranTurismo models) may be easily exceeded by many competitors' turbocharged engines, but the Maserati's beautifully precise, linear throttle response is a joy, and the sound is the best you'll hear this side of a Ferrari. And the speed is there, too: 0-to-60-mph times range from 5.1 seconds down to 4.7, while the GranTurismo tops out at between 177 and 185 mph, depending on the model.
Speaking of models, it's best not to get too hung up on the differences among the GranTurismo versions, since they're all pretty similar. The convertible is offered in three trim levels: base, Sport, and MC; the coupe comes in just two: Sport and MC. Aside from additional standard equipment, the biggest functional changes are to the MC, which gets a two-stage sport exhaust and a firmer suspension. The Sport and standard GranTurismo have Maserati's Skyhook adaptive suspension, but each is optional on the other. The Skyhook chassis is arguably preferable, with a more forgiving ride but still plenty of athleticism, which perfectly complements the communicative steering and the strong brakes. Whatever the version, the GranTurismo is one seductive machine.
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