The Gran Turismo (Grand Tourer) is at the heart of every single Maserati. An original Italian concept more than 70 years ago, it was enticingly simple: It involved fitting a sophisticated race car engine into a luxurious, handcrafted sedan which then unleashes it for high speed and long-distance driving.
Seamlessly combining these two worlds was, of course, far from simple. Yet it is exactly what Maserati did in 1947 with the A6 1500 GT Pininfarina and some years later with the 3500GT prototype "The White Dame." Such power had never been so beautifully packaged and delivered in an autombobile, and thus opened up all kinds of new possibilities.
In 2007, Maserati launched the aptly-named GranTurismo model inspired by the grand touring concept. The latest Maserati designed by Pininfarina, it has evolved into one of the most iconic GT cars ever built. The 4-seater coupé is considered the ultimate expression of Maserati's passion, technology and craftsmanship and remains unique in the supercar segment thanks to its timeless design and comfortable 4-seat interior.
Since then, more than 37,000 GranTurismo and GranCabrio models has been produced so far.
2018 Maserati GranTurismo
In 2018, the Maserati GranTurismo receives an elegant and aerodynamically efficient restyling, refined interiors and a state-of-the art infotainment system.
The streamlined GranTurismo range comprises of two well-defined versions, the Sport and the MC. Both versions are equipped with the naturally-aspirated 4.7-litre V8 engine, hand-built by Ferrari in Maranello and capable of producing 460hp at 7,000rpm and 520Nm of peak torque at 4,750rpm. A six-speed ZF Automatic Gearbox is attached directly to the V8 powerhouse.
A new 'sharknose' hexagonal grille inspired by the Alfieri Concept, adds a three-dimensional effect to its frontal view. Together with the new, lower air ducts, the grille helps improve the airflow distribution and reduce the aerodynamic drag from 0.33 to 0.32.
In the rear, the bumper has also been redesigned with an emphasis on the natural elegance of the iconic GT coupé and cabriolet, featuring a neater design with twofold layout for the Sport and MC versions.
Performance is also improved, with the GranTurismo Sport able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 299km/h while the lighter MC version makes it to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 301km/h.
On the inside, individual Poltrona Frau® leather seats with integrated headrests offers comfortable seating for up to 4 adults. It is also available with Alcantara and leather upholstery.
A new, high resolution 8.4" capacitive touch screen and Harman Kardon Premium Sound system comes complete with the state-of-the art infotainment system, which is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions.
The redesigned central console features a user-friendly, double rotary knob, made of forged aluminium. The button cluster for the car's driving modes is also repositioned on the lower central console, next to the gearshift lever.
The Maserati GranTurismo 2018, updated to maximise the pure enjoyment, excitement and comfort of open-road touring, continues to lay claim as the one GT to conquer it all.
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