The Gran Turismo by Maserati is a four seat, 2 door coupe that is made by the Italian car company Maserati. The Gran Turismo was first launched in the year 2007. There was a cabriolet model that was added in the year 2010. The production of the Maserati Gran Turismo is set to end in the year 2014. The replacement for the Gran Turismo is not set to be released until the year 2018.
The first time the Gran Turismo was seen was at the Geneva Motor Show in the year 2007. The standard version of the 2007 model had a 4.2 liter V8 engine that was designed along with the Ferrari. The body style of 2+2 came from the Z Maserati Quattroporte V. The vehicle had a multilink rear suspension and wishbone front suspensions. The car emphasized comfort along with driver enjoyment and speed.
From 2008 through 2012, the Gran Turismo S was offered. This version was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in the year 2008. The model featured a 4.7 liter V8 engine and a 6 speed sequential automatic transmission. Standard suspension for the car was a fixed set steel damper and the option of a skyhook adaptive suspension. This version was only available in the North American market for the 2009 market year.
The Gran Turismo MC was a limited production vehicle that included a 6 point seat belt, carbon fiber shock absorbers, 11 by 18 inch wheels, rear brake disc that had 4 piston rear and 6 piston front calipers. This version was unveiled in France at the Paul Ricard circuit. It was sold from 2009 through 2010.
From 2009 through 2012, the Gran Turismo S was offered. This version had a six speed automatic transmission in the base model along with skyhook adaptive suspension. The 20 inch tires had a trident design and the vehicle was equipped with an iPod interface and Bluetooth wireless technology.
Current Gran Turismo
The current version of the Gran Turismo on the market is available in 2 trim levels. The base model offers a 4.2 liter V8 engine that has 405 horsepower and in the rear wheels it offers 339 lb. /ft. of torque. The only transmission that is available is the 6 speed automatic and the shift paddles are located on the steering wheel. The standard features of the vehicle include brembo brakes; allow tires, suspension that is electronically adjustable, adaptable bi-xenon headlights, heated front seats, automatic climate control, a Bose stereo, and a navigational system.
The S model has a 4.7 liter V8 engine that offers 433 horsepower and 361 pound/feet of torque. The standard transmission is a 6 speed automatic that provides quick shifts when aggressively driving, but is a bit jerky during drives through town. This version also offers 20 inch tires, a sport tuned suspension and sport exhaust, digital tachometer, alcantara interior trim, and styling cues that are trim specific.
On the interior is large and inviting with 4 seats. The rear seat area is proportioned in a useful way, unlike some other vehicles of this type. Some of the design touches include hand stitched leather throughout the cabin. The interior can be customized in ten color options and several shades of stitching. There are several carpeting and headliner treatments available as well.
For those who are going to spend more than $100,000 on a vehicle, expectations are quite high. The good news is that any choice in the Gran Turismo line offers good power, upscale surroundings, and responsive handling. Overall, this is a great choice for those looking for a luxury sports vehicle.