It has been ten years since Maserati first introduced the GranTurismo to the public. And to celebrate one decade, the Maserati GranTurismo and its convertible sister, that we know as the GranCabrio both get facelifted and subsequently presented at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Though many of us have already witnessed the former at the New York Stock Exchange earlier, it still is worth discussing.
The facelifted coupe does not look far from its predecessor. Noticeable upgrades can be found on the front fascia, most especially the new hexagonal grille, which was inspired from the Maserati Alfieri concept. Furthermore, the improved designs also help with aerodynamic performance, by increasing the airflow and cutting down the drag. When looking at the rear end of the car, you’ll find a rear bumper that has been redesigned.
The 2+2 will also be getting a new, 8.4-inch touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto inside the cabin. The infotainment system sits above a redesigned aluminum knobs and contains buttons that can activate climate control, driving modes, and some other similar features. Another cabin upgrade is that customers can choose between a combination of Alcantara and leather upholstery, or Poltrona Frau leather. Also notable are the premium speakers by Harman Kardon that ensure you only hear the best.
As for the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible or GranCabrio, the model will be available in two trims including: Sport and MC, both having a distinctive look. What remains the same on both models are the powertrains. They’re still equipped with the 4.7 liter V8 engine giving out 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) and 384 pound-feet (520 Newton-metres) of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The sport trim lets you sprint from 0-62 in 4.8 seconds, while the MC trim is a little bit faster at 4.7 seconds due to its lighter body.
Alongside the Maserati GranTurismo, the company also brought in a number of other vehicles the company owns including an A6 1500, which we first saw back in the 1947 Geneva Auto Show; a 3500 GT that was the first mass produced Maserati in 1957; a Ghibli SS Coupe from 1967 that was designed by top Italian grand tourer Giugiaro; and the 3200GT from 1998. These models are definitely icons of the past.
For those who are interested in either of the two Maseratis, it is best if you make an order at the Festival of Speed, as you will receive a Maserati Exclusive Edition watch from Bulgari as part of the package. The Goodwood Festival of Speed ran from June 29th to July 2nd!