The 2018 Maserati GranTurismo has gotten a new upgrade, and we first witnessed it at the New York Stock Exchange on June 27 as the automaker’s CEO Reid Bigland arrived to ring the closing bell. The slight upgrade that was given to the GT is the company’s way of celebrating a full decade on sale.
Looking refreshed, the car definitely came from a weekend of relaxation at the Caribbean, and not from the plastic surgeon. It came out with a new front fascia featuring the hexagonal grille, instead of the oval-shaped one from the standard model. This inspiration came from the Maserati Alfieri concept. Though it does not fit the GranTurismo that well, this benefits the car in that aerodynamic drag will be reduced from 0.33 to 0.32. More conventional ducts have replaced the standard ones, which no longer sweep underneath the splitter. Changes have also been made around the rear of the car, with a new bumper and redesigned exhaust outlets.
The GranTurismo also gets an upgrade inside the cabin technology- and design- wise. Starting with the brand-new touchscreen and 8.4-inch infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Premium speakers from Harman Kardon ensure you get only good quality music. Driving modes are now easier to access as they are now located on the central console near the gearshift. For the seats, customers can choose between a combination of Alcantara and leather upholstery, or Poltrona Frau leather.
Under the hood remains the same 4.7 liter Ferrari built V8 engine, enabling the Maserati to produce 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) and 384 pound-feet (520 Newton-metres) of torque, with a speed of 0-62 miles per hour time of 4.8 seconds - that is for the Sport trim.
The MC trim, on the other hand, is a little faster at 4.7 seconds due to it weighing less. The engine works with a six-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels. Similar to the 2013 model, the automated manual version reached 62 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds, while the full automatic did the same in 4.8 seconds.
It may not be as high-tech as its mainstream rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe, which is also cheaper. But not many cars in the market still offer the combination of traits that mark a truly desirable GT car.
Maserati has gotten rid of the entry-level GranTurismo from the range, and customers can now choose from two trims: the Sport trim of the more aggressive MC specification. Furthermore, Maserati has not yet announced a price and a UK launch date, but we’re expecting this one to cost around £90,000.