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Maserati is aiming to extend the life of its ageing coupé with new tech, some design tweaks and a rationalised engine range

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Maserati GranTurismo

The Maserati GranTurismo has underlying brilliance, marred by frustrating niggles. But it’s the first Maser for an age that you don’t need excuses to buy.

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    Maserati Granturismo MC 2017 review

    Maserati is aiming to extend the life of its ageing coupé with new tech, some design tweaks and a rationalised engine range
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    Maserati GranTurismo Sport

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14 July 2017

What is it?

Maserati’s ageing coupé has been given a final facelift in an effort to keep it relevant until its long-awaited replacement finally arrives.

In truth, it’s a range rationalisation as much as a refresh, with Maserati dropping both the entry-level 4.2-litre engine and the option of the single-clutch automated gearbox previously offered on the hardcore MC Stradale. All versions will now use the brawnier 454bhp 4.7-litre V8 and a six-speed ZF torque converter auto. Other changes include redesigned front and rear bumpers, improved equipment and the introduction of the Levante’s touchscreen infotainment system, replacing the previous stone-age sat-nav.

Two versions will be available: the Granturismo Sport, costing £93,145, and the more focused MC, which weighs in at a serious £108,780.

What's it like?

While ‘off the pace’ is hardly a suitable term to apply to a car capable of getting to 62mph in just 4.7sec, the Granturismo is definitely feeling its age when compared with more obvious rivals. There is still a huge amount to like about it, especially its snarling Ferrari-built V8 engine, but much of what normally comes as standard in this rarefied segment is conspicuously lacking. There are no active safety features or radar cruise control – not even keyless start, the Granturismo fired into life with what looks suspiciously like a rebranded late 1990s Alfa Romeo key.

While the details are lacking, the fundamentals remain compelling. The naturally aspirated V8 is built by Ferrari in Maranello, and although it lacks the low-rev wallop of more modern turbo motors, it delivers plenty of Italian opera. Throttle response is outstanding and the engine loves to explore the top quarter of the tacho, its sonorous soundtrack augmented by a switchable sports exhaust. While this sounds great under hard use, it also creates some droning harmonics in the cabin at cruising speeds. The MC also gets a carbonfibre bonnet and a more aggressive diffuser.

While Maserati definitely killed the right gearbox – the old automated manual lunged like an attack dog on upshifts – the six-speed auto isn’t the sharpest, with slushy reactions at low speeds and changes that feel leisurely compared with a dual-clutch automatic, or even the much more advanced ZF eight-speeder that Maserati says the next-gen coupé will use.  

Steering is similarly old-fashioned, with the hydraulic assistance passing on the sort of low-intensity feedback that electric systems filter out as unwanted noise. The rack itself is low geared, meaning lots of arm twirling in tighter corners. Grip levels are respectable, but the MC transitions to gentle understeer as its high limits approach, with the engine lacking the grunt to do much to alter the car’s inclination at anything other than low speeds or very high commitment levels. The brake pedal feels slightly inert, too, and the steel brakes will start to fade under hard road use.

Somewhat perversely, the Granturismo MC uses fixed-rate dampers while the cheaper Sport gets adaptive units, and the range-topper feels their absence. Even on smooth roads, the MC is bordering on being too firm, and we suspect it won’t cope well with the greater challenge of battle-scarred British roads. There is still a Sport button, but this only alters the throttle map and gearshift mode. The Granturismo Sport doesn’t feel quite as well lashed down at speed, but its greater pliancy suits the Granturismo’s eponymous continent-crossing dynamic mission better.

The new infotainment system works well and the intuitive touchscreen effectively negates the need for the rotary controller that still sits next to the gear selector. It sounds good, too, thanks to a standard Harmon Kardon speaker set-up. But the Granturismo’s cabin is where it feels oldest, with a slightly offset driving position and hard-to-see switchgear. Our test car also suffered from what sounded like leather-on-leather squeaking.

Should I buy one?

With the exception of ladder-frame SUVs, luxury sports cars tend to live longer than any other type of car. The Granturismo has passed its 10th anniversary, but the soon-to-retire Bentley Continental GT and Aston Martin Vantage are both as old, and the Maserati remains a hugely likeable car.

Some will still see sufficient appeal in a Pininfarina-designed four-seater with a Ferrari-built engine to justify the price. While there’s certainly no shame in lusting after one, it is really starting to feel its age and the segment contains many more rational offerings, if not necessarily more emotionally compelling ones. 

Maserati Granturismo MC

Location Italy; On sale September; Price £108,780; Engine V8, 4691cc, petrol Power 454bhp at 7000rpm Torque 384lb ft at 4750rpm; Gearbox 6-spd automatic; Kerb weight 1873kg; 0-62mph 4.7sec; Top speed 187mph; Economy 19.8mpg (combined); CO2/tax band 331g/km, 37%; Rivals Bentley Continental, Aston Martin Vantage

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14 July 2017

Still love it. In manys somewhat old fashioned, but no worse for that and it still looks lovely.

14 July 2017

It's the sort of car that encourages heart to overrule head. It's quite a big car, but well proportioned. And it's a big plus that a naturally aspirated engine is still available.

14 July 2017

It is a funny thing this. l sometimes wonder about these young scribes. When they are not driving a car, or writing about them, they must spend the rest of their time playing videogames and using all the apps their I phones or whatever they have.

It is apparantly not possible to drive a high performance beauty like f.i the Grantourismo without having all the electronic gadgets at hand. Where is the pleasure of driving a thoroughbred from your part of the world to say the Cote dÁzur? Are "videogames" a necessity? Is not the driving experience, the sound, the handling, the design what it is about? Should not all the gadgetry be forgotten about? Apparently not they ar the most important part of any evaluation. Shame on you.

But then you probably never had the chance to drive say a DB 6 through Europe or a V8 Vantage for that matter. Not to mention a classic Maserati. In that respect l pity you.

But then l am an old fart, who enjoys his -71 Maserati Indy, slightly modified, without a satnav, without a 800 watts stereo, when crisscrossing Europe enjoying the sights, the sound of a 4.7 litre V8, and the throttle slides through bends when l feel like it.

Morty

15 July 2017

"Should not all the gadgetry be forgotten about? Apparently not they ar the most important part of any evaluation. Shame on you"

I like your comment and especially that part of your comment. Gadgetry seems to have becomme a decisive aspect in many cars, just look at all the comments about the Alfa Giulia QV. Apparently a fantatstic car to drive but so many comments about the lack of this or that, or the infotainment display too small, or whatever.

The comical (tragic ?) aspect in all that is that when people now speak about technology in a car, they're not speaking about "real" technology (engine, suspension, chassis, brakes etc) but about cheap gadgets  due to become completely obsolete after 12 months.

As far as I'm concerned, this Maserati remains a highly desirable car anyway. When I see (and hear) one in the street, I can't stop looking at it until it disappears. Something I never do for a Porsche, even less if it's a disgracious Panamera.

16 July 2017

Very well said, Sir, l could not agree with you more.

Morty

15 July 2017

Ihave one of these cars,and I love it. I won't ever sell it.

maserati123

15 July 2017
I would rather see this on the road than another bloody SUV !

15 July 2017
My new SEAT Leon Cupra ST costs a third of this. Is just as fast, more comfortable or more dynamic as required and with far more modern toys onboard! People really do pay for a badge or to impress others!

 

 

 

15 July 2017

You are so right. Two years ago when I had £60K to spend on a car I could have bought so much better than a GT. Your car for example with the toys and performace would better my ageing old 62 plate GT. I could have bought a GTR which would emabarrass Ferrais and Lambos in a straight line but no, I decided on a car that is a design classic. One that makes people actually stop, look and even in my case, take photos of it. If you are into willy waving and having the best lap around the 'ring then look away. If you want a beautiful, classic Italian designed beauty of a car then maybe the GranTurismo is for you. Living with an outdated infotainment system and interior is fine with me. Once you get in and fire up that noise, well, if you don't fall for it then you have no soul.

15 July 2017

I appreciate everyone is different.   I'm the sort if person who wants an RS6 but have it debadged, normal wheels, plain paint etc just to avoid people taking pictures or attracting attention.  I love engineering, not attention. Anyway, if I was doing a European road trip I'd take 2 wheels anyway!  But I'd still enjoy hearing your car (as I go past you...;-)

 

 

 

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