2018 Maserati GranTurismo Review

Seven years ago, the boss Loh called Maserati and offered me a GranCabrio just out for three days in the Italian province of Emilia-Romagna at the end of my honeymoon. The 2018 Maserati GranTurismo is the most beautiful production car of the 2000s and one of the most beautiful cars of the last 10 years (not to mention the best). Maserati was especially clever enough not to play with a good thing.

Although it remains very familiar, the GranTurismo sports a number of important changes for the 2018 model year. These are more visible in the front, where the bumper has a larger hexagonal grille with a profile. Shark nose “and a chrome frame. Inspired by the Alfieri concept, this grille adds a three-dimensional effect to the dashboard, while optimizing airflow and reducing aerodynamic drag. Side vents have also been revised to improve aerodynamic efficiency, while giving the front a more threatening look. A new center divider has also been added, with a larger element on the Mc model. Overall, the new front bumper and redesigned air separator reduce aerodynamic drag from 0.33 to 0.32.

Maserati also redesigned the headlights, which now include redesigned LED daytime running lights, a grooved housing in the areas of the xenon lamp and the Maserati bas-relief inscription. In addition, the headlights of the MC version have a darker finish. The MC model also features a carbon fiber engine hood with air vents to maximize support. On the sides, there are new vertical vents in the front fenders, revised side skirts and 20-inch Trofeo Silver rims and lighter. Around the rear, there is a larger spoiler of the rear lip and redesigned diffusers for Sport and MC models. This is where the two stand out, as the Sport has oval tailpipes on the edges of the bumper, while the MC has round hoses in the center. An exterior carbon package is offered for Sport versions and MC.The exterior of the revised GranTurismo is available in 16 colors. A new three-layer color is introduced (Blu Assoluto), while four other three-layer colors are now available across the range. There is a range of 14 light alloy wheels in six models, including one forged aluminum. Finally, an exterior carbon pack is available for the Sport and MC versions, as well as the new Pirelli P Zero tires.

Revisions continue inside the cabin, starting with a more sculpted design of the passenger side dashboard. Paltrona Frau leather seats with integrated headrests remain standard, but Maserati now offers high-fashion stitching for leather and Alcantara surfaces. There’s also a revised center console with fewer buttons and a rotating dial and a new 8.4-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is the Harman Kardon Premium Sound system. For a more premium look, Maserati has added a new clock with a dual dial in a slightly forward position in the center of the dashboard. He also equipped the Grand Tourer with a new rear parking camera. Customization is possible thanks to eight interior colors available and five interior trim options, including carbon fiber, black piano and walnut wood.

Overall, the update is far from complete, but it is important enough for a slight facelift. And the new technology keeps the GranTurismo relatively cool compared to much newer competition.

The big news of the Powertrain department is that it has been busy eliminating things, rather than doing new things. It has simplified its life by eliminating the entry-level 4.2-liter V8, so the only engine in the entire lineup is the 4.7-liter four-cylinder 90-liter V8. Do not think of bolting in the Ghibli, Quattroporte, Levante or V8 twin-turbo V6 twin-turbo engine because none are available. The V8 also comes in the 453 horsepower version, no matter if you like the standard GranTurismo Sport or shell out another $ 17,745 for the $ 150,570 GranTurismo MC.

Prices should not change much with upgrades, so expect the GranTurismo to start around $ 134,000 in the United States. The GranTurismo TM is expected to sell for approximately $ 152,000 before options.

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