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Reviewers are impressed with GranTurismo's naturally-aspirated eight-cylinder engine. Its power delivery and exhaust note are pure Italian bliss. Even better, the build quality, materials, fit and finish continue to impress.
Despite it being the fastest Maserati ever sold in North America, all GranTurismo variants still fall very short of their competitors when it comes to performance. The chassis are heavy and the engines underpowered in the grand scheme of things. Plus, handling at the limit is uncommunicative with an end result of delivering disappointing understeer.
The GranTurismo has been in production for five years. As it enters its silver years, Maserati has introduced two new GranTurismo models for 2012. The first is the high-performance GranTurismo MC Stradale — the fastest production Maserati available in North America. The second is the GranCabrio Sport, a drop-top version of the GranTurismo S Coupe.
The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo is sold in Coupe and Convertible body styles. There are four models: GranTurismo S Automatic, GranTurismo MC, GranTurismo Convertible and GranTurismo Convertible Sport. Drop-top models feature a power-operated automatic soft top with a heated rear window.
The entry-level GranTurismo S Automatic, a closed-roof coupe, is fitted with a naturally-aspirated 4.7-liter V8 developing 433 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque. The high-performance GranTurismo MC coupe features the same engine, but tuned to develop 444 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. The convertible models mirror the same engines as their closed-roof siblings. As such, the 4.7-liter V8 in the GranTurismo Convertible produces 433 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque, while the V8 in the GranTurismo Convertible Sport yields 444 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a six-speed single-clutch automatic sending power to the rear wheels.
Maseratis arrive extremely well-equipped, with yards of Italian leather covering all soft surfaces and fine wood, aluminum or carbon fiber trim. Full power accessories, including power windows, power locks and cruise control are also standard.
The options list is primarily designed to allow well-heeled customers the ability to customize their vehicle. Accessories and options include contrasting stitching on the leather, unique badging, painted brake calipers, different wheel designs, aerodynamic kits, carbon-fiber packages and special performance software for the gearbox.
The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo Coupe at 13 mpg city, 21 mpg highway and 15 combined. The GranTurismo Convertible earns a 13/20/15 rating.
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