2008 Maserati GranTurismo | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

has a long
history of producing high-performance GT cars. So in penning this
latest iteration, Pininfarina stylists obviously had much tradition
to draw upon. Despite Maserati relying on Ferrari for its
mechanicals, there’s no confusing the GranTurismo with any Ferrari
model. When you see the new GT in person, you’re impressed with its
immense road presence.

A wide, traditional
Maserati grille with a prominent trident badge bares its teeth like
the flared mouth of a tiger about to strike. The body is curvaceous,
yet finely drawn. The bi-xenon headlights have an angular shape, but
once you step back, they meld perfectly with the car and look like
cat’s eyes for those sharp teeth. The roof line is an especially
elegant arch that curves gracefully into a fashionably short deck.
Muscular rear haunches and a very slight forward rake underscore the
perception that the car is poised to leap forward.

To create the
GranTurismo, Maserati engineers cut the platform of the Quattroporte
sedan by about 5 inches, and then trimmed the rear overhang by nearly
3 inches. The GranTurismo measures 192.2 inches overall on a
115.8-inch wheelbase, so the car is comparable in size to a BMW 6
Series, Jaguar XK and Mercedes-Benz CL500. The GranTurismo is Italian
through and through, so there’s a palpable sensuality to the
interior that reveals itself with a choice of 10 colour options to
choose from; equally accented with a choice of either wood or
body-color trim. In fact this car is a riot of colours, as there are
19 colour options for the steering wheel, shift knob and dashboard.
There’s even a palette of optional colours for the brake rotors.

Maserati made the
GranTurismo official at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show with many elements
coming in from the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, which is also a two-door
2+2 and a grand tourer in one. The GranTurismo is exactly what
its name implies: a fast, long-legged, comfortable Grand Tourer, with
space for two, yet able to carry two full-size adults in the rear.

 

 

The engine is the same
Ferrari-sourced 4.2-litre (4244cc) unit which is used in the
Quattroporte, although up-rated to a maximum output of 405bhp. Its
optimal weight distribution (49% front and 51% rear) offers
superlative road holding and handling, along with great safety. It is
fitted with an automatic gearbox and equipped with an adaptive
control system which adjusts the gear-shifting mode to the driving
style and conditions

Maserati added the new S
version to the line-up at the Geneva Motor Show this year with a new
4.7 litre V8 producing 440bhp under its hood. Power is sent to the
rear wheels through a new electro-actuated gearbox with fast
MC-Shift. Maserati has also announced that it will add the
version of the GranTurismo sometime next year.

Technical Specifications
Engine4.2-litre V8
Power400 bhp
Torque452 Nm
TransmissionManual / Automatic


Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 595000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

 

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