Traffic-stopping design; new interior design; the ultimate in automotive performance and style
The 2010 Maserati GranTurismo is a very exclusive grand touring coupe that promises to be comfortable and luxurious while also providing impressive performance. Two trims are available: the base trim and the more popular S trim. The S trim is powered by a Ferrari-derived, 440-horsepower, 4.7L aluminum V8, while the base GranTurismo comes with a 4.2L engine rated at 405 horsepower. All trims are rear-wheel-drive. New this year is a convertible model, which adds an open top to the S trim.
A dual-clutch automatic manual transmission, adapted from Maserati's exotic MC-12 mid-engine racer, is fitted to both the base and the S models. Dubbed MC-shift, the transmission is a revised version of the DuoSelect box that's offered on the Maserati Quattroporte sedan. Maserati claims shifting gears takes only 100 milliseconds. The S Automatic version adds a ZF-sourced self-adapting automatic gearbox, which still maintains lightning-quick shifts, while being easier to handle when driven calmly. It features four function modes: Auto Normal, Auto Sport, Auto ICE and Manual.
Maserati says that the GranTurismo can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 183 mph. There's impressive braking to match, provided by big Brembo hardware, as well as sticky Pirelli P Zero Rosso rubber to supply plenty of grip to take advantage of the near-perfect weight distribution.
An optional electronically controlled suspension system Maserati calls Skyhook aims to strike the balance between comfort and performance in the GranTurismo, adjusting firmness depending on driving style and road conditions. Engaging a "Sport" mode for the suspension also allows for a more aggressive shift logic for the transmission.
Standard features include a navigation system, corner-illuminating xenon headlamps, Bose surround-sound system, a 30-gigabyte music server, Bluetooth and iPod inter-connectivity. Anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are also standard.
The GranTurismo's interior allows for countless combinations of interior and exterior color and trims. Three interior exotic wood finishes are available, and Maserati offers a broad spectrum of exterior color options.
For 2010, the GranTurismo returns with few changes. More aggressively flared rocker panels and new 20-inch cast aluminum wheels have been fitted, and new interior metal and wood finishes have been added alongside a host of new leather color choices. A new GranTurismo convertible model has been introduced, which is the company's first true 4-seat cabriolet. It features the same 4.7L V8 engine found in the S trim.
As it comes in a vast number of combinations for exterior color, interior color, trim and other accessories, the new GranTurismo promises more exclusivity than rivals like the BMW 6-series and the Jaguar XKR. The 2010 GranTurismo rides on a 115.9-inch wheelbase and is 192.3 inches in overall length. The GranTurismo's attractive shape was created by the Italian design house of Pininfarina and comes with a full back seat. Combined mileage is 15 mpg.
Vehicle Price: 140,200.00
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