If you’re in the market for a big Italian GT, it’s hard to find better than the 2011 Maserati GranTurismo and its equally gorgeous GranTurismo Convertible sibling. Penned by the legendary designers at Pininfarina, the GranTurismo has Italian flare and panache that its British and German rivals just can’t match and the only other Italians this hot will cost you more than double what the Maseratis do.
At a starting price of $118,900, we think the GranTurismo is a steal and well worth a look at. Key competitors include the Jaguar XK, Aston Martin Vantage, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and BMW 6-Series.
There are few changes to the car for 2011 but when it already looks this great why should there be.
The base model comes with a Ferrari-derived (read powerful and sonorous) 4.2-liter V-8 engine with 405 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Opt for the GranTurismo S model, however, and you get a 4.7-liter version of this engine complete with 433 horsepower and 490 pound-feet.
The extra oomph in the GranTurismo S means the car accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, 0.6 seconds quicker than the regular model. Top speeds are 177 mph and 183 mph, respectively.
The GranTurismo Convertible models are a few tenths of a second off the pace of their corresponding hard-top siblings, due to the extra weight they carry necessitated by chassis strengthening required when lopping off their roofs. A ZF six-speed manual comes standard across the range.
Stopping power comes from brawny Brembo brakes, and these work together with Maserati’s latest version of its trademark Skyhook suspension system, in this case an air suspension setup that allows the driver to switch between “Normal” and “Sport” modes depending on how comfortable they want the ride to be. The steering is quick but can have vagueness to it when it comes to fast corners.
While its performance may not match that of its Italian cousins at Ferrari, the interior of the Maserati GranTurismo is a place of sheer luxury. This is an intimate place, with narrow footweels and just as narrow seats, but the feeling is one of comfort rather than one that would cause claustrophobia. Note, despite there being four-seats in the car, the rear two are only suitable for small children.
One other note; if you’re looking for even more performance, two new models with more power and torque are being introduced for the 2012 model year--the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC
and 2012 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport
For a detailed look at the styling, performance, quality and safety of the 2011 Maserati GranTurismo and GranTurismo Convertible, check out TheCarConnection’s full review
of the virtually identical 2010 model.