Anyone looking for something semi-exotic, with a continental flair that a blazing-fast Corvette ZR1 can't deliver, should aim their substantial bank accounts directly at the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo.
Whether a base coupe, base or Sport convertible, or a race-ready MC, the GranTurismo's a gentleman's GT, with the eminently livable ride and ergonomics of a luxury car, and straight-line acceleration and handling that come very close to true exotic territory.
Styled by the Pininfarina design house, the GranTurismo exudes Italian flair in equal doses to the sheetmetal and the cabin. The low-slung nose, widely flared hips and big trident logo are rolling sensuality. The cabin's a plushly lined, finely detailed place to work, and Maserati gives choices for wood finishes, leather colors, even top colors on Convertible editions.
For the 2012 model year, Maserati's left the smaller-displacement 4.2-liter V-8 on the shelf. All GranTurismos now carry the 4.7-liter V-8, with base coupes and...
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