Let’s be clear about one thing: logic doesn’t dictate the purchase of a Maserati GranTurismo Coupe, any more than logic dictates the purchase of an Alexander Calder sculpture or an Andy Warhol painting. There are far more more practical grand touring coupes and convertibles on the market, including some for less money, but none are the Maserati GranTurismo or GranCabrio.
Buying one is an act of passion, with any thoughts of practicality or modesty cast aside. It’s a reward for one’s achievements in life, or perhaps just automotive sculpture that can be enjoyed nearly as much parked in one’s garage as it is on the open road, conducting a symphony of mechanical music from its Ferrari-derived 4.7-liter V-8.
If you’ve come to the conclusion that you must have a Maserati GranTurismo of your own, you’ll understand that few cars on the planet can match the sculpted lines and curves of the car. It’s shape is very feminine in form, and you are, in effect, acquiring a mistress with certain needs and wants when you purchase a Maserati.
Stunning looks aside, there’s much to like about the car, starting with the near-bespoke amount of personalization available in its refined interior. Buyers get to choose from a wide array of colors, trims and finishes, limited primarily by your patience and budget. Though optional, we strongly recommend the fitted Ferragamo luggage, ensuring that the guesswork is taken out of planning for a weekend in the Hamptons. There isn’t much luggage room, and the fitted pieces make the most of the available space; go your own route, and you’ll be able to fit a pair of weekend bags in the trunk, but not much else.
You can take along three friends, as long as they pack light, and few will complain about rear seat comfort. The GranTurismo is blessed with four adult-sized seats, not cursed by the usual coupe affliction of a rear seat for insurance purposes only. While the car comes with a Bose audio system, we doubt that owners will make much use of it.
The real music comes from the Ferrari-sourced 4.7-liter V-8, rated at a minimum of 444 horsepower in the base convertible and 454 horsepower in coupes and Convertible Sport models. The sole transmission offering is a ZF-built six-speed automatic, blessed with quick shifting and the option of rowing your own gears via steering wheel-mounted paddles. In base models, the dash from 0-60 takes but 5.2 seconds, though GranTurismo MC models can hit the mark in a mere 4.8 seconds.
Optional on the performance-focused MC, but standard throughout the rest of the GranTurismo range is the Skyhook air suspension that provides nearly unparalleled levels of comfort and handling. In fact, the Skyhook suspension puts the GranTurismo in the same class as the Jaguar XK and the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class in terms of long-distance touring comfort.
You won’t be sacrificing on technology, either, as the GranTurismo comes standard with features such as a navigation system and Bluetooth phone integration. Options abound, including a full range of interior and trim upgrades, as well as performance-enhancing parts from the MC Sport Line catalog.
For a complete look at the 2013 Maserati GranTurismo range, see our comprehensive review on The Car Connection