Maserati GranTurismo Convertible 2018 Review

Versus the competition
The GranTurismo is ready for its update, as almost all competitors have shifted to turbocharged engines, transmissions with more gears, electronically adaptive suspensions and advanced connectivity options. The GranTurismo instead banks on its looks, heritage and ongoing cachet, of which it has plenty.
The Body of a Supermodel
Despite being an older design, the GranTurismo still turns plenty of heads. Two things immediately strike observers about this car: its dramatically pointy snoot and its copious overall length. The hood is remarkably low because this is actually a mid-engine car — while the engine is in front of the cockpit, it's located entirely behind the front axle line. This affects the car's weight distribution and handling, but also allows designers to give it a long, low look and to provide a pair of seats behind the front occupants that are actually able to carry real-sized humans.
The Heart of a Prancing Horse
Pop the hood and marvel at the naturally aspirated V-8 engine, nestled way far back in the engine bay. That's a Ferrari-derived-and-assembled 4.7-liter V-8 making 454 horsepower, which it delivers to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission. If this seems like a slightly outdated powertrain in these days of 10-speed transmissions and small, twin-turbocharged V-6 and V-8 motors, that's because it is. Maserati itself offers a 550-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 in the much newer Ghibli sedan and Levante SUV. But just because the GranTurismo's engine is older doesn't mean it isn't still a sweetheart of an engine. The song this Ferrari V-8 sings is one of the most melodious tunes you're likely to hear emanate from some tailpipes, but you get to hear it only under certain conditions.
The Interior of a 1990s Fiat
OK, that subhead might be a bit harsh. While the GranTurismo's interior is decidedly dated, it's still covered in sumptuous, quilted leather and screwed together with a palpable precision. Seat yourself in the spacious, comfortable bucket sport seats, and you're treated to black leather with red stitching, carbon fiber trim, big, easily legible gauges and a quality feel to all of it.

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