Maserati GranTurismo Sport Review
S Express

Story and photos by Raymond Lai
9 Dec 2009
 

Maserati makes a less hardcore GranTurismo S for more relaxed types.

Grand opening

In the past, Maseratis were far from desirable to say the least. The cars they produced probably rusted faster than you can spell the name Maserati. But the brand from Modena actually has a heritage almost as strong as Ferrari’s when it comes to classic Italian sports cars and Grand Prix racing.

With the help of Ferrari, Maserati has bounced back from its rusty past in recent years. The GT and the Quattroporte previewed what was to come but the car that heralded the Trident’s comeback was the GranTurismo.

The GranTurismo, especially in S variant,  had everything on paper for the perfect GT – gorgeous looks, a luxurious interior that seats four, a sweet sounding V8 with over 440bhp and last but not least, the evocative Trident badge. Take a drive it and you’ll feel  the Maserati sporting spirit, the soul and the sense of occasion behind the wheel.

Maserati has recently introduced an automatic version of the GranTurismo S – not that there was anything much wrong with the robotized manual box in the standard S. Previously, an automatic box was only available in the 4.2-litre GranTurismo.

Outwardly, the S Automatic doesn’t have the S’ sportier but subtle details like the blacked out radiator grille and the tinted headlamps. There is also different  side sills, different 20-inch  multi-spoke alloys finished in silver. The standard S’ subtle boot lid spoiler as well as rectangular exhaust tips are also missing. The latter are replaced by quad round pipes.

The changes to the exterior are minimal to say the least for the transformation from the standard S to the more subtle Automatic. The latter somehow looks less aggressive but no less imposing than the standard GranTurismo S. After all, there’s little need to alter or enhance the evocative lines of the Pininfarina-penned GranTurismo in the first place.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 4691cc
Engine Type V 8
Power 460bhp @ 7000rpm
Torque 520Nm @ 4750rpm
Power to Weight 258.4 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 4.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 298 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 6.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR

Measurements

Body Type Coupe
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4881 x 1915 x 1353) mm
Kerb Weight 1780 kg

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs