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Vital Stats

Engine:
4.7L V8
Power:
453 HP / 384 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
0-60 Time:
4.8 Seconds (62 mph)
Top Speed:
185 MPH
Drivetrain:
Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
4,100 LBS
Seating:
2+2
Cargo:
9.18 CU-FT
MPG:
16.45 MPG (est.)
Italy's GT Muscle Car Gets A Deep Tissue Massage



Isn't Maserati one of those brands we're always rooting for despite the odds? It's a whole lot like Alfa Romeo in this regard; we root and root for them to turn some magic corner that will signal a huge breakthrough with buyers and trigger a sweet reconnection with a glorious past of which we are so frequently reminded.

But the return to any true and powerful worldwide Ferrari-like glory just lingers out there, seemingly always a couple of years off. That the company is owned by Fiat is mostly a blessing, but it also engenders a set of sensitive political hurdles given the awkward banter between the Trident, the Biscione (the snake in Alfa's logo) and the Prancing Horse.

And then this Sport update to one of the two models built in Maserati's Modena precincts quietly emerges, we drive it as it really ought to be driven, and it's enough to have us cheering again. How can all the world not get behind a car so sexy as the Maserati GranTurismo and command people in that price bracket to buy the damned thing? It just seems wrong – and downright un-Italian – that such coercion isn't allowed. Yet surely the ongoing Maserati situation is the result of other things not going quite right beneath its corporate skin.
2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport side view2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport front view2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport rear view

But we didn't want to think about all of that on our drive day. We wanted to drive the bells and whistles out of this 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport and have something approaching an irresponsible 1960s-style great time at the wheel. And we pretty much got it.

Now there is just this Sport model in between the base GranTurismo and the heated GranTurismo MC.

We were driving in and around Modena during the recent flurry of nasty earthquakes, too, so there was significant added drama in the air, and our thoughts go out to the locals. Our nearly 200-mile loop took us from the civilization surrounding Modena, Bologna and the straight-as-an-arrow A1 Autostrada, due south into what is a sports car wonderland of Apennine foothill driving. It is in precisely these sorts of off-the-radar areas where every great racecar driver of the 1950s and 1960s came for their truest form of over-the-road driving pleasure. All of history's great Maseratis were tested here in between exquisite coffee breaks.

This GranTurismo Sport is the model that replaces both the GranTurismo S and GranTurismo S Automatic in the lineup, so now there is just this Sport model in between the base GranTurismo and the heated GranTurismo MC. The GranTurismo Sport arrives in North American showrooms soon after the European launch in July, most likely in September for us. (It's important to get these production launches started prior to the Italian August holiday when things essentially shut down for the entire month.) That the GranTurismo Sport is now more powerful than the GranTurismo MC and quicker to 60 miles per hour in acceleration runs gives us reason to scratch our heads over the MC's higher price tag. While the more rigid 444-horsepower MC currently sits at just a few cents below $140,000, the much-improved 453-hp Sport should start at a little above $130,000.

2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport headlight2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport wheel2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport taillight2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport exhaust tip

The entire driver's zone in the cabin is close to ideal for a GT experience in a vehicle this size.

On the outside, the GranTurismo Sport adopts an approximation of the look introduced on the MC. Headlights and front airflow are the two big items addressed with full-LED daytime running lights and adaptive light control to illuminate curves with up to 15 degrees of steering angle at the wheel. And there is a new front splitter to increase aerodynamic efficiencies and guide more air to the compound metal brake discs for cooling. Other exterior touches include more pronounced side skirts and 20-percent darker tint on the taillamp lenses. This blue you see is the new color dedicated to the GT Sport, called in Italian "blu sofisticato," and the Brembo brake calipers can be ordered in the same color as well. The telltale Trident in the grille gets red highlights now, a Maserati tradition for marking its most powerful cars.

The new power front seats with integrated headrests and more sporting side bolsters are a thoroughly welcome upgrade, the previous thrones never seeming to us to be quite up to the mark. And, despite pooh-poohing comments from jaded journalists, the new flat-bottom steering wheel does help grip strategy and aids leg/knee room while dancing through the regions' hundreds of storybook curves. The entire driver's zone in the cabin is close to ideal for a GT experience in a vehicle this size. Meanwhile, rear knee room is nicely increased thanks to new concave front passenger seatbacks.

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This naturally aspirated V8 built by Ferrari is an icon of power and sound.

Regarding the existing 4.7-liter V8 engine now milked for 453 hp and 384 pound-feet of torque peaking at 4,750 rpm (increases of 20 and 22 units of measure, respectively), this widely shared multi-point injected engine has reached its peak and is wonderful throughout. This, despite teetering on the edge of being replaced by an all-new direct-injection turbocharged V8 beginning in all new Maserati models starting as early as mid-2013 with the new Quattroporte.

But this will not be a good-riddance goodbye; this naturally aspirated V8 built by Ferrari and employed by Maserati and in Alfa's 8C Competizione is an icon of power and sound. We will miss the Sport exhaust roar engineered by the Italians in partnership with Faurecia of Germany. In this latest guise, the roar is best in Sport with gearshifts in the manual MC Auto Shift mode, and we found ourselves leaving the windows open a lot just to hear the song and the five-percent quicker gear changes that waited for our command at the 7,200-rpm redline.

2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport engine

The long carbon fiber shift paddles attached to the column remain the very best solution in the fingertip-shifting business.

Those shifts from the six-speed ZF automatic gearbox are also as good as they'll likely ever get with such a setup, though things should improve when a ZF eight-speed comes online within the next couple of years. Regardless, we ceased whining about that as we hammered harder and harder over the hills. Keeping in mind that this isn't an all-out performance Ferrari, this six-speed torque-converter-equipped box is extremely well matched to this V8. We expect more in the future from the GranTurismo calibration allowed for North Americans, but it's damned fine right now. We still remember our first drive in the GranTurismo S back in 2008, it had those perfect long carbon fiber shift paddles attached to the column. They continue on here and remain the very best solution in the fingertip-shifting business.

We once again tried the six-speed automated manual Graziano gearbox, called MC Shift, and were once again reminded why the setup was a flop in North America. As it stands, less than 30-percent of buyers in world markets opt to have their GranTurismo thus equipped. The thrill is still there at high revs or on track days, but on public roads and in daily stop-and-go, this transaxle setup is simply too full of the yips and shunts to blend smoothly with Maserati's chassis and gentleman-GT image. North America stopped getting the gearbox imported after a brief test run in 2008, and we'll have to wait and see if there is a new, more sophisticated automated manual solution in store for next-generation Maseratis.

2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport rear 3/4 view

We're looking forward to ever more inspired driving experiences in the next-generation GranTurismo.

Most important for this 4,100-pound plus GT sex bomb is its improved cornering dynamics thanks in part to a two-millimeter-thicker rear stabilizer bar that matches up with the latest generation Sport Skyhook adaptive suspension and the double wishbone structures at all four corners. We still recall the side-to-side dynamic looseness and excessive roll of the first GranTurismo units in 2007 and 2008. This new GranTurismo Sport is far beyond all of that. The uprated suspension allowed us to do exactly what we envisioned in our mind's eye through every demanding section of road, the standard 20-inch Pirelli P Zero treads sitting pretty all day long, hooking up as required.

We still root hard for Maser, and our latest driving chapter has helped a lot. Now that they've made the absolute best of what they have been handed by the mother company, we're looking forward to ever more inspired driving experiences in the next-generation GranTurismo. News of Fiat wanting upwards of 50,000 Maseratis sales per year by the start of 2016, plus the inclusion of an Alfa 4C-sharing Maserati with new Ferrari-built biturbo V6, is enough to get our hopes up. Much of that volume figures to be the new Kubang crossover model, but hopefully that will generate fat profits to pump back into Maserati's slinkier sports cars. After all, the Trident marque's storied history – and today's luxury buyer – demands nothing less.


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      high.speed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Apennine foothill driving, on one of the hottest cars.I envy you.
      Wyrmdog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maserati...she haunts my dreams but doesn't even know I'm alive. *sits down in Civic Coupe...sighs in resignation...pretends it's a sportscar and drives like he stole it..forgets about Maserati for 20 minutes*
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a nice shade of blue.
      Nowuries
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can anyone at AB tell me how, with one of the best sounding cars on the market, you did not provide a video of at least the exhaust noise?! Cruelty, for sure.... come on AB!
      Reli Dtm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the way this car looks.. but I mean an s5 is so similar to this in specs and better mpg.. I guess if you want a "italian daily driver" this is the market they are going for.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Reli Dtm
        S5 doesn't have the V8 anymore. Audi dun took it away in favor of the 3.0L supercharged V6.
        Mondrell
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Reli Dtm
        This market ifor $100,000+ sports cars and GTs is arguably one of the least logic-driven, though some would definitely be drawn to the RS5's all-season capability.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Reli Dtm
        More like RS5.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a beauty, keep it up Maserati!
      teamf1jr
      • 2 Years Ago
      The MC is a one year, 2012 model only, so thats why the 2013 model has more power. There will be no MC model anymore.
      hoodyguy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great story. I come up to a stop light in back of a brand new Maserati. A guy in a 1980s maroon BMW (dirty, looked pretty ragged) comes up to the side of the Maserati. Here's where it gets great. The three lanes of traffic at the light, merge up a few hundred feet, to become one, so drivers like to race each other to be first in line. I said to myself... i think... but i may be wrong, "is this guy in this old BMW going to attempt to overtake a Maserati?". You bet your ***, he tried...he failed. Funny stuff.
      cashfreezy
      • 2 Years Ago
      "we root and root for them to turn some magic corner that will signal a huge breakthrough with buyers and trigger a sweet reconnection with a glorious past of which we are so frequently reminded." So they're turning a corner, the corner is magic, and then there's a signal, a breakthrough, a trigger, and a connection? I hope you won a bet with Thomas Friedman for jamming the most metaphors in one sentence.
      Johnny Ng
      • 2 Years Ago
      The design is nice but I don't trust the reliability. For this kind of money I'd rather buy an FT-86 which is going to be reliable and provide more driving fun and it can drift.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Completely. Different. Cars.
        Leo Gonzales
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        because that's a sound comparison to make.
        Cadillacftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        So sick of all these Autoblog trolls that have no clue what they are saying. Seems like they are drugged or forced to post this crap under their will. I can't visit this site one day, with out reading that the Acura TL, Infiniti G, or the Lexus ES is a better buy. Hey Johnny, let me tell you now; no ones gives a crap what you think is better. Get the hell out of here you troll.
          Cadillacftw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cadillacftw
          against their will* I wish this site had a edit button, I am too used to them.
        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Yea.... just like the Lexus
          libertedelacroix
          • 2 Years Ago
          @libertedelacroix
          **Lexus ES you said was better than an Aston Martin. Go die Johnny.
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Johnny, do you mean the Toyota Ft-86 for $25K? Or maybe you mean a Nissan GT-R? Apples to apples, what car is $130K better spent on? I think it's just unclear. You really can't compare a car that has the type of passion and thought in it, like a maserati, to a $25K toyota - which while well thought out, is in a completely different bucket.
          Johnny Ng
          • 2 Years Ago
          @telm12345
          What I meant was I'll take a RELIABLE FT-86 over this Maserati, which is overpriced and prone to failure both mechanical and electrical - constantly.
        vince
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        So your saying you would pay $130k for a GT-86?
          Justin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @vince
          And there's a reason for that
          vince
          • 2 Years Ago
          @vince
          I know, that's why it seems so strange that you want to pay Maserati money for an FT-86...
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      And the wheels are still too small, the track is too narrow, the body (especially the quarters) still too large, or a combination of all of the above. And unless you've seen this car in person, don't even leave a response. Every single one I've seen with factory wheels on them look like a fat woman with skinny legs. In fact, just look at some of the photos in THIS post and pay attention to how the body is bloated over the wheels and just how LARGE the gap of the wheel openings is. I'm sure I'll get downvoted for this post, but I can't help but notice it EVERY SINGLE TIME I see one on the road.
        Hiddenlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        I agree that the wheels are tucked in a bit to much. I lowered my 2012 Gran Turismo MC 1 inch in the front and rear. Also installed spacers to push the wheels out 20mm front 25mm rear. If you would see the car after these simple mods you would be amazed how it looks.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Well, I do agree that this car, while a "GT", is still needlessly large for a 2-door coupe. Kind of like the new Challenger. It just looks laughably large next to other cars. There's a light brown one around here (GranTurismo), and while I do think it's an attractive car, it's just too big for a coupe.
        Alan Ochoa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        You are right... I noticed this with them to, Although the body, shape and sound (oh that sound) is quite stunning. It does fall short when it comes to the wheel fitment and the gap. But some slightly bigger (21") wheels and KW V3 Coilovers (or if you have the coin novitec address it quite well)
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Italians have an eye for beauty.
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