The Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar F-Type and Porsche 911 all belong to a club that shuns the Maserati GranTurismo as an outsider. You see, those three key sports cars all measure within an inch of one another in length – 176 to 177 inches and change – while the Maserati comes in at over 192 inches. Naturally, there's extra length between its wheels, as well.

While those extra inches would seemingly pay dividends in interior roominess and storage space, those are not exactly the most important attributes in the segment, which values proper proportions and proper driving feel over all else. All of this is why it comes as little surprise that Maserati is working on a smaller version of its two-door sports car platform when the next generation is ready in roughly three years.

According to Motor Trend and echoing rumors we've heard in the past, the smaller model will be known as the Gran Sport while a larger model will still be called GranTurismo in coupe form and GranCabrio in convertible guise. We're told, again, to expect Maserati's new 404-horsepower supercharged V6 engine as standard, while the V8 would still be a possible option.


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      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank God! I really think the Gran Turismo is a great looking car but you can tell its a big car!
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      good decision. the granturismo is freakin huge
      adam1keith1980
      • 1 Year Ago
      After seeing the two new Maserati sedans with cheap poorly integrated interior parts from a $26k Dodge Charger, I can't see anything good happening in the short term for Maserati.
      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think we can all agree that Maserati is a brand in decline. I think they need to move upmarket to compete with Aston Martin. As for the engines, they should do something more imaginative. How about replacing their current engines with Chrysler V8s? An Italian car with a honkin' American V8 has been a concept which has been done before, like the Iso Grifo and the Detomaso Panthera. They should also hire Zagato to rev up their designs, seing that current Maserati designs are rather bland. My plan: Make the new Ghibli as is, but replace the current engine range with a 5.7 Hemi with 370 hp, a 6.4 Hemi with 470 hp, and a production version of the Mopar 426 (7.0) crate engine with 550 hp. Price: $70 k to $150 k. Panamera competitor. Make a two-door GT off the same E-Evo platform as the Ghibli, with the same engine choices. Call it the Shamal. Price: $80 k to $160k. Competitors: Jaguar XK, Aston Martin Vantage, Mercedes-Benz SL. Give the new Quattroporte a styling refresh (done by Zagato) and change the engine lineup to a 6.4 Hemi with 470 hp, a Mopar 426(7.0) Hemi with 550 hp, and a Mopar 472(7.7) hemi with 650 hp. Move it upmarket to compete with the Rapide. $170 k to $250 k. Take the Alfa 4C platform. Stretch it, add a TINY backseat, put a 6.4 Hemi in it, and you have a modern-day Maserati Merak/Bora., an Audi R8 competitor. $150 k.
        Bill Burke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        No we can not agree that Maserati is a brand in decline, just the opposite. Once rarely seen, the Maserati cars are quite popular at their price point, and will soon be launching an aggressive brand expansion in close cooperation with Chrysler. The new Quattroporte is a big step forward from the present model and the new Ghibli is stunning. Add to that the Leviatan SUV with Jeep DNA and you have an strong lineup of new product which should make Maserati more common, not just here on Long Island, but everywhere in the states in affluent areas. This new approach will take direct aim at the luxury European segment with vehicles that are as good or better than the competition and will be water cooler conversation in the board rooms of corporate America like never before. A brand in decline? Oh my gosh, thanks to Chrysler, it;s the hottest luxury brand from Europe in decades.
          j - owww
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bill Burke
          anything with a JEEP DNA is scary im sorry.
      Arch
      • 1 Year Ago
      And lose badly.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      This makes a lot of sense business wise as well. Alfa will be in the Boxster, SLK, Z4 segment and Maserati takes on Porsche & Jaguar. I think this could work for them.
        muspod
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        Them is only Porsche. Jag and this Chrysler ain't gotta prayer.
          Thomas D Hilton III
          • 1 Year Ago
          @muspod
          What does Chrysler have to do with this? still If this Small "Grand Sport" is to be on the Platform for the also Small "barracuda" Chryslers Cuda could take on base-mid trim 911's
      Burninrubber
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please don't ever shove a Chrysler engine in there. Maserati Would lose al it's credit in Europe
        Bill Burke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Burninrubber
        Chrysler engines are well respected in Europe especially by Mercedes who uses a version of Chrysler's Pentastar V-6 and BMW who uses a version of Chrysler's 4 cylinder world engine. Anyone who knows history knows exotic European sports cars used Chrysler V-8 engines clearly because they were the best available anywhere, for example the Jensen for one. Get use to Chrysler assets in Maserati's and visa versa they will be swapping lots of parts as both brands use the best available parts and science. Far from an insult, any European brand would be honored with a MoPar engine under the hood, just ask Mercedes and BMW.
          j - owww
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bill Burke
          maybe thats why maserati cars break down so much because of that chrysler crap in them, maserati for life though
      adb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Er... I think what we have here is a failure to communicate... "According to Motor Trend and echoing rumors we've heard in the past, the smaller model will be known as the Gran Sport while a larger model will still be called GranTurismo in coupe form and GranCabrio in convertible guise." So the headline SHOULD read "New Maserati entry to take on Porsche 911", since it appears there will continue to be a larger GranTurismo 2+2 coupe. And, frankly, that makes sense, as the GranTurismo was never supposed to be a 911-beater--it's more like an XK, a 6 Series, or a "poor" man's DB9...
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      "I fought the law, and the....law won."
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      If by 911 fighter they mean a car that will come in under $125K then that's great. Seems like we have a 100 sport car models that are $250K+ that you never see, but little around the $100K mark. I can see Maseratti fighting the 911, but I can't see it winning. They can probably duplicate it's performance but I doubt they can duplicate it's reliability.
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the thinking and hope there is a Chrysler version off this sports car. I'd never sell my Crossfire roadster, which is small, lacks trunk room and doesn't even have a spare tire, but man is it fun to drive, especially with the top down. It was never intended for anything else other than fun driving which any buyer knows.Maserati is sharing so much with the Chrysler brand, why not a sports car spun off in the same way as the two sedans?
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