Buying Guide

2011 Maserati GranTurismo

MSRP $118,900 Base Coupe
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EPA MPG:

13 City / 20 Hwy

Horse Power:

405 @ 7100

Torque:

339 @ 4750

The Grand Turismo is one of the most iconic cars in existence. It will turn more heads that possibly even the most expensive autos in the world. Styled by master design house Pinifarina, the Grand Tursimo is arguably the most alluring grand touring car in production.

This jewel of manufacturing is available in three different trim levels: Base (though for this model, even the base model is fully appointed) S, and S automatic. The S trim add 10 percent higher damping rates to the already stiff suspension and offer a small shift in front to rear weight bias, which in S trim is now 47% front / 53% rear.

This coupe is powered by either a 4.2 liter or a 4.7 liter V-8. Both are sourced from Ferrari. The 4.2 liter puts 405 horsepower and 339 ft.- lbs. of torque through a six speed automatic transmission. The S model offers the 4.7 liter V-8 which is good for 433 Hp and 361 Ft. Lbs. of torque. The S version puts this to the ground wearing 20 inch wheels and a sport tuned suspension.

Bodystyles: Coupe, convertible
Engines: 4.2L V-8, 4.7L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 6-speed auto-clutch manual
Models: GranTurismo, S, S Automatic, Convertible

Matte paint is available in one of three existing Maserati colors. All coupes now come with darker headlight surrounds; the feature is optional on convertibles. GranTurismo S models get an aerodynamic extension in the front fascia. Otherwise, there are a number of minor trim changes in the interior, two new leather colors are available, and a wood steering wheel is offered.

In coupe and convertible bodystyle, the GranTurismo is an attractive Pininfarina-styled vehicle. Coupes with the 4.7-liter engine benefit from 20-inch wheels and all coupes have sporty, darker headlight surrounds.

The GranTurismo’s interior is very customizable, from the six dashboard colors to the new leather hues, new wood and leather steering wheel, and new Grigio Dark Chrome trim. Padouk wood trim is newly available.

Base GranTurismos have an automatic transmission with five modes to fully exploit the capabilities of the 4.2-liter V-8. Gear changes can be made up to 7200 rpm. Maserati’s Skyhook system — shock absorbers that continually adjust the damping — is optional. GranTurismo S models have a fixed-setting suspension with springs and 10 percent stiffer dampeners. A thicker rear anti-roll bar increases performance.

The GranTurismo features six airbags and a brake assist system designed to start braking before the driver does, and the convertible’s roll bars can be deployed in a scant 190 milliseconds in a rollover situation. Electronic brake force distribution, a Brembo braking system, and the Maserati Stability Program, which is designed to integrate stability and traction control, are also available.

12 mpg city/19 mpg highway

  • Powerful V-8 engines
  • Pininfarina styling
  • Customizable interior options
  • Limited dealer network
  • Fuel economy

Charming, stylish, powerful

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