With the stunning GranTurismo, Maserati has a coupe and convertible that live up to the brand’s billing as a highly satisfying consolation prize to people who perhaps really wanted a Ferrari. This exotic Italian has smoldering curves, a leather-lined interior with the proper aroma of luxury, and an exquisite sound that comes from a Ferrari-engineered 4.7-liter V-8. For 2012, the 405-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 has been banished from the lineup, so the price of entry has increased by $4100, which is barely worth mentioning when discussing a car this exclusive. The least expensive two-door Maserati is the S Automatic coupe; the base convertible is $14,300 more. The hot new MC coupe and Sport convertible are the biggest news for 2012. Both models boast 11 extra hp, a lightning-quick automated manual transmission, a sport exhaust system, and more. The 187-mph MC coupe is the fastest Maserati you can buy but costs only $3515 more than a similarly equipped S Automatic. The $146,300 Sport convertible has most of the MC’s goodies but doesn’t offer its less forgiving fixed-rate standard suspension. American customers can’t get the roll bar, racing seats, or competition-style transmission that are offered to customers in other countries on the MC Stradale, but that’s just fine because the GranTurismo is really too big and heavy to be a true track star. It excels at being sexy, sounding amazing, and being a comfortable grand tourer for four people while also being quicker and faster than almost anything else on the street.

Drive: Rear-wheel

Trim levels: S Automatic, MC, Convertible, Sport

Body styles: Coupe, convertible, 4-passenger

Engine: 4.7L V-8, 433/444 hp, 361/376 lb-ft

Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 6-speed automated manual

Passenger volume: N/A

Cargo space: 9.2 cu ft

The base coupe and convertible (and their 4.2-liter V-8 engine) have been dropped from the Maserati lineup for 2012, so all GranTurismos now come with a 4.7-liter V-8. Two brand-new, sportier trim levels join the fray—the MC coupe and the Sport convertible, whose 4.7-liter engines are upgraded by 11 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque and yet are slightly more efficient than the 4.7-liter engine found in other GranTurismos.

Dual-stage front, front side, and side curtain air bags are standard, along with ABS, traction and stability control, a limited-slip differential, hydraulic brake assist, and tire-pressure monitors.

All: 13 mpg city/21 mpg highway

  • Incredibly good-looking
  • Blessed with a heavenly voice
  • Nearly infinite customization
  • Big, wide, and heavy
  • Poor infotainment graphics

Damn sexy, darn fast.

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