2012 Maserati GranTurismo

S RWD 2-Dr Coupe V8

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2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC Front Left Side View
Maserati, like all automakers, wants to sell more cars, but one of the advantages of being a boutique carmaker is that you can maintain close relations with your customers because there simply aren't that many of them. Since Maserati sold only 2035 cars in the U.S. last year, top-level employees actually were able to call each buyer to welcome them to the brand and solicit feedback. It's not surprising that Maserati buyers -- highly successful folks with the ability to lay down six-figure money for an Italian car-- are pretty candid on the telephone. They've tended to tell Maserati USA execs exactly what they like, what they don't like, and what they'd like to see. Clearly, these wishes make it directly back to Maserati HQ in Modena, Italy, because the product portfolio has evolved to reflect some specific American tastes, most deliberately in the new, 2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC.
2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC Front End
GranTurismo buyers asked for more responsiveness, so the base 4.2-liter coupe has been dropped to make room for the sharper MC. Motivation comes from the same 4.7-liter V-8 as the rest of the GranTurismo line, but the engine has been massaged to produce an additional 11 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque, for a total of 444 hp and 376 lb-ft. For a $3515 premium over a comparably equipped GranTurismo S Automatic, the MC adds a unique hood, fascias, side skirts, and fenders; a lighter sport exhaust and twenty-inch wheels; and exclusive interior treatments. The changes are best described as subtly aggressive and functional -- rear downforce increases 50 percent at 125 mph and front downforce increases 25 percent.
Fans of Joe Walsh and his hit song "Life's Been Good" will be happy to know that this Maserati will do 185 mph. It is, in fact, the only current production Maserati that can hit that speed. However, it would be a mistake to judge the Maserati GranTurismo MC solely on its performance in the typical metrics. Sure, a lot of cheaper cars will get you to 60 mph just as fast as the MC's estimated 4.8-second sprint, but, then again, you can buy a suit off the rack more cheaply than having one custom-tailored, and you'll still be dressed. But the cost doesn't matter when you want something different, something that fits your individual taste and needs. To that end, you can choose your own combination of paint color and interior trim through Maserati's customization program.
One of the GranTurismo's main advantages over other grand touring cars is the front-mid mounting of its engine. With the engine behind the front axle's centerline, there's not much weight hanging off the front end of the car, so the MC is very eager to turn in. Some other luxury GTs, like the Bentley Continental, have engines that are mounted forward of the front axle. All that mass at the front end of the car makes for poor weight distribution and dulls turn-in responses. Maserati doesn't improve handling or performance at the expense of occupant comfort, either. There are still four seats, each comfortable for a real adult; even the rear seats accommodate six-footers.
Hearing Maserati's V-8 engine scream on the way to its 7200-rpm redline is an experience gearheads will cherish. Selecting manual shift mode for the transmission and sport mode for the various electronic systems permanently opens the baffles in the sport exhaust system. Unfortunately, the soundtrack is best experienced outside of the car because the cabin is so well insulated from noise. When the car isn't in sport mode and the baffles are closed, the exhaust is effectively muted. The inner teenager in all of us wishes for a louder exhaust, but most GT buyers, Maserati has concluded, desire a quiet cruising speed and the baffles offer a reasonable compromise.
The American-spec MC can't be had with a roll bar, racing seats, or the F1-style single-clutch gearbox available in Europe's MC Stradale. Maserati's research has revealed that U.S. owners want to be able to enjoy their four-seat grand touring coupes on a daily basis, whereas Europeans are happy to add the racing bits because they don't commute in their GranTurismos. After 100 miles in the MC, we agree with the American customers' thinking. The GranTurismo is too big and heavy to be a track star, but its design oozes sex appeal, the exhaust note is surreal, and the car is comfortable enough to drive on a long trip, even with the nonadaptive suspension. This time, American buyers have it right -- this car needs to be enjoyed every day.
The Specs
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PRICE: $143,400
ENGINE: 4.7L V-8, 444 hp, 376 lb-ft
DRIVE: Rear-wheel
EPA MILEAGE: 13/21 mpg
2012 Maserati GranTurismo
2012 Maserati GranTurismo
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.
2013 Maserati GranCabrio MC Front Three Quarter 1
Maserati, like many other low-production sports car makers, have figured out a way to spin out as many variants of its same models over the years. Last year, the company launched the sportier MC Stradale to its GranTurismo coupe line. Predictably, it’s now launching the drop-top version, known as the GranCabrio MC.
2012 Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo Car Turning Corner
The 2012 Maserati Trofeo MC World Series is expanding into the U.S., where the new and improved 2012 GranTurismo racer will make its debut at Infineon Raceway.
Maserati GranTurismo Front Three Quarter View
Maserati set its sights high when it announced a sales goal of 50,000 units a year by 2015, and it appears the Trident could target German rivals with a mid-engine, V-8 powered sports car.
Maserati Quattroporte Front Three Quarter View
Maserati means business. The Trident has revealed a significant increase in production plans, and confirmed that three new models will debut in the next two years.
2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport Rear
With sexy Italian styling and its sweet sounding Ferrari-derived V-8, it’s no surprise that the Maserati GranTurismo is one of the most alluring grand touring coupes on the market. The Italian carmaker hopes to increase its appeal even further with more power for the 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport.

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2012 Maserati GranTurismo Specifications

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Engine
4.7L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
13 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
21 MPG
Horsepower:
440 hp @ 7600rpm
Torque:
361 ft lb of torque @ 4750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
50,000 miles / 48 months
Roadside
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
TIRES:PRESSURE MONITORING AND REGULATING SYSTEMS
Summary
Maserati is recalling certain model year 2012 Quattroporte, Granturismo, Granturismo Convertible, and Granturismo MC vehicles. The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may malfunction due to a software error, preventing the driver from being notified of a low tire pressure situation.
Consequences
If the driver continues to operate the vehicle with a tire that has low air pressure, the tire may fail, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the TPMS control unit free of charge. The recall began on October 31, 2012. Owners may contact Maserati at 1-201-816-2600.
Potential Units Affected
485
Notes
MASERATI NORTH AMERICA, INC.


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