KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz
- Updated Date: 3/21/2014
The 2014 Maserati GranTurismo is a unique take on the Italian exotic-car formula. With a name that's automotive couture, a leather-lined interior, and a shape that could only come from Italy, the Maserati GranTurismo brings the visual appeal. Add a Ferrari-inspired V8 engine and quick-shifting transmission, plus programmable suspension and transmission modes, and you have a car that can back up its curbside appeal. Less expensive than an Aston Martin DB9 or Bentley Continental, but a bit more than a Jaguar XKR or Porsche 911, it has a personality quite different from any of them. This year is mostly the same as last, with two coupe models (Sport and MC), and three Convertibles (base, Sport and MC) to choose from.
You'll Like This Car If...
The Maserati GranTurismo is for those looking for a uniquely Italian alternative to cars like the Audi R8, Jaguar XKR and Porsche 911. Driven by emotion, and a powerful V8, it's a perfect companion for the open road.
You May Not Like This Car If...
One does not buy a Maserati GranTurismo because it tops J.D. Power quality charts, or because of some practical consideration. There's no spreadsheet, no objective decision tree that has "Maserati GranTurismo" at the end. If you follow your head rather than your heart, look elsewhere.
What's New for 2014
Maserati is not a large company, and it has focused its efforts on the upcoming 2015 Maserati Ghibli sedan. As such, the GranTurismo is essentially the same car this year as it was last year.
The 2014 Maserati GranTurismo will make you feel marvelous behind the wheel, and help you look marvelous as well. The chassis balances weight almost perfectly between the front and rear, essential for good handling. The suspension is tuned two different ways. In the Sport Coupe, Convertible and Sport Convertible, you get an electronically controlled suspension system called Skyhook, which continuously adjusts damping to maintain optimum handling control and ride comfort. The racier MC Coupe and MC Convertible use a suspension with fixed-rate shocks, but lower and stiffer springs, and thicker anti-roll bars. Steering in all models feels direct and positive, and the race-bred Brembo brakes (6-piston in front) erase speed with confidence. The 454-horsepower (444 in the base Convertible model) 4-cam, 32-valve V8 provides plenty of thrust. But as sharp and responsive as it is, the GranTurismo always maintains a sense of grace, polish, and refinement.
THE SPORT BUTTON
While it seems superfluous to add a "Sport" button to something like the 2014 Maserati GranTurismo, one push and the exhaust sings more intensely, shifts quicken, and the Skyhook adjustable-damping suspension delivers a firmer ride and sharper handling.
We love the long, racing-style shift paddles for the 2014 GranTurismo's 6-speed automatic transmission. They embody the same artistic flair and bold design as the rest of the car, with light-alloy construction and a tactile shift control enhancing the driving experience.
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