How is the Maserati Gran Turismo still alive?
It's 2018, and 2019 is coming in a mere two month's time. Which means the Maserati Gran Turismo might be 12 years old very soon. Can you believe it's been nearly 12 years since we saw the Gran Turismo?
The Maserati was revealed back at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, and it was widely regarded as one of the best looking cars of the show. People even said that it was better looking than it's sister car, the Alfa Romeo 8C. Back then it had a 4.2L V8 engine developed with Ferrari, and it sounded glorious, it snores at up shifts and farts at down shifts, people think it was very good fun back then. It didn't drive that well no, the gearbox was a bit dim-witted and the handling was a bit meh, but it was a new Maserati, which got petrolheads very excitied.
Then in 2008, Maserati released the revised version of the V8. They made it slightly bigger to 4.7L, and bumped up the horsepower to 399bhp, not 400, but 399. You have to be exact with the Italians. They didn't alter the styling one bit, which means it still looks glorious.
Maserati went mad in 2011, and made the Gran Turismo a half track, half GT car, by introducing the MC Stradale. They did so by losing some weight, fitting some bucket seats in the Maserati and some safety harnesses. The exhaust was also turned up to 11 so you can hear that glorious sound. But according to Clarkson, it was complete and utterly pointless.
Then Maserati revised the powertrain again back in 2013, they upped the power to 454bhp, made the rev limit just that bit higher, from 7,200 to 7,500, and made the exhaust as loud as possible. They even stiffened up the suspension, and added some initials that we've seen before - MC.
They basically stuck with the same car ever since. Maserati has since produced many new cars, the Quattroporte got a new look, the Ghibli name got revived from the history books, and then there was the Levante SUV, which is built solely to put Maserati on the map again.
But Maserati still hasn't done anything to the pretty two-door coupe. Yes it's still pretty on the outside, but there are far better looking cars on the market for far less. The Lexus LC500 for example, is another GT car just like the Maserati. It's got a smoother drivetrain, better engine and a much more striking look.
The interior of the Maserati still remains very last decade too, you can still see the analogue gauges which is very out-of-date in the modern days. You can still see a gear lever, which is a novelty nowadays, and a screen that's a bit too old. The steering wheel is still the same shape as in the F430, which is from 2004, and the materials used are still very old-school.
We don't really know what to say about the Maserati Gran Turismo. On one hand we know full well that it's not going to sell well, because you can basically pick one up from the second hand market which costs half as much and still drives exactly the same. But on the other hand, it's a rare old-school dying breed.
Yes it doesn't drive the best on the market, just like in 2007, but we sort of like the analogue and old feeling of the Maserati. We sort of don't want it to go, but we know well that if Maserati wants to be successful and live up to its name. The Gran Turismo and the Gran Cabrio have to go, quick.