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2012 Maserati GranTurismo

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Maserati GranTurismo Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.7 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 433 hp @ 7000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo

  • The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo continues to impress with equal parts seductive styling, scintillating speed and sumptuous comfort.

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  • Pros

    Gorgeous inside and out; engaging to drive; luxurious and customizable interior; usable rear seats; daily-driver comfort.

  • Cons

    There are better-performing, better-equipped grand touring cars at this price; no available manual transmission.

  • What's New for 2012

    The Maserati GranTurismo Coupe model lineup has been reworked for 2012. The "Base" car and its smaller V8 have been discontinued, leaving room for the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic and new, more sharply tuned Maserati GranTurismo MC. In addition, Maserati has stopped offering the often-criticized, single-clutch automated manual transmission and will provide only the version with an automatic. Other changes this year include aerodynamic bodywork revisions and minor interior trim and option adjustments.

Full 2012 Maserati GranTurismo Review

What's New for 2012

The Maserati GranTurismo Coupe model lineup has been reworked for 2012. The "Base" car and its smaller V8 have been discontinued, leaving room for the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic and new, more sharply tuned Maserati GranTurismo MC. In addition, Maserati has stopped offering the often-criticized, single-clutch automated manual transmission and will provide only the version with an automatic. Other changes this year include aerodynamic bodywork revisions and minor interior trim and option adjustments.


Like an Olympic athlete who models in the off-season, the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo embodies both world-class dynamics and world-class elegance in ways that few cars can match. A curvaceous body, adept handling and a classic V8 engine with a seductive and sonorous exhaust note makes the GranTurismo a car for those who value passionate motoring that tantalizes all of the senses.

The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive GranTurismo has been called one of the most beautiful cars of its generation. We agree. Unlike the slightly larger, four-door Maserati Quattroporte, the fluid lines of the two-door GranTurismo are more graceful and pleasing. In addition, the GranTurismo seats four in style and sophistication. Inside the cabin, infotainment systems are up-to-date, materials are first-rate and the seats are appropriately sport-bolstered.

As the name suggests, the GranTurismo is a touring car, not an outright exotic sports car. There's certainly more than enough power and handling to get the blood racing, though the Maserati is outperformed (though not outclassed) by several competitors. As a GT car, it balances thrilling athleticism with long-distance comfort. For those who desire a driving instrument with a sharper edge, Maserati has introduced the GranTurismo MC this year, which comes with slightly more power and sportier suspension tuning.

In terms of price, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and 2012 Jaguar XKR-S represent the GT's closest competitors, and each provides higher performance. The 2012 Porsche 911 is similarly worthy of consideration. Meanwhile, the BMW 6 Series and 2012 Mercedes CL550 will save you some cash while still providing a healthy dose of luxurious comfort. But when it comes to rolling sculpture it's hard to overlook -- or forget -- the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo is a four-passenger coupe offered in two trim levels: S Automatic and MC (for Maserati Corse or racing). Convertibles are also available, and are covered in a separate review.

The base GranTurismo S Automatic comes standard with 20-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, foglights, automatic wipers, an electronically adjustable suspension, rear parking sensors (front optional), auto-dimming mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver seat memory and wood interior trim. Electronic features include a voice-activated navigation system, Bluetooth and an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, digital music storage and a USB/iPod interface.

With the exception of the front parking sensors and foglights (neither of which work with its recontoured front bumper), the more aggressive GranTurismo MC includes all of the above plus a more powerful version of the V8 engine, revised transmission shift programming, specific wheels and bodywork, a fixed-rate sport suspension, a faux-suede headliner and special interior trim details.

The GranTurismo S Automatic can be optioned with singular or grouped MC Sportline options that mimic much of the MC's standard features including the fixed-rate suspension and sporty transmission mapping. Additionally, both the S Automatic and MC can be ordered with a carbon-fiber aero kit, a giant Trident decal on the roof and a V-stripe decal on the hood, all of which pay homage to the GranTurismo Trofeo race livery.

Options for either of the GranTurismo trims continue with a choice of brake caliper finishes, different wheel designs, two-tone interiors, perforated leather seats and a seemingly endless combination of interior colors/trims with contrasting stitching and piping. Furthermore, buyers can specify any color stitching, piping and/or exterior paint they desire -- for a price, of course.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo comes standard with a 4.7-liter V8 engine. For the GranTurismo S Automatic, it's rated at 433 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque. Through friction-reduction and other engineering measures, the V8 in the GranTurismo MC produces 444 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. The only available transmission is a six-speed automatic that sends power to the rear wheels.

Maserati says the base coupe will accelerate to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 13 mpg city/21 mpg highway and 15 mpg in combined driving. The MC, thanks to its slightly higher output and launch-control program, is estimated to achieve 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. Fuel economy is unchanged.


Standard safety features for the GranTurismo lineup include antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo's interior is tastefully appointed with high-quality materials. Leather graces almost every surface and can be ordered in a wide array of colors. The overall look is elegantly luxurious without appearing stodgy, and it has just a hint of high-tech influence. Controls are well-placed and simple in operation.

Front seat comfort is excellent, with well-bolstered seats and ample cushioning for long-distance comfort. Unlike other cars in this class, the GranTurismo also boasts comfortable rear seats for medium-sized adults. Unfortunately, finding luggage space for four adults will prove difficult, as the trunk can only accommodate up to 9.2 cubic feet, which is less than what's offered by some rivals.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo artfully balances a luxurious ride with sporting athleticism. The S Automatic's adaptive suspension is compliant enough to absorb most road imperfections with ease and does a remarkably good job of minimizing body roll and controlling freeway-style body motions. The GranTurismo's excellent weight distribution and communicative steering enhance agility in the corners. This is a true grand touring car -- fast, yet comfortable enough to travel long distances.

The addition of the GranTurismo MC to the lineup effectively silences critics who said the GranTurismo was too quiet or too soft. The racing arm of Maserati helped develop the suspension tuning, and it shows, as the car's sharp handling belies its proportions. The ride is definitely firmer, but remains fluid even with the large, 20-inch wheels. Pressing the Sport button on the MC opens the exhaust restrictors at all engine speeds, allows the transmission to run right up to the rev limiter without automatically upshifting and performs perfectly rev-matched downshifts.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

2012 granturismo

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Vehicle: 2011 Maserati GranTurismo

I recently owned a BMW M6 for 3 years and looked at several cars (Jag XK-RS), AMG-C63, Porsche 911) before buying the Maserati. Other cars are faster, but the GranTurismo is an exotic compared to the rest. The interior is better than the other cars I looked at, only the Jag comes close. As far as gadgets the Maserati does not provide all that the M6 did (Heads Up Display, multiple levels of tuning the suspension and gear box). The engine is the difference with this car, exhaust note and torque. The sport mode can be felt instantly in the tighter suspension and throttle response. The paint finish is higher quality than the rest, leather is also a notch above. Color combo is great too !

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Equal parts of fun and

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Vehicle: 2011 Maserati GranTurismo

I normally research a new car to death before making a purchase. All it took with this car was starting the engine one time. The exhaust note negates the need for the high end stereo, the exterior lines are sensual, and the luxurious interior is comfortable with four adults. I have owned the car for two months and it is always parked front and center by parking valets, who I have seen scuffle for the chance to drive it. This car is elegant, perfect for anyone who wants the performance of an exotic without the ego of a Ferrari or Lambo. Fair warning, it will be photographed, people will mill around it, and pretty women will smile at you. Buyer beware!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

I love my maserati

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Vehicle: 2011 Maserati GranTurismo

I drive a red maserati s automatic and love it. I also have the cadillac CTS-V wagon, which is much faster, but the maserati blows it away in style, class and fun. No car in this class can match the purrrrr of the ferrari engine and the beautiful lines of this car. Only Italians can build a car like this!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Great used buy luxury gt

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Vehicle: 2011 Maserati GranTurismo

I love this car except it is VERY SLOW and heavy and lacks the performance of similar cars like the Mercedes SL63 AMG and BMW M6. I mean come on Maserati, 0-60 in 5.1 seconds! Thats slow as can be considering my BMW M3 costs half as much and is much faster! Also, Maserati drops like a rock in value. Best bet is to buy a 1-2 year old car and save 50%! The looks and interior are superior however to BMW and Mercedes in price point however! So if you want a great cruiser and not a performance coupe, Maserati is the ticket. Otherwise, I would look at an AMG Mercedes like the CL63 AMG or SL63 AMG or maybe a Porsche 911 Turbo for same amount of money. Perhaps even an Aston Martin V12 Vantage.

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