2018 Maserati GranTurismo

2018 Maserati GranTurismo Review

Though showing its age, the GranTurismo still delivers style and an intoxicating exhaust note.
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by Carlos Lago
Edmunds Editor

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Available as a coupe or convertible, the two-door, four-seat 2018 Maserati GranTurismo is best described as a grand touring car. It occupies the center of a Venn diagram representing both luxury and sport. Its interior boasts extended leather upholstery and other high-quality materials while its engine, a 454-horsepower non-turbocharged V8, comes from Ferrari.

The GranTurismo, however, went on sale more than 10 years ago. It's received a few updates over the years, including this year, but it still lacks the advanced safety and assistance features you'll find on competitors. A lot of its switchgear just looks old, and performance is also underwhelming.

There's certainly some emotional appeal to the GranTurismo. It looks great and its V8 sounds amazing. But we don't think that's enough to overcome this model's significant drawbacks.



What's new for 2018

The GranTurismo gains welcome standard features for 2018. They include a new 8.4-inch infotainment system with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a new 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. A rearview camera is now standard as well. Updated designs for the bumpers and interior dashboard round out the changes.

We recommend

Of the two body styles and their respective trim levels, we recommend the coupe and the base Sport. It's less expensive than the MC, and comes with all the important features you'll need. The costlier MC isn't very different when it comes to hardware, and you can spec the Sport with most of the color and trim upgrades that are standard on that model. Most importantly, the Sport comes with an adaptive suspension that provides a more compliant ride quality.



Trim levels & features

The 2018 Maserati GranTurismo is a two-door, four-seat coupe or convertible that's available in two trim levels. The base Sport is more comfort-oriented, while the MC's firmer suspension and carbon-fiber trim give it a racier feel. Each version features a 4.7-liter V8 (454 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque) and a six-speed automatic transmission. The GranTurismo is only available in rear-wheel drive.

The base Sport has 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, adaptive xenon headlights, power-folding and heated auto-dimming mirrors, and front and rear parking sensors. The interior boasts leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a rearview camera. The new 8.4-inch entertainment display offers Bluetooth, navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and satellite radio. The standard Harman Kardon stereo plays through 10 speakers.

The MC starts where the Sport leaves off. The biggest hardware change is a firmer nonadaptive suspension for sportier handling. Other upgrades include MC-specific 20-inch wheels and exterior trim, a carbon-fiber hood, and chrome exhaust tips. The interior gains a microfiber suede headliner (coupe only), aluminum pedals, and the brand's trident logo stitched into headrests.

Most features that come standard on the MC, such as the fixed suspension and carbon-fiber trim, are optional on the Sport as well. You can also opt for the softer adaptive suspension on the MC if you prefer a smoother ride. Other options include wheels, brake caliper colors and interior trim.

Though the convertible models have different interior appointments, their features are largely the same as the coupe's. Exceptions include the absence of the optional fixed suspension for the Sport and the standard carbon-fiber hood for the MC, though you can opt for the latter in a Trofeo appearance package. Convertible models come standard with an automatically deploying roll bar.



Trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any model of the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo, but we have limited experience with earlier versions. The following is our take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

Driving

Maserati claims a 0-60 mph sprint of 4.7 seconds, which is quick but not competitive compared to the acceleration of rival luxury sport coupes or convertibles. Handling is capable and enjoyable. The nonadaptive sport suspensions on MC models are stiffer at the expense of comfort.

Comfort

The adaptive suspension is compliant enough in Comfort mode to smooth bumps in the road. The stiff sport suspension on the MC trims may ruin the ride. The front seats are aggressively bolstered but well-shaped and padded for comfortable touring.

Interior

The cabin uses premium materials throughout, and the new 8.4-inch entertainment display should be easy to use. Other interior controls look and feel as if they're from the last decade, and many expected features aren't even offered. Backseat space is limited, suitable for small passengers only.

Utility

Storage space is small, both in the cabin and in the trunk. Narrow door pockets, small cupholders and a center armrest bin are all you get to hold your personal items. The coupe's trunk isn't huge at 9.2 cubic feet, but it's a decent size for this class of car.

Technology

This year's upgrade to a modern 8.4-inch entertainment display brings many benefits, including standard support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The only thing remaining absent is a suite of advanced driver aids that you'll find from competitors.

Edmunds expert review process

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