Seeing the GranTurismo Sport in the flesh will get your heart racing. Thanks to its balanced and seductive design, its parent car, the GranTurismo, has been universally acclaimed as one of the most stylish coupés of all time. The Maserati Style Centre has now fine-tuned a few of its details to produce an even more elegant sporty personality that will delight enthusiasts.
The nose is the first part of the car to grab the attention: either side of the traditional Maserati oval radiator grille are two innovative large air intakes which not only improve the air flow and the cooling of the front brakes, but also act as a stylistic junction between the central grille and the new light assemblies. There is also a new aerodynamic splitter lower down in the centre.
On the sides of the car, the pronounced miniskirts are available in black on request and emphasise the exceptionally dynamic lines while also playing an important aerodynamic role. The outcome of a specific wind-tunnel design project, they have the crucial task of conveying the flow of air to the rear wheels in the most efficient manner possible: an example of form serving function.
At the rear of the car, a number of details make the car instantly recognisable: first to catch the eye is the newly-designed tail light assembly with a special burnished finish which accentuates the effect of the 96 LEDs, while the oval exhaust tailpipes are black as per the standard Shadow Line trim. The Chrome Line option, with its wealth of elegant chrome-plated finishes, is available on request.
The rhythm, force and movement of the GranTurismo Sport are exalted by the innovative metallescent Blu Sofisticato finish, a colour which makes the bodywork even more alluring. Last but not least, the large 20-inch Astro Design rims offer a good view of the Brembo brake calipers, also available in the absolutely original Blu Opaco Anodizzato (anodised matt blue) finish which once again highlights the car’s sporty personality.
Comfortable, luxurious, sporty: these are the sensations immediately conveyed by the interior of the GranTurismo Sport. The interior boasts exquisite materials, expert craftsmanship and obsessive attention to detail in a new form that combines perfectly with the closely-studied ergonomics. The objective is to prioritise the desire for a sporty drive while ensuring unbeatable comfort and spaciousness.
The newly-designed front seats with integrated headrest guarantee greater comfort and better support when cornering. A new bezel underneath the headrest adds an extra sporty touch. In combination with the leather, the central part of the seat and back can be upholstered in perforated Alcantara® (standard on the version with MC Shift electro-actuated gearbox).
When you place your hands on the new steering wheel you will notice its flattened rim, the longer Trofeo Design gear shift paddles and the new, more distinctively profiled grip. All these features make it more comfortable but are also tailored to the needs of a sporty driving style.
Another very important feature for those who appreciate a more sporty interior is the lightweight pedal board in perforated aluminium, which provides a direct link between the driver’s instinct and skill and the car’s response. The instrument panel is highly legible in all lighting conditions and, with its digital rpm counter, clearly displays exactly the right time for gear shifts.
The GranTurismo Sport 4.7L V8 engine stands out for its silent running, performance and reliability. An engine that inherits the mechanical sophistication which has always been a Maserati hallmark, united with numerous innovative solutions such as the special DLC (Diamond-Like Coating) finish used for the tappets and camshaft lobes, an innovation that significantly reduces friction.
The engine’s 460 horsepower changes personality to match the situation: from the discreet purr of urban driving to the powerful thrilling roar of sporty driving on the open road. The choice is in the driver’s hands.
Verdict: This car is in a class of its own when you get out on to the open road. Straight away you totally feel at one with the car as it is feels incredibly light and nimble. Every turn in is precise giving confidence to stretch it’s legs. Another thing I love about the GT is the glorious sound it produces. Overall and without any doubt, this car is driving perfection. In only the second time from all my road tests I’ve given a 5 star plus rating.
Road Tested by: Adam McCartney
With thanks to: JCT600 Brooklands Leeds
Model tested Maserati GranTurismo Sport
Power 460 bhp
Top Speed 186 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph) 4.7 Seconds
Engine 4.7 Litre V8 petrol
Price from £91,420.00