• Ripping engine note; new gearbox is a winner; handling and composure great for a fairly heavy car
  • Fuel consumption and price are both quite high

OUR RATING
8 / 10



Maserati GranTurismo Sport Review
Maserati GranTurismo Sport Review
Maserati GranTurismo Sport Review
by Owen Mildenhall

The new Maserati GranTurismo Sport replaces the GranTurismo S – one of the best-looking coupes on the market – and sits in between the entry level GranTurismo and race-inspired GranTurismo MC Stradale.

From the outside, the raucous Maserati GranTurismo Sport is differentiated by darker alloy wheels, two exhausts instead of four and new brakes. The new front end takes its styling from the GranTurismo MC Stradale, which gives better access to engine and brake cooling.

LED running lights are also now fitted to make the GranTurismo Sport stand out from the crowd – like it had any trouble doing that without them.

Aside from a $20,000 price difference, the GranTurismo Sport also picks up an extra 36kW of power and 60Nm of torque over the GranTurismo. Powered by a 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, the GranTurismo Sport produces 338kW and 520Nm.

The added power kick reduces the 0-100km/h time from 5.2 seconds in the GranTurismo to 4.8 seconds in the GranTurismo Sport.

Two gearboxes are available. There’s the six-speed automatic MC Auto Shift or the six-speed robotised manual MC Shift gearbox. The pick of the two is the six-speed automatic MC Auto Shift as it now comes with a manual mode that includes blips on down shifts and eliminates kickdowns.

Maserati GranTurismo Sport Review
Maserati GranTurismo Sport Review

These MC Auto Shift changes allow upshifts to be far smoother with more driver control. Cruising around town is also less jittery and rough as it is in the MC Shift gearbox. Fuel consumption is rated at 14.3L/100km for the GranTurismo Sport MC Auto Shift and 15.5L/100km for the GranTurismo Sport MC Shift.

Starting from $288,800 for the GranTurismo, the GranTurismo Sport costs $308,000 with the MC Auto Shift or $345,000 for the MC Shift robotised manual gearbox. Punters after even more speed can pay $364,900 for the GranTurismo MC Stradale.

Tipping the scales at 1880kg, the GranTurismo Sport is far from light. But, light and responsive steering with very accurate feel helps the GranTurismo Sport when cornering. Body roll is almost non existent and traction in the dry is amazing and a little surprising when the car’s weight is taken into account.

Aptly, if you hit the Sport button, the Skyhook dampers firm up, the steering and throttle become sharper and the GranTurismo Sport takes on a whole new demeanour. Mash the throttle and the already loud exhaust note becomes even more manic and vocal, in fact it becomes highly addictive and makes Sport mode the default for V8 purists.

On the open road, the stiffer springs and dampers don’t hamper the ride. Despite being stiffer than ever before, the balance between ride comfort and handling has been perfectly struck.

The interior is classic Maserati. Some of the finer details such as the climate controls and switchgear are a bit plain, but the leather finishes and chunky steering wheel are enough to get the pulse racing.

The satellite navigation is still disappointing and needs more work before it can be classed as reliable and completely functional.

New sports seats allow for 20mm of extra leg room in the rear. Despite the extra 20mm, the rear seats are still quite cramped, so don’t expect to ferry around rear seat passengers over long distances. This is in contrast to the Porsche 911 or Jaguar XK, where carrying rear seat passengers is virtually impossible.

The new Maserati GranTurismo Sport isn’t as accomplished or agile as a Porsche 911, but it makes up for it with a beautiful design, stunning engine note and plenty of character.

The updated GranTurismo doesn’t go too far from the norm, which is certainly a good thing. What it does do is refresh an already impressive sports car.

If it was our money, we’d be buying the MC Shift Auto gearbox, which matches the car’s demeanour perfectly.


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  • Exar Kun

    Looks and noise.  They’re the only two reasons you need to buy one of these.  Grab a 911 too if you need something more accomplished as a driver’s car.

  • Joe

    REALLY……you have got to be kidding……if you have never been bitten by the reverse lead tipped arrow, you would not be saying that the expensive beetle is more accomplished…..

  • Mohammed Smith

    Too expensive for what it is …. not quick enough to 100 clicks.
    Pffft …. those engine output numbers are FPV stuff. Expect much more from a car at this level.
    Before you get started on the whole sound & feel stuff; remember that folks WILL race you off the lights and you WILL feel compelled to respond (that’s how these cars engage your soul man – you cannot fight it!). Sadly however, you may not win …. not with these commonplace performance specs. E.g. An AUD 70K M135i will match this car!

    • Johnno

      Mohammed – your missing the point. This car is also a statement and more than just a one dimensional 0 to 100 sprint time. That is, anyone whom can afford to buy this car can afford to buy an M135i or an FPV. In fact, they probably have another car for track purposes that are quicker than a FPV for exampel! Its not just about how quick you can be. EVERY car manufacturer can make a sub 5 second car for under $100k if they want. However a buyer of this car is looking for something more and this Maserati has a unique blend of style, performance, character and pedigree and heritage that no car manufacturer can match. I speak from experience…….

      • Ly61

        agreed

  • brent

    Thank God they got rid of the seats in the prior model.  Now they just need to get rid of that cheapo externally sourced console

  • Hjalhc

    Car Advice why would it come as a surprise that a heavy car has a lot of traction?  It actually makes complete sense…

    • Realist

      Not necessarily Hjalhc, as anything more than around 1700kg means that some less accomplished cars cannot push/haul the car up to speed or hold it round a corner. Consider that when you try to push a heavy trailer, by yourself and in thongs. As soon as you change a few things such as technique, footware and even more feet (people), traction issues are solved.

      • nick

        Traction is the frictional force between the tyres and the road. This value is related to the weight of the car.

        As for your interesting analogy, it doesn’t relate to this at all. If you were to say a heavy person could pull with more traction than a light person that would have been correct.

  • Zaccy16

    beautiful car, that ferrari v8 s a masterpiece!

  • horsie

    There is one of these across the road from my place. I hear that awesome sound every morning. 
    The one noisy car that i don’t mind being woken up by. 

  • mo

    its rubbish car. lancer evo faster. just 55000 no 36000

  • connor

    ladies you are all pretty… but please do not b*tch if you dont like something…. you guys just have a sh*t taste in cars and style

Maserati Granturismo Specs

S : 4.7L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 6 SP AUTO SEQUENTIAL - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 2D COUPE
Car Details
Make
MASERATI
Model
GRANTURISMO
Variant
S
Year
2012
Body Type
2D COUPE
Seats
4
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
4.7L
Cylinders
V8
Max. Torque
490Nm @  4750rpm
Max. Power
323kW @  7000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
171.8W/kg
Bore & Stroke
94x84.5mm
Compression Ratio
11.25
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP AUTO SEQUENTIAL
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
4.18
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
86
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
16.6L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1880
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1353mm
Length
4881mm
Width
1915mm
Ground Clearance
120mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.7
Front Rim Size
8.5x20
Rear Rim Size
10.5x20
Front Tyres
245/35 R20
Rear Tyres
285/35 R20
Wheel Base
2942
Front Track
1586
Rear Track
1590
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Automatic Air Con / Climate Control, Heated Front Seats, Power front seats, Sport Seats
Control & Handling
20 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering, Satellite Navigation
Entertainment
Premium Sound System
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors
Interior
Leather Upholstery, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  20,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
28-I-13
Country of Origin
ITALY