Maserati Gran Turismo Manages to Impress Solely With its Exterior Design
|   Tuesday, July 09, 2013
The Maserati Gran Turismo is one of the most visually aspiring vehicles in its class and this gorgeous vehicle draws power from a V8 engine designed by Ferrari. The Gran Turismo is one of the best lookers in class and there is nothing lacking in this vehicle. Although the vehicle is quite heavy as compared to the other vehicles in its class, the Gran Turismo posts one of the best times on the straight line.

The Gran Turismo shares the same chassis as the MC Stradale although the MC is lighter and sportier than the Gran Turismo.
The Maserati Gran Turismo was designed by Pininfarina and as a result it is one of the best lookers in class. There are not many vehicles which actually compare to the Gran Turismo when it comes to its aesthetics and this car mates the front, side lines and rear panels quite efficiently.

The Gran Turismo weighs approximately two tons although it is quite efficient around turns. This is one super car which has the killer looks lacking in most rides. The down force generated is high and this makes the Gran Turismo easy to ride and control. The front and rear bumper along with the grille and 20 inch sports rims give this car a menacing stance.
Use of carbon fiber on the exterior decreases the weight of the vehicle even though the interior accounts for most of the weight of this car. Alcantra and aluminum is also used widely in the interior while the dash board is quite packed but neatly done. The build quality of the Gran Turismo may not be at par with that of the flag ship Quattroporte even though it is at par with the general offering of the segment.

The Gran Turismo draws power from two distinct engine options – low edge 4.2 liter petrol V8 engine and a range topping 4.7 liter V8 engine. Both the engines are powerful enough to make the ride quality buff while the suspension has been tweaked to stiffen out the general ride. The interior is quite comfortable and this is owing to the new dampers and upholstery.
The 4.2 liter engine displaces 453 BHP and is capable of accelerating from 0 – 60 MPH within 4.6 seconds. The ride quality is generally buff and agile while the steering column is quite smooth which enhances general track performance. The overall weight has been brought down by 100 kg owing to the new suspension while carbon ceramic discs ensure that the car stops within the required space and in time.

The single clutch automated transmission system on the Gran Turismo feels quite smooth on the up shift while downshifting can be quite troublesome. Maserati provides reliable support and backup for all its vehicles and its track record is clean. The Gran Turismo is NCAP crash tested while the vehicle managed to score a high 6 points. This is a 2 + 2 seated vehicle and the rear seats are spacious enough to accommodate two children. Overall, the Gran Turismo is the best option is vanity is a major concern.
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