2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport
In an age where `Sport’ badges are being applied to compact SUVs and a humble hatchback can carry a GTI badge, it’s refreshing to see that Maserati’s new-for-2013 GranTurismo was just that; a grand tourer in the finest tradition. Maserati gave the GranTurismo a facelift for the 2013 model year, including styling changes at the front, a new body-kit, more connectivity and extra comfort features including rain-sensing wipers.
Music to the Ears
The fabulous, Ferrari-built 90-degree V8 engine remained, but detail changes squeezed an extra seven Kilowatts and 20 Nm of torque from it. But the essential character, including one of the best soundtracks in the business, was carried over. As a car in which to cover big daily distances while still offering an entertaining driving experience, the Maserati was, and is, hard to top.
This car carries the `Sport’ badge and, as such, it makes use of a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. While the MC Shift model received the F1-inspired, track-ready, single-clutch transmission, the conventional automatic in this car is far more at home in the GranTurismo where it can better provide that smooth, unruffled persona that a proper GT car has traditionally offered up.
Inside, the GT theme continues with a truly sumptuous presentation that also includes more rear seat room than ever with enough leg and headroom for rear-seat passengers of normal size. Security was also upgraded with the 2013 facelift, and this car has a perimeter and anti-lift alarm as standard. Front and rear parking sensors also became standard for this model.
Features include: 20 inch alloy-wheels, keyless entry and start, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, climate-control air-conditioning, multi-function steering wheel, sports seats, leather trim, six-piston Brembo brakes, active exhaust.