2018 Maserati GranTurismo
A Trend Setter
While supercars have tended to steal the show in recent decades, it pays to remember that the inspiration for those, and nearly every other take on the high-performance road-car, was inspired by the fabulous grand tourers of the 1950s and 60s. And this 2018 Maserati GranTurismo is the absolute modern-day embodiment of everything those classics represented.
More than a Pretty Face
The modern GranTurismo is not just fast, not just good looking; it also has an almost uncanny ability to cover huge distances in a short space of time while protecting and pampering its occupants along the way. Part of that formula is the rich, plush interior which in this case has been optioned-up with the addition of a carbon-fibre steering wheel and a carbon-fibre interior styling package. Alloy pedals were another factory option added by the original purchaser and the Alcantara roof lining and contrasting upholstery stitching complete a very lush picture.
The Best Soundtrack
Performance comes from a Ferrari-sourced V8 engine with no turbochargers or superchargers to blunt its aural appeal. In fact, the engine in question is reckoned to have perhaps the best soundtrack of any production car of the last decade. The engine is mounted well back in the engine bay, too, making the car a front-mid-engined layout and improving weight distribution and balance in the process.
Top of the Range
Externally, this car features a special paint finish in a pearlescent light-grey while a carbon-fibre aero-package was also specified. Twenty-inch alloy wheels in a black finish, specific to the MC model are fitted and contrast starkly with the brake calipers in their bare aluminium finish.
Features include: Special paint finish, contrast interior stitching, Alcantara roof lining, interior carbon-fibre package, carbon-fibre aero exterior package, carbon-fibre steering wheel, 20-inch alloy wheels, aluminium pedals, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate-control, cruise-control, paddle-shifters, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, reversing camera.