The GranTurismo marks the second model in Maserati's renaissance, after the Quattroporte. Under Ferrari ownership, Maserati is going back to its roots, something this big, toothy grille makes plain.
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The GranTurismo uses a Pininfarina-designed body, which shows classic style cues such as the large front fenders. It is a really striking car, confirmed to us by the many comments we received from bystanders.
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The GranTurismo offers a very refined driving experience, keeping things like gear shifts subtle.
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The engine is a 4.2-liter V-8 with variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder, producing 405 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 339 pound-feet of torque at 4,750 rpm.
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The GranTurismo is a coupe and, unusual for this body style, actually offers a decent amount of leg room in the back seats.
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The suspension is aided by electronic damping, which helps keep the car flat in the turns while smoothing over the imperfections of rough roads.
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Interior materials are very nice, with leather and solid switchgear. But there are flaws, such as the visible airbag panels in the door sills.
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Audio controls sit on both spokes of the steering wheel, but the phone button, on the lower left, doesn't really do anything, as U.S. phones don't work with the car's phone system.
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The tach gets its yellow and red zones painted on in thick lines, which gives the gauge a racing touch. But in general the gauges echo the car's refinement.
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The six-speed automatic transmission does downshift for turns and hold its lower gear, but it doesn't act very aggressively, keeping the drive smooth and preventing engine noise from high rpms.
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Column-mounted paddle shifters work when the transmission is in manual mode.
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This arced menu lets you access audio and navigation systems. A button to the upper left of the LCD puts the car in Sport mode, which adjusts suspension, throttle, and transmission.
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The nav system is hard-drive-based, allowing for rich maps in 3D and plain view.
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The maps don't show street names, which is a little annoying, although you can see and hear them when under route guidance.
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Under route guidance, the nav system shows the street you are on and the next turn. It also has text-to-speech and will read out the names of streets.
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The instrument cluster display also gives route guidance information, supplementing the main LCD.
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The audio system plays MP3 CDs, and includes space for music storage on the hard drive.
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The Bose audio system uses 11 speakers, including this big subwoofer on the rear deck. The system sounds good, but it doesn't reach as high as other systems we've heard.
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