Best of the Best 2012: Coupes & GTs: Maserati GranTurismo MC
The Granturismo MC dispels the notion that Maserati is a second-tier player among Italian sports-car brands. The beauty of the GranTurismo is indisputable, and its Ferrari-sourced 4.7-liter V-8 engine sends 444 hp and 376 ft lbs of torque to the rear wheels, enabling the MC to reach 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 185 mph. In short, this Maserati is no slouch. Indeed, the $144,000 four-seater is the quickest, lightest, and most powerful car in the Maserati lineup. It is also the most versatile. Unlike other track-tuned variants of weekend cruisers that sacrifice sensibility for the sake of speed, the GranTurismo MC is not just tolerable as a daily driver, it is downright enjoyable.
Maserati’s drive-it-your-way settings are the primary source of that enjoyment. You can choose from five different control modes: auto-normal, manual-normal, auto-sport, manual-sport, and ice. Select manual-sport if you want to push the car to its limits. This mode gives the driver full control of power delivery through a pair of outlandishly large shifting paddles mounted to the steering column. When the car is in this setting, you can hold the gear until it bounces off the rev limiter. And on downshifts, the car rev matches the engine with roaring throttle blips.
As with all Maseratis, the choice of colors is virtually limitless and includes options not only for the exterior paint, upholstery, and dash trim, but also for the brake calipers, seat belts, stitching, and other minutiae. But only the MC comes standard with carbon-fiber fins, flaps, and finishing trim—all of which serve to let other Maserati owners know that you are driving something special.