Car of the Year 2011: No. 7 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

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  • Paul Dean and Robert Ross

No Substitute
The GranTurismo just might erase Maserati’s undeserved image of being the Italian car to buy if you cannot afford a Ferrari. Yes, Maserati was once a division of Ferrari, the two companies still are located in the same neighborhood, and all Maseratis are powered by Ferrari-sourced engines. However, Maserati stands apart with the GranTurismo Convertible, a true four-seat touring car that is unlike any vehicle Ferrari has ever produced and probably ever will. It is strikingly beautiful—all curves and rounds—and its leather interior could have been tailored by Armani. Unlike many smaller convertibles that have unfeeling excuses for backseats, the GranTurismo offers enough rear legroom and shoulder room for the tallest and largest of relatives. With its supermodel looks, spacious interior, Italian quality and craftsmanship, and total practicality, this Maserati could almost make you not care about affording a Ferrari. —Paul Dean

 

Soft Touch
Italy’s best-dressed GT is now its best-dressed convertible. The long, graceful GranTurismo loses its top but nothing more; its profile remains as elegant and individual as ever, thanks to a soft top—not a tin top—that emulates the stunning lines of the coupe. The interior features rich Poltrona Frau leather and rear seats that are ample enough for tall adults to ride comfortably. The GranTurismo is powered by Maserati’s biggest V-8—essentially a Ferrari engine with a trident logo—which belts out a song to rival the finest Italian tenor. —Robert Ross

SPECIFICATIONS
Configuration Front-mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive convertible Engine 4.7-liter V-8 Transmission 6-speed automatic Power 433 hp at 7,000 rpm Torque 361 ft lbs at 4,750 rpm Curb weight 4,365 pounds Zero to 60 5.2 seconds Top speed 176 mph Base price $136,300 Maserati, www.maserati.com

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