GranTurismo

Best of the Best 2011: Convertibles: Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

Maserati GranTurismo Convertible (www.maserati.com), which might be the most beautiful topless GT on the planet. If one requires more pragmatic reasons to consider the $139,700 GranTurismo, he or she can put foot to floor and experience the performance of a Ferrari-engineered V-8 engine with an exhaust note that pales only—and barely—to that of Ferrari’s grandiloquent […]

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

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 […]

Maserati GranTurismo Drops Its Top for 2010

For the consideration of those who believe the Maserati GranTurismo just can’t get any prettier, the famed Italian automaker submits the dazzling 2010 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible. Known in markets outside the United States as the GranCabrio, this is the first true four-seat drop-top in Maserati’s 95-year history and the third prong in its product trident, […]

FrontRunners: Fun for Four

The anticipated Maserati GranTurismo Convertible (www.maserati.us) comes to American shores this spring. This Italian supermodel from Modena combines exquisite Pininfarina styling with scintillating performance, courtesy of a Ferrari-engineered 4.7-liter V-8 engine and a smooth 6-?speed automatic transmission. Ample backseats with real legroom mean that a driver and three lucky passengers can tour in style; the […]

Autos: Trident True

Pininfarina is sometimes too good at making cars appear sporty. Take, for example, the rakish GranTurismo, which the Italian design firm shaped for Maserati. The car’s silhouette promises a level of performance that its power train simply does not deliver. However, with the GranTurismo S—an angrier, edgier, and more powerful model being introduced at year’s […]

Best of the Best 2008: Coupes & GTs

Huge and heavy, and about as green as offshore drilling, the $341,000 Bentley Brooklands (www.bentleymotors.com) is nothing that any car should be these days. Yet producing three-ton vehicles capable of triple-digit speeds has long been the Bentley way. Size is a form of majesty, and power—in this case, twin turbochargers persuading a vintage V-8 to […]

Feature: Gran Slam

Maserati has loosed from its Modena stables the long-awaited GranTurismo, and it is a formidable machine. Ostensibly a replacement for the GranSport, the GranTurismo is actually anything but: It bears little relationship to its Giugiaro-designed predecessor. Their respective surnames—Sport and Turismo—announce the distinctions between the two cars, that they have purposes and personalities that are […]