- The updated Maserati GranTurismo has a restyled front bumper and a revised powertrain.
- Powered by a 4.7-litre V8 producing 460bhp and 520Nm.
- Available in two variants – Sport and MC
Maserati has introduced the 2018MY Maserati GranTurismo in India for a price tag of Rs 2.25 crore (ex-showroom pan-India). The updated GranTurismo was introduced internationally last year, with a revised styling and a rejigged powertrain. Even the interior has been updated with modern screens and added features.
The Italian marque has dropped the 4.2-litre V8 in the updated GT and has retained the 4.7-litre naturally-aspirated V8 sourced from Ferrari. The 460bhp and 520Nm of raw power is sent to rear wheels via a ZF six-speed transmission. There are five driving modes and the engine now feature a wet sump and a cross-plane crankshaft for better throttle response and a distinctive sound.
The MC which now stands for Maserati Corse replaces the MC Stradale in the new portfolio. The other variant is the Sport. In terms of design upgrades, the styling of the already sensuous Maserati has been enhanced with larger, hexagonal grille with a 'shark nose' profile and a chrome insert all around. The new nose is inspired by the Alfieri concept car and this design also helps optimize airflow distribution and reduce aerodynamic drag.
Both the Sport and MC share the same basic features, although each has special distinction to separate them from each other. The headlights for each model are slightly restyled. The hardcore MC is equipped with a carbon-fibre bonnet in the body colour as standard. The bonnet also features downforce-optimizing air-vents. Additionally, there are vertical air vents in the front wings, deep functional side skirts, titanium brake calipers (black in Sport) and 20-inch Trofeo Silver forged wheels.
The cabin of the GranTurismo which looked like it was from 2007 (since it actually was from 2007) now gets a more modern layout. There are individual Poltrona Frau Leather seats with integrated headrests. The centre stack gets a massive 8.4-inch capacitive touchscreen with smartphone connectivity. But the rotary dials of the older car are still present lower down which is made of forged aluminium. Additionally, the new Maserati double dial clock at the centre of the dashboard is present. And the Harman Kardon Premium Sound system comes as standard on both Sport and MC.
The updated Maserati GranTurismo continues to be a gorgeous looking alternative to the some pretty potent competition like the Porsche 911 Turbo, Jaguar F-type R, Aston Martin V8 Vantage S and the Audi R8 V10 Plus.