The GranTurismo S is a grand touring coupe that boasts a Ferrari-engineered V8, a surprisingly spacious cabin and loads of Italian character. With the departure of the standard GranTurismo, the Granturismo S is now the entry-level model in Maserati's lineup.
The GranTurismo S is motivated by a Ferrari-designed 4.7-liter V8 with 433 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 361 lb-ft of torque at 4,750. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
Although, as its name suggests, the car is more of a grand tourer than an all-out sports car, the GranTurismo is still plenty quick: zero-to-62 mph comes in 4.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 183 mph. Fuel economy is rated at 11 mpg in the city and 18 mpg in the city.
New high-power Brembo brakes improve stopping distance and offer higher resistance to fade. Maserati claims the car can stop from 62 mph in less than 115 feet. The system features front brake discs made with dual-cast technology, resulting in pairing up iron and aluminum for better weight, heat transfer properties, and squeezed by aluminum mono-bloc 6-piston calipers.
Visual distinctions between the S and departed standard GranTurismo include side skirts and an integrated spoiler. The dimensions of the two cars are virtually identical, though the S is 2.7 inches wider.
Apart from the above changes, the S features conventional suspension set-up, aggressively tuned to reduce roll by 10 percent as compared to the pedestrian GranTurismo. The electronically-adjustable Skyhook suspension found on the weaker car is an option.
The interior is upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather and Alcantara for increased luxury, and covers the more aggressively bolstered seats.
Besides a contingent of air bags, including front, side and side curtain units, the GranTurismo S is outfitted with traction and stability control systems in addition to ABS.
The Maserati competes in a crowded segment full of appealing options like the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Jaguar XKR.