No, really. We’re not kidding you, this really is the facelifted Maserati GranTurismo. Although it looks almost identical to the last one, we promise Maserati has worked meticulously on updating their best-selling model to date.
Visually, there’s not a lot to give that away. In fact, if you don’t know what to look out for, you might not notice that it’s a different car altogether. It’s only when having the new facelifted model and the last year’s car side by side that you start noticing the minute differences.
For starters, the new car gets a sharper nose. The front fascia has been tightened up beyond the front grille, with different lines and creases. The side air vents at the bottom of the bumper flanking the grille are different as well, but they’re not there just for show. Maserati claims they aid cooling a lot more, as well as reduce the overall drag coefficient to just 0.32Cd. Round the back you’ll find a different bumper that’s been completely overhauled, as well as bespoke quad exhaust pipes.
The base GranTurismo has been made redundant as no one bought one, so Maserati erased it altogether. The new GranTurismo is offered in Sport and MC Stradale variants only. The Ferrari-derived V8 isn’t the most powerful thing ever at ‘just’ 453 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, but it does sound amazing. In fact, it’s one of this car’s strong points.
It won’t necessarily kick you in the seat the same way a Ferrari will or outaccelerate a Lamborghini, but there’s something about it that’s so special, yet you can’t really put a finger on it. Italian flare, charisma… call it whatever you want, this Maserati GranTurismo has undeniable character. The sprint to 62 mph takes 4.8 seconds, but one couldn’t care less about stats with a stunning car such as this one.
Maserati will tell you they’ve updated the cabin with an 8.4-inch touchscreen and new, updated leather options, but we all know they’re just using parts from the FCA bin. And that’s okay, because this car is more than just a sum of its parts.
It’s the essence of why we love cars. We connect we them and love them, despite their flaws and imperfections. The £90,000 price point is rather steep, but purchasing a Maserati GranTurismo is a decision you make with your heart, not your head.