Maserati GranTurismo gets mid-life makeover
‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ The Italian car maker is undoubtedly one of the key players in the sports car scene, and the notorious Maserati GranTurismo has been the dream car for many petrol heads all over the world, taking up poster space on many walls.
It comes as no surprise that the GranTurismo range is due for an update, and Maserati have chosen to go the evolution route instead of the revolution route with a 2018 facelift. The evolution includes refreshed interior and exterior styling along with some new technology all around.
Maserati also plans to drop the regular 4.2-litre GranTurismo from the model range in an effort to maintain exclusivity. The line-up now consists of just the MC Stradale and Sport versions.
Both of these Italian monsters pack a punch thanks to the new 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8, producing 338kW and peak torque of 520Nm. The rear wheels receive the power from a 6-speed auto gearbox which makes the sports car reach 100km/h from standstill in just 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 299km/h for the Sport version, with the lighter MC Stradale doing it in 4.7 seconds and surging onwards to a 301km/h top speed.
A few of the revised styling elements include a new ‘sharknose’ style hexagonal grille and lower air-ducts on the front apron, with a freshly redesigned rear bumper which Maserati claims to be more aerodynamically efficient.
Current Maserati GranTurismo owners will rejoice in the fact that the face lifted model will receive a new infotainment system. The 2018 GranTurismo features a new 8.4-inch touchscreen display, which is offered alongside a new Harman Kardon sound system. The infotainment refresh means that the GranTurismo now boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Lastly, the centre console has been mildly redesigned with new switch gear. There’s a new aluminium double rotary control knob, while the driving mode buttons have been placed lower on the console, nearer the gear lever.