2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport
The newly restyled Maserati GranTurismo Sport flawlessly unites elegance with its sporty nature as its performance gets a big boost that coaxes 460 hp from its assertive 4.7-liter V8 engine.
In its GranTurismo Sport review, Edmunds writes, “Still one of the most beautiful cars in production, the Maserati GranTurismo looks even more ravishing for 2013. Performs better, too.” Performance comes packaged in a 4.7-liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that extorts big power at 460 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. This impressive bundle makes it possible for the GranTurismo Sport to shift from 0 to 60 mph in brisk 4.7 seconds and attain 186 mph top speed.
“Most important for this 4,100-pound plus GT sex bomb is its improved cornering dynamics,” AutoBlog writes in its 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport review. “The uprated suspension allowed us to do exactly what we envisioned in our mind’s eye through every demanding section of road.”
Maserati introduces a redesigned front bumper for maximizing front air flows for engine and brake cooling. The bumper also sports a new profile that makes a perfect frame for the DRL LED technology headlights. Walk around to the rear of the new GranTurismo Sport and you’ll notice darker toned, uncompromising and stylish taillights to complete the car’s transition to becoming the very definition of sporty elegance.
The powerful braking system has Brembo dual-cast technology tied to six-piston brake calipers at the front and four-piston at the rear. Yes, every little nook and cranny in the GranTurismo Sport enhances its sportiness as do a new set of 20” Astro Design alloy wheels. There’s no such thing as being too sporty.
The interior is all about comfort and ergonomics as everyone will enjoy excellent support and supreme comfort. Not only do the front and back seats meet ergonomic approval, but also the steering wheel with its flatter rim and firmer grip ups the sports driving experience and comfort intensity.
“We still remember our first drive in the GranTurismo S back in 2008, it had those perfect long carbon fiber shift paddles attached to the column,” Autoblog writes. “They continue on here and remain the very best solution in the fingertip-shifting business.”
The GranTurismo Sport has an Italian personality as big as its performance capabilities. The car will more than fulfill the needs and desires of the most demanding driver. Meet the new frontier in sporty elegance at Park Place Maserati Dallas, the Maserati dealership serving Dallas, Fort Worth and North Texas.
The 2013 GranTurismo Sport oozes comfort, luxury and sportiness thanks to the sports car’s elegant sporty cabin that resulted from in-depth ergonomic research. The front sports-profile seats with integrated headrests boost comfort while offering more support.
Increased leg room and softer back panel amplify back seat comfort. Owners have the option of finishing the seats in the new Blu Sofisticato stitching.
The GranTurismo Sport has three available finishes, which are leather, leather and Alcantara and carbon fiber-Alcantara. Also an option is the instrument panel from the GranTurismo MC Stradale that ensures the driver can easily read the dials in all conditions. An Alcantara package is available for those preferring a more dynamic look. This adds Alcantara on the instrument dial covers, central armrest, door panel, handles, the center of the dashboard and central tunnel.
The front remains a head turner with the customary oval Maserati grill sporting the classic red-pronged Trident, a feature available only to Maserati’s sportiest models. Furthermore, the introduction of the metallic Blu Sofisticato tint adds aggression, dynamism, personality and power.
Other features contributing to the GranTurismo’s vibrant and assertive style include air inlets, light clusters, new 20” Astro Design wheel rims and smoked rear lights that improve visibility and safety. The rims hide drilled and slotted discs that come standard.
You can opt for a variety bodywork colors: two pastels, nine metallic, six special and three opaque. Also customizable are the leather upholstery and stitching color. The 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport has an extensive list of interior combinations and finishes, from Poltrona Frau leather and Alcantara upholstery, stitching colors, a variety of woods to carpets.
Maserati engineers kept active and passive safety at the forefront when designing the 2013 GranTurismo Sport. The result is a vehicle that uses the latest safety technology available in motoring.
The Maserati Stability Program (MSP) maintains the car’s stability by working in harmony with the ASR traction control and anti lock braking system (ABS), to stop the wheels from locking while braking. All of this synchronizes with the hydraulic braking assistance (HBA) and the engine’s torque stays under control.
Using xenon technology, the new front lights with integrated washers provide visibility when the headlights are dipped or on full beam. The Day Running Light system contains LEDs to make it easy to spot the car during daylight hours. A light meter automatically activates the headlights.
Parking sensors are standard in the Granturismo Sport. The sensors spot hazardous objects and small obstacles to keep the car’s aerodynamic spoilers in top form. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) monitors tire pressure to alert the driver whenever it falls below optimal.
As an essential element of passive safety, the front seats receive new dual-stage technology airbags while rear passengers have new generation airbags. Maserati engineers conducted deep research to properly and effectively integrate side bags in the new sports-profile seats. Add curtain bags to that and you have superb crash protection.
Maserati always produces distinctive motor cars with innovative, high performing engines. A love for mechanics is an essential part of Maserati’s DNA.
The 4.7-liter, V8 engine with unmistakable sports character is fitted to the GranTurismo Sport provides smooth motoring for everyday use. The power unit benefits from a special Diamond Like Coating (DLC) on the camshaft lobes and tappets to reduce friction.
Two transmissions are available on the 2013 GranTurismo Sport: a six-speed, automatic ZF set up equipped with MC Auto Shift software or a sequential, six-speed gearbox with a twin-disc clutch. The ZF transmission results in smooth gear changes without penalizing performance with 49% of the weight up front and 51% in the rear; the sequential transmission is more suited to drivers looking for sportier handling and a closer rapport with the car. Here the weight split is 48% front-52% rear thanks to the transaxle set up that shifts the gearbox to the rear.
The car’s wet sump lubrication with optimized fluid dynamics cuts friction as it delivers power smoothly up to 460 hp. Peak torque has been upped by 10 Nm to 520 with most of it on tap through most of the rev range to guarantee super-slick gear changes.
The engine responds immediately when the accelerator pedal goes down. Its flexibility allows it to respond to conditions: from well-behaved in urban settings to powerful and dynamic on the open road. It all comes down to the driver. When activating Sport button, the suspension and gear changes recalibrate for maximum performance, the exhaust valves open up and the engine takes on a deep and exciting tone that symbolizes Maserati’s competitive nature.