The Sport is the latest addition to Maserati GranTurismo family, and as the name suggests, it is ought to turn the GT from a soft and cuddly long-distance cruiser into a rough and tough sports coupe. How it does that is the old school way; add more power, stiffen up the suspension, bolt on some louder exhausts, and add more black stuff to the exterior to make the car look meaner. And you know what, it’s worked!
The GranTurismo Sport has the same 4.7 liter V8 engine as the normal GT, but it’s now tuned to make 460 HP (338 kW) and a peak torque of 520 Nm. It is also fitted to the electro actuated gearbox featuring MC Shift technology for faster gear changes. Consequently, the car does 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds and easily goes past 300km/h.
This transmission works well on the track, but it’s a bit dimwitted and slow in town. The other thing that works well on the track is the Sport Skyhook system, an evolution of the continuous damping control system that makes the car even more reactive and fun to drive.
On the styling front, the new Maser gets a revised front bumper with bigger air intake which will be applied to the rest of the range as well, LED headlights and smoked taillights, 20” Astro Design alloy wheels, and Brembo brakes with special showy calipers. There is also a new “Blu Sofisticato” color available.
As for the interior, it’s still big and comfy with massive leather seats. The distinctive new design of the rear shell of the front seats, in leather, also frees up more space for rear seat passengers (+20 mm). Furthermore, new details in EcoChrome grey and the Poltrona Frau leather upholstery, feature alongside sporty elements such as the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, inspired by the design of the Trofeo race car, and the aluminium pedals.