The concept of Gran Turismo
Defining a Maserati grand tourer
Typically, a gran tourer is a front-engine, two-door coupé with rear-wheel drive, a two-seat or a 2+2 arrangement. Born and bred in Italy, the original concept of Gran Turismo involved covering hundreds of kilometres in style and comfort, at high speeds. What’s more, with enough room for luggage.
Maserati chose to embody this two-sided spirit, creating an intrinsic and intriguing tension: on the one hand, elegance, refinement, craftsmanship; on the other, a rebellious spirit, a hunger for performance, a need for adventure.
A grand-touring soul
inside a Maserati sports car
The prototype of what can be considered the first Gran Turismo model was the legendary A6 1500. The A stood for Alfieri, one of the founding Maserati brothers, and the 6 represented the car’s six cylinders. Launched in March 1947 at the Geneva Motor Show, this model was the first Maserati road car fitted with a sophisticated race-car engine. Its timeless and elegant style by renowned designer Pinin Farina inspired future generations of road cars. There remain only photographs as testimony to its splendour, and no experiment has since been more significant than the A6 for the Italian grand touring spirit.
Maserati Gran Turismo cars through history
The Maserati Gran Turismo idea today
An instant classic
At the Geneva Motor Show in March 2007, the world got to know the new Maserati coupé, named the GranTurismo. It was defined as “an instant classic”. Impactful at first sight, it was an irresistible combination of outstanding Italian Pininfarina design, exclusive luxury, progressive technology and uncompromising power. At the launch, the GranTurismo was equipped with a 4.2-litre V8 engine, a 6-speed ZF automatic transmission, and cutting-edge motorsport-derived technology features. Unveiled one year later, the GranTurismo S featured a formidable 4.7-litre V8 engine, attesting to the fact that the GranTurismo is the pride of Italian coupés.
The GranTurismo Sport was unveiled in March 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show with the revised 4.7-litre V8 engine. It is an endless dynamic promise of luxury and audacity. The front was redesigned with bold red detailing and with a deep-cut oval front grille bearing the Trident in chrome. The revised bumper echoes the styling of the front, creating a harmonious unit. The side profile is inspired by the historic “Birdcage” and features signature cues like the triple air vents and the triangular C-pillars housing the Saetta logo. Fine-tuned luxury can be found in all of its details like the soft and tactile Alcantara trim on the backs of the Sport steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles.
As the extreme expression of grand touring, also the GranTurismo MC shares the 4.7-litre V8 engine with the S version. It has a new aggressive front grille with an exclusive front splitter that maximises downforce at high speeds. The vents on the side skirts channel the airflow under the car’s body to increase stability. However, its most striking exterior feature is the optional lightweight carbon fibre bonnet with an aggressive central air intake and two large air vents modelled on those of the MC Trofeo. The interior offers a captivating mix of soothing comfort and advanced technology, along with seductive, soft black standard trims.