It’s been said that every Maserati is a masterpiece and that is indeed what the Italian car maker has achieved with the 2013 GranTurismo Sport. From the elegantly laid grilles, the windswept body to the slightly lifted rear is an ensemble of unmistakable styling. Replacing the GranTurismo S and the S Automatic models, the Sport Model promises to be snappier and takes some heftiness off the GranTurismo MC’s price tag. The 453 horse powered Sport is priced at $130,000 while the MC with 444HP is priced at $140,000.
The overall look of the GT Sport is an upgraded adaptation of the MC model. The new front splitter gives it a bit more aerodynamics, guiding air into the compound metal brake discs. The Trident emblem on the inwardly bent grilles gets some red highlights as a representation of Maserati’s powerful cars. The side skirts have been perked up and the tail lamps are just a hue darker. The headlights shaped like it’s flowing towards the back are run by LEDs. All that chiselled 4100-pound body rests on latest generation stabilizer bars for excellent cornering dynamics. The Sport Skyhook adaptive suspension structures all the four bases, allowing drivers to do exactly what they want on crucial parts of the road. Twenty-inch Pirelli P Zero will tread for the GranTurismo with an option of Brembo brake calipers.
Underneath the blue hood is a widely shared multi-point injection engine. The 4.7-liter V8 engine hums a 384 pound-foot torque to life. The engine now boasts of redesigned pistons to match the revised engine mapping, resulting to a power performance and advanced efficiency. The whole assembly is complimented by the 49-51 weight distribution from front to rear. A six-speed transmission controls the gears, with running mode choices at the console. The Full Sport mode will reroute the exhaust to produce a lively tone and enable automatic throttle blips. It will transform the sports car into what it is originally created for.
The Standard Mode is still a GranTurismo experience. The soft ride quality and relaxed gear shifts is nothing to be ashamed about when you’re in a full-leather interior of a luxury sports ride. The engineered seats are power adjusted with upgraded side bolsters. The flat-bottom leather-covered steering wheel improves grip quality with the convenience of control buttons. A navigating system dominates the console that smoothly flows towards the center island. The new concave architecture gives more knee room for the passenger seats.