Since 1920, when Mario Maserati first took inspiration for the trident from the ‘Fountain of Neptune’ in the family’s hometown of Bologna, anyone investing in a Maserati has bought into a heritage and a badge that marches to the beat of its own drum.
In the ensuing 95 years, Maserati has been a centre player in motor racing history, with celebrated wins in the Targa Florio, Sebring and the Nurbugring. It’s also the only Italian car manufacturer to claim back-to-back wins at the famed Indianapolis 500, from1939 to 1940.
These days Maserati is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the same group that owns Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. The ‘MC’ stands for Maserati Corse, the division that runs Maserati’s racing activities, but it’s also borrowed from the hard-core MC Stradale version of the GranTurismo.
Like classic two-door Maseratis of the past, such as the gorgeous Ghibli, the GranTurismo is beautifully styled, and any further enhancement seems superfluous except for a nip and tuck here and there.
The blacked-out 20-inch wheels add a touch of menace, as do the artistically integrated heat extraction vents sculptured into the lightweight aluminium bonnet.
It’s all very tasty stuff and all the more attractive when set off against the Blu Sofisticato paint job of our test model.
Under the bonnet it’s no less thrilling – a Ferrari- derived naturally aspirated 4.7-litre V8 mated to a traditional six-speed auto transmission. Off the line, it can hit 100km/h in 4.8 seconds and top speed is 298km/h with the standard auto, or 300km/h with the robotized manual option. More on that later.
Published: Tuesday, November 3, 2015