Although there are a lot of people who accuse the GranTurismo to be “outdated” compared to the other Italians or Germans, it is elegant, classy, timeless, and of course, very rare. It doesn’t really need drastic changes, else people would have no reason as to why they should choose a Maser over the others.
Which is why Maserati has given it some minor updates for the 2018 model year, both inside out. The exterior tweaks get some aerodynamic updates, which has reduced the drag from 0.33 to 0.32 Cd.
The track-focused GranTurismo MC is equipped with a carbon-fibre bonnet in the body colour as standard. The bonnet also features downforce-optimizing air vents. Additionally, there are iconic vertical air vents in the front wings, deep functional side skirts, titanium brake calipers (black in Sport) and 20-inch Trofeo Silver forged wheels, now claimed to be 10% stronger and lighter. A pronounced rear lip spoiler is another highlight.
The headlights for 2018 maintain the same profile and LED/Bi-Xenon functionality, but feature discreet, internal restyling. This includes reshaped LED DRLs, grooved housing in the Xenon lamp areas and the Maserati inscription in low relief. Additionally, the MC version’s headlights feature a darker finish.
The exterior of the MY18 GranTurismo is available in 16 colours. A new three-layer colour is introduced (Blu Assoluto), while 4 more three-layer colours are now available on the entire range. There is a range of 14 light-alloy wheels in 6 designs, one of which is in forged aluminum, and an exterior carbon package is offered both for Sport and MC versions.
The wheels are shod with 4th generation Pirelli P Zero tyres. The new P Zeros are claimed to improve braking distances in dry and wet conditions, respectively by 4% and 5%, while improving mileage by at least 30%. They are also claimed to contribute to a reduction in unsprung weight plus better suspension performance and tyre grip.
Interiors get an 8.4-inch capacitive touchscreen with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay compatibility, Harman Kardon Premium Sound system, Poltrona Frau leather seats, aluminum foot pedals, and rearview camera display with dynamic gridlines.
For 2018, there are 8 interior colours and 5 interior trim options — from Carbon Fibre to Black Piano and Walnut Briarwood. All are available on Sport and MC versions.
Safety equipment includes Maserati Stability Program (MSP) which works in harmony with Anti Slip Regulation (ASR) traction control, ABS and EBD. All models are fitted with Adaptive Light Control, a system that swivels the headlights as the vehicle turns. Options list includes Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
No mechanical changes. A 4,691 cc naturally aspirated V8 sourced from Ferrari powers the car, producing 460 hp at 7,000 rpm and 520 Nm of torque at 4,750 rpm, paired with a 6-speed ZF automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. The GranTurismo Sport is claimed to do 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 299 km/h, while the MC does it in 4.7 seconds and tops out at 301 km/h.