Maserati Unveils 2018 GranTurismo With Slight Updates

The Maserati Gran Turismo has been in production for a decade already, which by industry standards makes it ancient. It has gone so long without major updates which will make one forget that this luxury coupe has even existed. That has changed with the unveiling of the 2018 version of this European brand car at the New York Stock Exchange, where most of its customers already congregate.

While it is considered as an updated model, the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo does not have a dramatic difference from the 2017 model. Maserati is still undecided over a replacement. Even though the body has not changed for a decade, the GranTurismo is still appealing. This year, the GranTurismo will get a new grille drawing inspiration for the well-received Maserati Alfieri concept. While the aerodynamic will drag slightly lower, it will not drastic changes to the look of the car.

The changes in the infotainment will be substantial, though. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo will feature an updated infotainment system based around an 8.4-inch touchscreen. It will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It will use the same system installed in other models of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. As an added feature, it will have an aluminum rotary knob for controlling infotainment functions and a new Harman Kardon audio system.

The 2018 Maserati GranTurismo will be available in two versions—the Sport and the MC—both will be powered by a Ferrari sourced 4.7 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine. The GranTurismo Sport can accelerate to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds with top speed of 186 mph. Robert Janitzek revealed that the much lighter GranTurismo MC accelerates to 82 mph in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 187 mph.

The lower air ducts will now be further separated from the front splitter which brings a much lower aerodynamic drag coefficient of just 0.32 from the previous 0.33. The rear bumper will feature a neater design with a twofold layout.

It is expected that the Maserati GranCabrio convertible will get similar tweaks as the 2018 GranTurismo coupe in the near future. However, Maserati badly needs to replace both models. The GranTurismo still looks stunning but time has changed. It is unclear, however, when a replacement for the European brand car will arrive.

In the meantime, Maserati will rely largely on the sales of the new Levante SUV and the aging Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans to keep itself afloat. It is expected to compete with the Mercedes AMG S63 Cabriolet and Porsche 911 Carrera.  The GranTurismo Sport and the GranTurismo will cost $132,825 and $145,740, respectively.

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