The epitomy of an Italian touring car is only the 2016 Maserati Gran Turismo. Perhaps other Italian models have other characteristics which make them great but Maserati has managed to gather everything into one place when it comes to driving luxury and placed into a perfect touring vehicle. Ferrari’s are perhaps known for their engine performances while Alfa Rome offers great roadster vehicles, but the best choice for a touring car is only a Maserati car.
This is going to be particularly interesting for the US as there are not many touring like cars available there, at least not of a homemade design. As all of the mentioned Italian products are also available in the US, the Maserati Gran Turismo is going to be the only choice that provides you with the best characteristics when it comes to merely cruising or touring the roads.
What the newest Gran Turismo vehicle offers its users are two prime elements. Of course the styling comes as the most profound feature of the car which is going to be something that will add to its popularity while the second one is the engine performance. The combination of the two gives us both style and road manners which are highly important for ta vehicles like this one. Read the entire review about the newest 2016 version of the Maserati Gran Turismo car and see what specs the vehicle possesses.
2016 Maserati Gran Turismo exterior
The newest 2016 Maserati Gran Turismo is going to be available as always in two body styles, the coupe and the convertible versions. There were some rumors that the Gran Turismo brand will be separated as a stand-alone coupe project which will be given a different name then while the convertible version will carry with the present one, but these are all unconfirmed rumors yet and may only be possible for the 2017 or even the 2018 model year. But for now we get the same setup that we have already been used to from the Italian automaker, The car is also going to carry over the trim elves from before so you can expect to see it in the Sport and MC versions while there is doubt of the car gets to be offered as a MC Centennial again as that trim was made last year to marked the 100th anniversary of Maserati.
The Gran Turismo retains its Pininfarina styled body manner which was introduced some ten years ago. Back then it was a revolutionary change in design that the car has been given and it still manages to hold up even today. The car has a sleek and sexy design with a long and low hood which combines with an oval grille at the front, some strong haunches and a combination of three air vents placed on the front fender of the car. The Gran Turismo remains a two-door model still, which also keeps it as the only such model in the Maserati lineup. This car holds its own in terms its looks against even the Ferrari vehicles and is perhaps one of the most appropriately designed cars coming from Italy.
Under the hood of the 2016 Maserati Gran Turismo there are not going to be many surprises. The car remains loyal to the Ferrari inspired V-8 engine which has managed to deliver great performance rates in the past and will continue to do so in the future as well. The 4.7-liter V8 engine is good enough to deliver a power output of 460 hp which does not come with a turbo option, which is peculiar as currently all the vehicles have made a switch to turbo. The entire Ferrari lineup has been upgraded to the turbo engines but the Maserati will perhaps remain the only car which does not come with one and keeps things traditional.
The Gran Turismo vehicle has always come with tow transmission options and for now it is going to remain the same. Perhaps for the future model they are planning to settle on only one transmission but for now you can opt for a standard a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or use the a “robotized” six-speed called the “MC Shift electro-actuated gearbox.” The car also gains the ability to speed up to 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds while reaching a top speed of 185 mph.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 7.8 in. (115.8 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 2.2 in. (194.2 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 3.4 in. (75.4 in.)
Passenger volume: 86 ft³
Cargo volume: 9,2 ft³
Curb weight: 4350 lbs
Top Speed: 185 mph
0-60: 4,7 sec
MPG: 13/21 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Bianco Birdcage, Bianco Eldorado, Bianco Fuji, Blu Mediterraneo, Blu Nettuno Metallic, Blu Oceano Metallic, Blu Sofisticato Metallic, Bordeaux Pontevecchio Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
The inside of the 2016 Maserati Gran Turismo remains a very comfy setting for both the driver and the passengers. The base trim level comes with racing seats which actually come with some conventional belts. They are compared with leather or a combination of leather and synthetic microfiber, otherwise called Alcantara leather, and maximize the comfort levels as much as possible. The steering wheel also gets a special new addition which is the “Trofeo Design,” which also adds some paddles behind the wheel which helps you balance and control the vehicle when doing some more aggressive driving. Just in front of the driver, directly on the center of the dash we see a large tachometer that you cannot miss.
The second trim levels besides adding a sportier appearance on the outside also enhances the interior of the car. It uses the “Soft Poltrona Frau” material for the inside parts of the car and it combines them with some carbon fiber elements which do not only enhance the appearance of the car but also its performance.
Price and release date
The car is going to be available on the Italian market by the end of the year, while the release date of the 2016 Maserati Gran Turismo is scheduled for next year to appear at the US market. The base price for the base trim level is $150,000, while the MC trim level comes available at $170,000. The models that you can also keep an eye for are the 2017 Porsche 911, 2017 Acura NSX, 2017Audi R8 and 2016 Nissan GT-R models.