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Maserati GranTurismo: Buying guide and review (2007-present)

Maserati GranTurismo: Buying guide and review (2007-present) Classic and Performance Car
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Maserati has been on a bit of a resurgence recently, and the GranTurismo released in 2007 has been instrumental in its recent good form. The original GranTurismo unveiled at the Geneva Motor show had a Ferrari derived 399bhp 4.2-litre V8 and a 2+2 chassis derived from the Quattroporte. The Pininfarina-penned bodywork was met with universal acclaim, and its inherent rightness is shown in the fact that it still turns heads despite little having been done to the basic shape in the intervening years.

Ride comfort was much improved over the Quattroporte and the interior was well equipped, seating four in comfort. One of the few early criticisms were that performance was somewhat blunted by the almost two ton weight, although this was addressed with an optional 4.7-litre V8 being introduced a few years later.

Overall the GranTurismo has been a moderate success for Maserati, and although its beginning to show its age today, it’s still a very accomplished and hugely desirable GT. 
 
Which one to buy?
 
The GranTurismo has been in production for nine years now, and a number of variants have been released over the years. The standard GranTurismo is fitted with the 399bhp 4.2-litre V8 and while its looks, ride comfort and cruising ability are still comparable with more modern machinery, it requires a dedicated right foot to get meaningful acceleration from it.

The rest of the model range gets the 4.7-litre, V8 which puts out between 434 and 454bhp depending on which model it is fitted to. The improved low range response makes a big difference to the driving experience, however it’s the sublime exhaust note that will leave a lasting impression. The GranTurismo may be eclipsed in many ways by newer rivals but arguably none has a more stirring soundtrack. This and the timeless elegance of the design have ensured that these cars have remained as desirable as ever. 

The MC Stradale was introduced in 2011 and is the most sports focussed of the range, with 110kg removed from the overall weight and power up to 454bhp. This helps the Stradale reach a maximum speed of 188mph. 

If open air motoring is more your thing then there is also the GranCabrio model introduced in 2010, it is a 2+2 soft top convertible based on the GranTurismo S. Sportier versions include the GranCabrio Sport and MC, with slightly increased power outputs and more sport orientated suspension settings.
Build quality and reliability are much improved over previous generation Maseratis and depreciation has also not been as steep as expected. 

The sweet spot in the range is the GranTurismo S in either 6 speed auto or sequential automatic guise. It received the desirable Skyhook suspension system as standard on the auto versions with it being an option on the sequential-auto cars. It was updated and renamed the GranTurismo Sport in 2012. The choice between gearboxes depends on whether you will be doing a lot of stop start driving, in which case the full auto is preferable, however for the occasional blast the sequential system with paddles is more engaging. 
 
Performance and specs
 
2008 GranTurismo S
Engine 4691cc 32valve DOHC V8 
Power 434bhp @ 7000 rpm 
Torque 361lb ft @ 4750rpm
Top speed 183mph 
0-62mph 4.9 seconds 
Fuel consumption 17 mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed automatic
 
Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2942mm
Length 4881mm
Width 1915mm
Height 1353mm
Weight 1880kg
 
Common problems

Parts are widely available from Maserati and running costs are what one would expect of a top end sports tourer.
 
• Electrical gremlins are not as rampant as Maseratis of old, but there are a few things to look out for. Auto wipers can be erratic on earlier models and rear light clusters can play up, requiring reprogramming of the ECU to cure and in some cases a replacement unit.

• According to a few owners, random error warnings can pop up from time, but this can usually be traced back to a failing battery.

• Electric window motors can slow down with age. 

• It’s not recommended to jump start a GranTurismo as voltage spikes can damage the electronics and airbags can be blown.

• Engines are Ferrari based and generally quite robust, but crankshaft oil seals and cam covers can leak oil. These are not a big issue to remedy. If the engine is not running smoothly, it could point to a faulty air-flow meter.

• Suspension rarely gives major problems, however due to the relatively high weight bushes and shock absorbers do wear out frequently. The Skyhook shocks are also pricey, so make sure the system is operating correctly.

• Brakes also take a fair amount of punishment thanks to the cars weight so check the disc and pad wear to see if replacement is imminent.
 
Model history
 
2007: Maserati GranTurismo launched with 399bhp 4.2-litre V8 and six-speed Automatic Transmission
2008: GranTurismo S with 434bhp 4.7-litre V8 introduced with six-speed sequential semi-auto transmission. Skyhook adaptive suspension is an optional extra
2009: GranTurismo MC enters production - more sports focussed with racing harness and larger fuel tank. GranTurismo S Automatic enters production with standard Skyhook suspension
2010: GranTurismo MC ends production. GranCabrio is introduced with folding soft-top and GranTurismo S running gear
2011: GranTurismo MC Stradale released with power up to 444bhp and weight down by 110kg. GranCabrio Sport introduced with 444bhp version of 4.7-litre V8
2012: GranTurismo S ends production. GranCabrio MC introduced based on GranTurismo MC. GranTurismo Sport introduced, replacing the GranTurismo S. Power rating now at 454bhp with face lifted front and sportier front seats. Six-speed automatic is standard with sequential automatic gearbox an optional extra
2014: GranTurismo and GranCabrio MC Centennial Edition released. Bespoke colour and styling options available on these models
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.maseraticlub.co.uk
• www.maseratiforum.co.uk
• maseratiownersclub.co.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
The early 2007 and 2008 4.2-litre cars start from around £30,000 which shows a decent aversion to the horrible depreciation that cars of this type tend to go through. A low-mileage GranTurismo S can be found from £38,000 and up. Two year old cars trade around the £80,000 mark depending on specification, and this again shows decent value retention from new. Factory fresh MC Stradale retails for £110,000. GranCabrios are rarer and tend to command a slight premium over their coupe counterparts.

It is rare to find a sporty Italian grand tourer that makes sense to both the head and the heart, yet after nine years in production the GranTurismo still manages to offer a beguiling mix of practicality and desirability that is a hard act to follow. 
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 8th Dec 2015
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  • Maserati GranTurismo

    £37,995 £37,995

    Variant: Petrol V8 400 BHP Grigio Alfieri Metallic with Rosso Corallo Leather Interior, Nero and Rosso Dashboard, Nero Carpets, Nero Headlining, Nero Stitching, 20” Birdcage Alloy Wheels with Red Brake Callipers, Climate Controlled Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Electric Heated Seats with Driver Memory, Skyhook Suspension, Rear Parking Distance Control, Xenon Headlamps, Electro-Chromatic Rear View Mirror, Comfort Pack Front Seats, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation and Bose Surround Sound System.

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 3600 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
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    £37,995 £37,995
    Meridien-Meridien Modena Maserati - Lyndhurst
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  • Maserati GranTurismo

    £44,900 £44,900

    Variant name:Coupe S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: V8 S MC Shift, 20 Inch Gloss Black Neptune Design Alloy Wheels, Red Brake Calipers, MC Sport Line Carbon Front Splitter and Rear Spoiler, Black Exhaust Pipes, Body Coloured Door Handles, Black Window Surrounds, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Comfort Pac Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this outstanding Low Mileage Maserati Granturismo S V8 4.7 MC Shift. Finished in arguably one of the best colour combinations of Nero Carbonio complemented with Poltrona Frau Nero Full Leather Upholstery, Bianco Contrast Stitch, Trident Logos to Headrests and finished with AluTex Interior Inlays This cherished example has to be the best of its pedigree on the market today and comes with a great specification which includes 20" Gloss Black Neptune Design Alloy Wheels with Red Brake Calipers, MC Sport Line Carbon Front Splitter and Rear Spoiler, Black Exhaust Pipes, Body Coloured Door Handles, Black Window Surrounds, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Front Seat Comfort Pack, Heated Electric Front Seats with Drivers Memory, Electric Steering Column, Cruise Control, Xenon Headlights, Front and Rear Park Assist, Dual Zone Climate Control, Multi-Function Sports Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, CD Radio with iPod connection and BOSE sound system, Electric Folding Mirrors, Aluminium Sports Pedals, Door Sill Plates in Alutex, Brand New Car Cover plus much more. This Stunning Example also comes with a Full Maserati Service History completed H.R Owen Maserati London on 30/04/13 at 1542 Miles, 09/07/15 at 2573 Miles and finally on by Motorline Maserati Maidstone on 22/04/17 at 4964 Miles. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the UK so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 7382 mi
    • Engine size: 4.7
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    £44,900 £44,900
  • Maserati GranTurismo

    £99,950 £99,950

    Variant name:GRANCABRIO MC ,Derivative:M145 ,Variant: GRANCABRIO MC Centennial Edition. -RESERVED 2018 (67) Maserati Gran Cabrio MC Centennial Edition. Exciting recent acquisition, due imminently. Furness Park are delighted to offer what is one of the most exclusive and stunning Maserati's of recent times, the GranCabrio MC Centennial Edition. Created to celebrate 100 years of the Trident Badge, Maserati have produced this special edition Gran Cabrio which is unrivalled in its performance, power and craftsmanship. Presented in Rosso Magma Red which in the words of Maserati themselves was 'designed to achieve the appearance of motion, even when the car is stationary. Applied in three coats, the shade varies subtly depending on the light to reveal deep undertones of purple and blue: perfection at 0km/h.' The gorgeous Magma Red Paintwork is complimented with a Carbon Fibre Rear Spoiler, Lip Spoiler, Bonnet, Wing Mirror Casings and Door Handles. The addition of the unique Maserati Centennial logo proudly emblazoned on the hubcaps and door sills also pays homage to one hundred years of Maserati excellence. The interior is offered in contrast Black Italian Premium leather upholstery which receives an extra touch of luxury from the unusual white double stitching that defines the profiles of the seats and the central tunnel panel along with red panel inserts to compliment the Magma Red Bodywork. Simply breathtaking! This really is a superb opportunity with just over 6,000 miles and a list of optional extras which include; 20" MC Design Alloy Wheels with Bianco Colour Finishing, Carbo Fibre Bonnet, Bose Sound System, Grigio Beluga Soft Top, Wind Deflector, Red Anodised Brake Calipers, MC Design Aluminium Pedals, Comfort Pack for Front Seats, IPOD Connection, Ecochrome Interior Trim, Centennial Wheel Caps, Centennial Door Sills, Carbon Fibre Head Rest Mouldings, Carbon Fibre Door Handles, Wing Mirrors and Front and Rear Spoilers, Twin Exhaust Pips, Satellite Navigation and Red Contrast Stitching. A rare opportunity to own a very exclusive vehicle.

    • Year: 2018
    • Mileage: 6000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.7
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    £99,950 £99,950
  • Maserati Granturismo

    £31,995 £31,995

    Make: Maserati Model: Granturismo First Registered: 08/05/2008 (08) Mileage: 38,071 Miles Previous Owners: 3 Engine: 4.2 Ltr Transmission: MC Shift Paint Colour: Bordeaux Pontevecchio Trim Colour: Nero Leather Carpet Colour: Nero Doors: 2 Seats: 4 MOT: November 2018 TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 38071 mi
    For sale
    £31,995 £31,995
  • Maserati Granturismo S MC Shift

    £42,950 £42,950

    A fantastic high spec late model Granturismo S 4.7 MC Shift finished in Grigio Granito metallic paint over full Black leather interior. The car has a full Maserati service history with supplying dealer HR Owen. Spec includes: SAT NAV / BLUETOOTH / SHADOW LINE / INTERIOR CARBON PACK / RED CALIPERS / NERO CARPETS WITH GRIGIO MEDIO PIPING / MC DESIGN METAL PEDALS / TRACKER / BOSE STEREO / COMFORT PACK FRONT SEATS / IPOD CONNECTION / FRONT AND REAR PARKING SENSORS / BI-XENON HEADLIGHTS / 20" NEPTUNE ALLOYS. The car is in excellent condition and had a major service at HR Owen Maserati in Dec 16 at 31k miles so next one is not due until Dec 18. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please call or email and we will be happy to help.

    • Mileage: 33000 mi
    For sale
    £42,950 £42,950
  • Maserati GranTurismo 4.7 MC Shift

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    Finished in Grigio Alfieri Metallic with full Nero hide interior featuring silver contrast stitch and black piano facia and door cappings. This is a high specification GranTurismo fitted with the MC Paddle Shift, sport mode including sky hook suspension. Full infotainment featuring navigation, bluetooth, electric and heated seats, tracker monitoring and parking sensors. The alloy wheels are 20″ in grey powder coat with contrasting black calipers. Supplied with full Maserati dealer history and in stunning condition throughout. This GranTurismo MC Shift 4.7 S has just been serviced, detailed and fully prepared and therefore immediately available to a new owner.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 51000 mi
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  • Maserati Granturismo ON SALE NOW

    £39,995 £39,995

    Maundrells are pleased to offer this Maserati Granturismo S, first supplied by Maserati Swindon this vehicle has a full Maserati history; 03/07/13 Maserati Swindon at 13,148 miles. 28/08/14 Maserati Swindon at 25,327 miles. 22/09/16 Maserati Swindon at 36,960 miles. A pre-sale inspection has been carried out in our on site workshop by specialist technicians resulting in four new tyres and all four wheels being professionally refurbished. This Maserati Granturismo S presented in Nero Carbonio comes with the following specification; black leather with contrast red stitch, electric heated seats with memory, multi-function leather steering wheel, dual zone climate control, navigation, bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control, automatic dimming rear view mirror, automatic Xenon lights, rain sensor, park assist front and rear and 20" Neptune alloy wheels finished in Grigio Mercury. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Coupe Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 42,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2012 (12) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 4.7 Finished in: Nero Carbonio

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 42000 mi
    For sale
    £39,995 £39,995