Despite its stunning looks, the Maserati Gran Turismo has been with us for almost a decade now. Earlier on, the automaker was planning to replace the model with a smaller version which was previewed by the Alfieri concept; the automaker has, however, put those plans on hold for the time being. Instead, Maserati is giving the GT a revamp for the 2018 model year. The new 2018 Maserati Gran Turismo will have only two trims, Sport and MC (MC stands for Maserati Corse). The model was revealed recently on Wall Street by Maserati’s CEO Reid Bigland.
2018 Maserati Gran Turismo Exterior
To keep the Maserati GT fresh, the automaker has released a revised model of the GT for the 2018 model year. The model wears a number of changes. These changes are more apparent at the front where its signature hexagonal grille features a “shark nose”. The grille is also larger and has a chrome frame. The grille has a 3D effect and is designed to enhance airflow as well as lower aerodynamic drag. The bumper is also larger. Side air vents have been optimized for better aero efficiency. On the MC trim, there is a larger splitter. The changes make the front look more intimidating in addition to lowering aerodynamic drag to 0.32 compared to the outgoing model’s 0.33 rating. The headlights feature modified LED DRLs. On the MC, the headlights have a dark finish. The MC also features a carbon-fiber hood that integrates downforce-enhancing air vents.
The flanks are characterized by new vertical vents on the front fenders while the side skirts have been revised. You will definitely spot the model’s 20-inch Trofeo Silver rollers wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires. There are 14 light alloy wheels to choose from and they are offered in 6 designs including a forged aluminum design.
The rear, on the other hand, features a larger lip spoiler as well as a modified diffuser. To set the two models apart, the Sport features oval exhaust tips at the extreme edges of the bumper while the MC features round exhaust tips at the center of the bumper.
Buyers will have a wide variety of exterior colors to choose from, 16 in total. In addition, Maserati is also offering a three-layer hue (Blue Assoluto) in addition to the previously available four, three-layer colors. There is also an option for a carbon exterior package.
The model’s size remains unchanged; it’s 194.2 inches long, 75.4 inches wide and 53.3 inches tall while its wheelbase spans 115.8 inches.
2018 Maserati Gran Turismo Interior
The cabin also features a host of revisions but like the exterior, they are not that much revolutionary. To start with, the passenger-side of the dash has been hooked up with a sculpted look. The 4-seats are still wrapped in Paltrona Frau Leather but the automaker has added a high-fashion stitching on leather as well as Alcantara-wrapped surfaces.
The center console has also been upgraded to look cleaner; as such, it features a double rotary dial and few buttons. The console is finished in a forged aluminum trim. There is also a new 8.4-inch touch-screen that hosts the model’s infotainment system. For connectivity, users can access various apps supported by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which are standard for all models. Audiophiles are not left out as the car comes with a premium Harman Kardon audio system.
In addition, Maserati has added a new clock that has a double dial at the center of the dash for a premium look. Buyers can also choose among 8 interior colors on offer as well as 5 interior trims including Black Piano, Carbon Fiber and Walnut Briarwood.
Although not revolutionary or innovative, the facelift serves to keep the Maserati GT fresh to ensure it remains competitive against the newer versions of its competitors.
Engine and performance
Under the hood, the two trim levels will share a single mill since the base 4.2 L, the V-8 mill has been dropped. The unit left to do the job is the 4.7 L, V-8 good for 454 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. On both models, the engine will use a 6-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The engine powers the Sport trim to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds while the lighter, track-focused MC needs 4.4 seconds to make the same run. The Sport has a top speed of 185 mph while the MC trim has a top speed of 186 mph.
Price and release date
Maserati has not announced official prices of the GT but considering that the new changes are not that significant, I don’t expect the prices to change over much. Expect the Sport to attract an MSRP of around $135,000 with the performance-oriented MC fetching in excess of $153,000. Adding extras will further increase the models prices. Sales will commence in the last quarter of this year in the U.S. while other markets will get the model in the first quarter of 2018.