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  1. Maserati GranTurismo Sport Review: Truly Romanage

Maserati GranTurismo Sport Review: Truly Romanage

29th May 2017

"The heart wants what it wants"
This quote definitely holds true when one desires and craves for that extra special something that sets heartbeats racing on first glimpse. We as staunch car enthusiasts were completely bowled over when our eyes lay on the most alluring grand tourer from the city of Modena, Italy, popularly known as the Maserati GranTurismo Sport. A two door, four seater coupe, the GranTurismo Sport is one of the most exclusive and rare offerings from the Italian Automotive Giant for the brand's ardent lovers. An added feather in its cap being, that most of the parts are shared with the renowned Ferrari 599 GTB and Scaglietti.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and since then there has been an endless outpouring of tremendous accolades and appreciation from the automobile critics, thereby carving a niche for itself. We couldn't help admiring this beauty and marveling at our favourable zodiac predictions for the day, we went for a full exhaustive review of this Italian beast.

Beauty at its best!

A flurry of exclamations follow when one gets a mere sight of the Maserati GT Sport. It is reminiscent of the other exotic Maserati models on offer and a short stint with this exquisite masterpiece will allow the GranTurismo Sport's design to quickly grow on your senses. The car design looks purposeful and dynamic along with a hint of practicality and sportiness to get the enthusiastic hearts racing.

The front end looks striking and fanciful and turns head while the GT cruises effortlessly down a busy street. The long bonnet has fine distinct creases flowing seamlessly downwards and together with the big ovular radiator grille that is stacked with 19 vertical curved chrome slats, the sight is akin to an exceptional artistic creation.The ever famous and royal Maserati Trident logo is positioned neatly in the centre of the grille and looks flattering.

The distinctive outlining of the headlamps is a newfangled innovative design concept and truly sets new benchmarks in the segment. The vertical configuration of the LED daytime running lights together with the circular shape of the bi-xenon lights and turn indicators are a real treat for the eyes.

The arc shaped air intakes complement the front menacing look to a great extent. However, one needs to be careful of the slightly protruding front overhang in tight parking spaces and bumper to bumper traffic although sensors have been placed strategically to avoid any damage upfront.

The side profile in all honesty can be given the "exhibitionist's" tag and qualifies to be a real attention magnet with that stylish pronounced waistline towards the rear that merges perfectly with the boot. The car when seen from a straight horizontal view looks impressive courtesy the fusion of a retro modern design language.

The Italians have indeed come up with a splendid machine on four wheels that can give a tough competition to more ostentatious offerings from other rival brands. The enticing triple air vents on each side behind the front wheels look contemporary and are a reminiscence of the legacy and prestige of Maserati's design philosophy.

The grace and charm of the 7 spoke 20 inch silver Neptune wheels with red brake calipers in the background beckons to be admired, while accentuating the side appeal.

The rear profile looks swanky and gorgeous with the alluring integrated spoiler and glittering curvy shaped light panel that are adjoined by a sleek chrome boot lid lining, above which sits the well chiseled Italics sculpted Maserati inscription. The oval shaped exhausts are placed in a black housing and emit a blissful roar when in action, which is a delight to experience.

A Sporty Setup on the Inside

One of the most well- crafted interior setup beholds you on entering the GranTurismo Sport. The meticulous arrangement on the dashboard with a host of switches and buttons is one to reckon with and speaks volumes of the Italian craftsmanship and ability in bringing out one of the best cabin ambience experiences.

The clock placement in the centre of the A/C vents with a chrome outlining exudes a regal touch. The Maserati Multimedia System consisting of the 7 inch screen displays a host of information particularly catering to navigation, voice control, music settings and access to the 30GB hard disk drive.

The plush seats engulf you in extreme comfort, as you sit a bit low in this car and the side bolstering prevents a person from swinging around when the car is cutting tight corners on a twisty race track. The minutest attention has been given to the eye catching fantabulous upholstery that is simply next to none. The sporty seats with the integrated head restraints truly arouse the racer feeling within an enthusiast.

The Trident logo is embedded with extreme care on the head restraints whose look is complemented with fine stitching on all seats, thus raising the opulence factor. One can even opt for the heating option (driver and co-passenger seats) and driver's seat memory setting option to spice up things in the front.

The three spoke multi-function sports steering wheel is a delight to hold and can be customized if so desired for powered height and reach. Its speed sensitive nature is a breeze to drive through the city and weighs up considerably at higher speeds.The Maserati fidelity sound system lends contentment and gratification with its crystal clear sound experience and things do take a turn for the good when one sees the Bose Surround System on the custom options that is an undoubted pick of the lot for a car of this stature.

The rear seats are accessible by electronically shifting and folding the front seats. Spending some frutiful moments at the rear seats never left us wanting for anything else and we did not have any cause for complain as the rear setup too is inviting and soothing just like its front counterpart.

Engine and Driving Dynamics

A lively and spitfire 4.7litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine churning 460 bhp and 520 Nm of torque steals the limelight and takes centre stage with its enthusiastic and eager nature.

The 6 speed ZF tranny with the MC Auto shift software doing honors on this GT carries with it a whale of a sensation to flabbergast you with its brisk and harefooted nature on downshifting that highlights the scintillating engine revs. One is surely in for a treat!

The gear shifting is smooth and precise and delivers exceedingly well on every parameter that enables a person to enjoy the ballistic surge of power on tap. The Maserati GranTurismo Sport can do some serious high speed stuff that translates into a 0-100kmph timing of 4.8seconds with a top whack of 298 km/hr.

This GT truly transcends one's driving experience with the highlight being a dedicated SPORT button which unleashes the raw potential of this sporty grand tourer. Boy oh boy! The Maserati truly acquires a beastly form and surely the enthusiasts know what follows next.

The fast gear shifting and prompt accelerator response beholds one and is party to exclamations. The aural bliss of the exhausts is addictive and since the bypass valves get opened on pressing the sport button, even the onlookers have a thrill for their ears. The renowned adaptive 'Skyhook' stiffens the dampers giving extra confidence at high speeds to put the car through its paces and one can indeed witness sheer agility and uncompromised dynamics to the fullest.

Maserati truly doesn't want to deprive the fun loving petrol heads of a sports car like feel!

 

Alternatively, on disengaging the Sports mode, the ride becomes plusher as the dampers soften a bit and the GT counters the bumps and road undulations with utmost confidence.

Whats the trick behind it all?

This is what Maserati's detailed brochure reads!

The sophist intellect at its best!

The modernistic computer controlled Skyhook suspension system ensures one of the most pliant ride qualities on board through active control of the damping setup, without compromising on the sporty aspect. The mechanism incorporates the use of acceleration sensors that register the movement of the vehicle and the wheels. This data is skillfully transmitted to a control unit that further interprets the road surface conditions and adjusts the shock absorbers accordingly to suit one's driving style.

The Skyhook suspension further raises the bar with its anti-dive, anti -squat and anti-roll functions. The first function ensures that the vehicle doesn't bend too much forward while braking at high speeds and the second guarantees a minimalistic pitching down effect when accelerating hard. The third one largely maintains the upright posture of the vehicle which indeed is a boon for enthusiastic cornering on a twisty race track.In the safety aspect, the Maserati GranTurismo Sport is loaded to the brim with a host of airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system, alarm system and the Maserati Stability Program (a system that apprehends a potential skid and reduces the engine torque, activates brakes and stabilizes the car within milliseconds) and the famed Brembo brakes (incorporates the use of light alloy piston calipers and large sized cross drilled ventilated discs) to name a few.

The Maserati GranTurismo Sport proves to be a real deal breaker with such a stupendous level of performance and dynamics and courtesy the legendary Trident logo, it charts out a distinct identity for itself. And for now, the exclusive four wheel exotic can be experienced with sheer enthusiasm and admiration at Big Boy Toyz.

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