Maserati has officially revealed the refreshed 2018 GranTurismo Convertible at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed which takes place at West Sussex, England, on June 29 to July 2. The new GranTurismo gets minor changes on its exterior and interior design, as well as updated features. Long before the new GranTurismo convertible was unleashed at the Goodwood last week, its coupe version had already been introduced at the New York Stock Exchange with some minor updates as well. And now the new model has been divided into two variants only, which includes Sport and “MC” aka Maserati Corse.
The front-end design features new hexagonal grille similar to the 2014 Alfieri concept which can help reduce its drag coefficient from 0.33-0.32 for the new GranTurismo coupe and 0.35-0.33 for its convertible version. Since the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo is only gets minor changes, both versions are equipped with redesigned front fascia with new lower air ducts and new aerodynamic front/read bumper. Inside the cabin, the new GranTurismo interior offers several new features that include an FCA infotainment system with 8.4-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
2018 Maserati GranTurismo Specs
Maserati has also redesigned its center console with a forged aluminum rotary dial controller. While the button cluster for the driving modes selector is now placed next to the gearshift lever or in the lower central console. In addition, there are also some standard interior features such as Harman Kardon premium audio system, Poltrona Frau leather trim and Maserati double dial clock. Buyers can also order Alcantara trim which is only available as optional.
Under its hood, the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.7-liter V8 engine paired to six-speed ZF automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive setup. This V8 engine gets a special tuning that makes its peak output increase to 460 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm and 384 lb-ft of torque @ 4,750 rpm. As we know that the old GranTurismo model can only deliver 444 HP and 376 lb-ft of torque. This means the 4.7L V8 engine is getting increased power and torque by 12 HP and 8 lb-ft of torque over the previous generation models. As a result, the new GranTurismo Sport is claimed to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds with top speed of 186 mph, while the MC version takes only 4.7 seconds and top speed reaches 187 mph.
2018 Maserati GranTurismo Price and Release Date
The Italian luxury car maker has yet to announce the release date and price tag for the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo, but this road-legal super sports car is expected to arrive at US dealerships around 2018. The price is expected to be not much different from the 2017 model year which starts at $132,825 for the GranTurismo Sport Automatic and $145,740 for the GranTurismo convertible. The new model is targeted to compete in its class with the Mercedes-AMG S63 cabriolet and Porsche 911 Carrera. Our source also informed that Maserati is now preparing a successor for GranTurismo in the near future but will only be offered as a coupe variant.
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