Like an aging Italian wine, the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo is still smooth, tasty and satisfying — if a little behind the times.
The GranTurismo is ready for its update, as almost all competitors have shifted to turbocharged engines, transmissions with more gears, electronically adaptive suspensions and advanced connectivity options. The GranTurismo instead banks on its looks, heritage and ongoing cachet, of which it has plenty.
What’s the difference between a sports car and a grand touring car? It’s a subtle distinction, but an important one when discussing expensive or exotic machinery like the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo convertible seen here. This grand touring car, a “GT,” is meant to be fast, but it’s not meant to be a track star. You could take a GT onto a track for some fun, but you’re much more likely to take one down a coastal road to dinner on the shore with a couple of friends along. GTs tend to have more seats, a softer ride and handling, and more creature comforts than sports cars. The Maserati GranTurismo I spent some time with recently fits this role perfectly.
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