- The Maserati GranTurismo 2024 is back for a new generation, bringing a more beautiful body that must be seen to be appreciated.
- The GT also has a very different powertrain, swapping the naturally aspirated V-8 for a new twin-turbo V-6 and adding an EV variant.
- Maserati has presented the new GranTurismo with a well-appointed interior and many modern technological features.
It’s been a minute since we saw the new Maserati GranTurismo. Not only because the Italian 2+2 grand tourer has been on hiatus since 2019, but also because the latest version has bones dating back to the George W. Bush administration. That changes with the debut of the GranTurismo 2024, which uses an entirely new platform and doesn’t have the same body panels as its predecessor. And in case you haven’t heard, the redesigned GT is also the cradle for Maserati’s first electric model, dubbed the Folgore.
A glance at the redesigned GranTurismo reveals a sexy style reminiscent of the model it replaces. Sure, the new car doesn’t look radically different in the pictures, but we had the opportunity to see the coupe up close and personal at the Maserati studio in Turin, Italy, where its evolutionary changes made an even bigger impact. Trust us when we say that the redrawn body lines, more beautiful curves, and longer and wider proportions are absolutely drool-worthy, especially when they are covered in a shimmering red paint called Rosso GranTurismo. The Folgore is also present, with an aero-optimized lower front fascia and specially designed wheels that separate it from its gas-fueled counterparts.
The GT headlights are the most striking new visual detail, due to the vertical versus horizontal mount. It’s the same look worn by the Maserati MC20 supercar, which also appears to have inspired the GranTurismo’s more refined, rounded grille shape with the new 3D-printed Trident logo. Opposite the restyled taillights, the hood has a hidden crease from the muzzle of the car towards the cover. The hood also blends into the front fender, creating a clamshell design. Note that the three peepholes on the front side of the GT are smaller and appear taller than before as well. On the Folgore, the top trim on the peephole is lit.
So Different Under The Skin
Maserati may not stray far from the last GT design language, but it has made radical changes elsewhere. Unlike its rear-wheel-only predecessor, each GranTurismo has an all-wheel drive system with electronic rear locking diffs. The old Ferrari’s naturally aspirated 4.7-liter V-8 engine—with 454 horsepower—is also missing. It has been replaced by Maserati’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, known as the Nettuno, which debuted in the MC20. However, the GT version has been detuned, features cylinder deactivation, and uses a wet-sump oil system instead of the more exotic dry-sump setup.
The GranTurismo engine is mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and produces 483 horsepower on the entry-level Modena and 542 hp on the higher-performance Trofeo. How fast are they? Well, Maserati predicts the Modena will hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and the Trofeo will do it in 3.5 seconds. It was about a full second faster than before. Both also claim top speeds of 188 and 199 mph, respectively.
Every Maserati GranTurismo has a double-wishbone front suspension with a multilink rear arrangement. Air springs and adaptive dampers are also standard. 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheel float suspenders, with a set of staggered tires measuring 265/30 up front and 295/30 rear. Stopping power is provided by Brembo, with fixed six-piston front calipers and four-pot fixed rear clamp.
Thanks to its new modular platform, the GranTurismo was designed from the start to be an EV. The Folgore has an 800 volt electrical architecture, and is said to allow fast DC charging speeds of up to 270 kW. This electric grand tourer has a custom designed T-shaped battery pack, doesn’t affect the car’s packaging, and has a usable capacity of 83.0 kWh. We don’t know the approximate range yet, but Maserati claims it will go over 250 miles per charge. Since that figure is based on the European WLTP test cycle, we suspect the actual EPA range will be around 210 miles.
The Folgore has three electric motors; one powers the front axle and the other two are separated, meaning one each powers each rear wheel. Together the three produce a combined 750 horsepower. There is also a selectable drive mode that sends power only to the rear rollers. Electric donut, anyone? Maserati estimates the Folgore will accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds and from zero to 124 mph in 8.8 seconds. We were told this performance is repeatable and the EV has a top speed of 199 mph.
Log in to GT
Unfortunately, Maserati isn’t ready to show the world what the inside of the new GranTurismo will look like, so you’ll have to use your imagination until it’s revealed. We were told that the design was inspired by the MC20 and the recently introduced Maserati Grecale compact SUV. As such, it’s fairly easy to imagine the GT having the same aesthetic as those models. Also expect luxurious materials and impeccable craftsmanship. Adults forced to sit in the backseat will have slightly more legroom than before, with Maserati saying it adds about 1.8 inches of legroom back there.
GranTurismo enters the digital age with a configurable 12.2-inch digital gauge cluster. The trademark watch that has traditionally been in the center of the dashboard remains, except that it is now digital and features interchangeable faces. There’s an Android-based infotainment system running through a 12.3-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless are standard; Amazon Alexa voice control is also part of the package.
Along with the main screen, there’s a separate 8.8-inch touchscreen that likely provides controls for the climate system and the like, just like in the Grecale. Audiophiles should appreciate the Sonus Faber stereo, which includes a standard 14-speaker, 860-watt configuration or a 19-speaker, 1195-watt setup. The new GranTurismo has a number of driver assistance, such as a 360-degree camera system, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane guard assistance.
How much does it cost?
As before, the Maserati GranTurismo 2024 will be available in two body models: coupe and convertible (aka GranCabrio). While droptop versions of gas and electric variants will be offered, neither will be available when the car launches, and they probably won’t arrive until the 2025 model year.
Maserati is expected to announce official prices close to the car’s US launch in the second quarter of next year. Modena’s base price will likely start under $200,000. The Trofeo will obviously cost more, as will the electric Folgore, which will arrive sometime after the two gas-powered versions go on sale.
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