Pros: Surprisingly accessible price point for Maserati cachet; incredible engine among best on the market; four seats not as tight as you might think

Cons: Aging design now six years old -- though it still turns heads; Maserati depreciation is difficult to endure; no trick dual-clutch automatic like Ferrari

What's new: The 2013 Maserati GranTurismo gets only minor trim level changes for the new model year. Otherwise, it's carried over mostly unchanged.

Overview:

The Maserati GranTurismo debuted in 2008 as a replacement to the simply named Maserati Coupe and Spyder. A high-performance GranTurismo S debuted for 2009, while the soft-top GranTurismo convertible arrived for the 2010 model year. All GranTurismo models offer four seats and a front-mounted V8.

Today's GranTurismo uses a 4.7-liter V8 and comes in four styles: two coupes and two convertibles. The base-level GranTurismo is offered only in convertible guise and produces 433 horsepower. The mid-range Sport convertible offers 444 hp, while the Sport coupe boasts 454. Also available is a high-performance, coupe-only GranTurismo MC Stradale. That model makes the same 444 hp as the Sport convertible.

The 2013 Maserati GranTurismo starts at $127,000 for a Sport coupe. A base-level convertible is just over $135,000 before options. The MC Stradale coupe and Sport convertible both start at just under $143,000. All GranTurismo models use a 6-speed automatic that propels the cars to 60 mph in under five seconds.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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