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Is the Maserati GranTurismo Ugly or Attractive?

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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2017

In the great world of automotive appearances, I've found very few vehicles that split opinions like the Maserati GranTurismo. Some people think it's tremendously beautiful. Others say it's wildly unattractive. What do you think?

I'll give you my opinion: I've never liked how the GranTurismo looks. The front end is way too long -- and while I like some cars with long front ends, I hate the giant fender flares that come up and add unnecessary bulk to the front of the car. If you see the GranTurismo from the rear three-quarter angle, the fender flares make it look like there's something sitting on top of the hood.

For this same reason, I always thought the Mazda RX-8 was one of the ugliest modern vehicles -- a car with way too much front end, and way too much bizarre fender flare. To me, it never looked right.

The GranTurismo also has another problem, and that's its giant, wide-open, gaping mouth in front. Have you seen this front end? It looks like a largemouth bass slowly glug-glug-glugging its way through the water. It doesn't look attractive or aggressive -- it just looks like a confused, slow-moving fish.

Not helping things is the fact that the GranTurismo is, by modern standards, totally ancient. It came out for the 2008 model year and it hasn't been redesigned since, placing it perilously close to being named one of the oldest cars on the market -- an honor it would share with vehicles like the Nissan Frontier, Mercedes G-Class and Chevrolet Express cargo van. To me, it just doesn't look modern anymore.

Needless to say, I'm probably in the minority here. Whenever I share these opinions with other people, I'm told that the Maserati GranTurismo is actually one of the most beautiful cars on the market, and it's got these gorgeous, exotic, beautiful lines, and I must be quite stupid for questioning the brilliant Italians. But some people agree with me -- strongly -- and express their similar negative feelings towards the GranTurismo's aging design. Either way, few people seem to be indifferent.

And what about you? Do you think I'm right or wrong about the GranTurismo?

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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