I recently had the chance to drive a Maserati GranTurismo, and it reinforced something I’ve always felt: the GranTurismo is really the only good Maserati. Granted, I actually like the Ghibli and the Quattroporte and the Levante, but they’re all too expensive — but the GranTurismo, well… it’s also too expensive. But it’s fast, it’s fun, it’s cool, and it loses value really, really fast, which is a benefit if you want to buy one used.
Let’s go through the basics. Right now, the Maserati GranTurismo starts from around $135,000, and the convertible version starts from $151,000. This is an enormous amount of money; even though these cars feature a 454-horsepower 4.7-liter V8, even though they do 186 mph, even though they’ll run from 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds, it’s just big money. The Mercedes-AMG GT is objectively better in basically every way.
But here’s the trick: the Maserati GranTurismo is best bought used. And I don’t mean like "wait until it’s ten years old and then you can afford it" used. I mean the one I drove was a couple of years old, and it’s already half price. That’s not an exaggeration. Meanwhile, go on Autotrader and you can easily find the earliest GranTurismo models in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. If you want to be somewhere in between $20,000 and $75,000, well, pick your year — you’ll find a GranTurismo that suits your liking.
Of course, none of this stuff really matters if the GranTurismo is a bad car — but I’m happy to say that it really isn’t. Yes, the technology is wildly, laughably outdated. But the GranTurismo is the only Maserati that doesn’t feel like something else with a Maserati badge. It has a loud engine with a truly fantastic exhaust note; one of the best in the industry, in my opinion. That engine propels it shockingly fast, and it touts truly excellent acceleration. No, it’s not on the level of an AMG GT, but remember, it’s also a lot cheaper — at least, as a used car.
The best part of the GranTurismo, to me, is the handling. Despite its long body and its GT car status, the GranTurismo is very quick, very spry, very enjoyable to send around corners. Again, it’s no true sports car like the Porsche 911 or AMG GT, but it’s exciting nonetheless — boasting little body roll, sharp steering, and that amazing sound when it exits a corner. It’s a lot of fun — especially for $75,000. Or $65,000. Or $55,000.
The other big benefit of the GranTurismo is, let’s face it, the brand name. No, it’s not as thrilling or exciting as a Porsche 911 or an AMG GT — but the Maserati brand name is still strong, still evocative of something tremendously exotic, still exciting. And to many people, that helps to make up some for of its shortcomings — especially when you can buy an exotic, cool, special Maserati for less than the price of a more pedestrian brand like a Porsche or a Mercedes-Benz.
With all this in mind, the GranTurismo is a good car — it’s fast, it’s fun, it looks exotic, it looks special, and it has the all-important Maserati badge on the front. No, it’s not the best sports car on the market, but it has a nice combination of desirable traits — and it’s easy to see why it’s the most impressive Maserati you can buy. Find a Maserati GranTurismo for sale
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