The 2013 Maserati Gran Turismo Sport. Change is Good.
Updated October 1, 2012
Maserati is a name that rings bells world wide, and some to most people have forgotten that the Maserati name was deeply involved in the international racing scene. With that said Maserati has some pretty big plans to not only improve upon their name sake, but also make a hefty bid, as far as becoming a well known name in the racing circuit.
The 2013 Maserati Gran Turismo Sport is a sexy looking vehicle that speaks primarily to the mind, and then to the body. What I mean by this is, the lines of the car take you away to a place where banked, curvy roads are in abundance, and arrow straight roads never end. The new Gran Turismo is Maserati’s pledge to a few things, in the automotive world. One being, the thrill of hearing a raspy V8 motor come from a car that has a looks of a killer. Second would be, that the new 2013 Maserati Gran Turismo Sport is set to replace not one, but two previous models. (Gran Turismo S & Gran Turismo S Automatic) Finally, this new entry in the world will signify a solid launch into the international racing circuits of the world.
The Sport will come standard with a 453hp, V8 engine that when coupled to a six speed gearbox will produced about 384lb feet of torque. The GT Sport model has been upgraded with a new set of longer column mounted shift paddles to help any driver rip through the gears more efficiently. Maserati has said that in conjunction with the horse power numbers, a firm set of Perelli P-Zero wrapped 20” wheels will allow the skilled driver to reach 62mph in 4.8 seconds, and then keep pushing it to a max speed of 185mph. The 2013 Maserati Gran Turismo Sport weighs in at a hefty 4,100 pounds, but you would never guess that when you look at it. The snake like front fascia has a very eye catching look with it’s daytime LED headlights, that now can swivel a full 15 degrees when the driver turns into the corners. The body lines are slightly reminiscent of an early seventies Corvette, with it’s high, sharp wheel arches, and narrow waist line.
The interior for the 2013 GT Sport is that of an elegant race car. Milk White leather wraps the entire cabin with poise, and refinement. The front seats, as well as the rear, have deep, grab you by the hips lumbar support. But do you really want to stick anybody in the back of this car? It just wouldn’t make sense. The one thing I will say that doesn’t work for this car is the dash board. There are more buttons on the dash, than you know what to do with, and to make it worse they’re all small. I didn’t think Italians had such small hands. The built in screen provides a certain level of info-tainment, such as music, Sat-Nav, and Blutooth integration.
The 2013 Maserati Gran Turismo Sport has stolen a page, or two out of the Aston Martin Manufacturers Manual so to speak. This new GT Sport’s features not only have it replacing two similar models, but now has better performance numbers than it’s more expensive sibling, the GT MC. Which then begs the question, why is the MC still more expensive? The GT Sport should be available now, and will cost around $130,000 US dollars. That price can fluctuate depending on the little extras you can entice out of the dealer during the transaction.