Maserati GranTurismo Sport 

  • $122k built in Italy
  • 2012
  • 444 HP 4.7L
  • 176 mph
In fact, it makes you wonder why it’s taken Maserati this long to produce it, as this Sport edition is the Maserati GranTurismo as it always should have been.
by EVO (May, 2012)
It’s more spacious than most others (even if the trunk is tiny), it’s not outrageously expensive by the standards of the segment, it offers incredibly luxurious accommodations, and it just might have more character than the whole bunch combined.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2011)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Maserati GranTurismo Sport

Top speed

GranTurismo Sport
176 mph
Model S
130 mph
Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph

1/4 mile

GranTurismo Sport
13.5 s
Gallardo
12.3 s
California
12.3 s

Data points Key details of the Maserati GranTurismo Sport

Price

GranTurismo Sport
$122k
California
$192k

Horsepower

GranTurismo Sport
444 HP
Vantage
380 HP
Gallardo
500 HP

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Powertrain

Next year’s introduction of the new Quattroporte heralds a new generation of turbocharged engines and Maserati insiders tell me they can’t make them sound nearly as beautiful as this 4.7-litre V8, so this could be your last chance to buy a Maserati powered by this charismatic engine.
by EVO (May, 2012)
Compared with its lesser sibling, the droptop Sport exhales through a freer-flowing exhaust, the main purpose of which seems to be to create as much beautiful noise as is legally allowed.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2011)
The engine now ‘blips’ electronically on downshifts when you’re shifting manually, and most drivers might be fooled into thinking they’re driving a GranTurismo fitted with the automated manual, and not a pure automatic version.
by EVO (May, 2012)

Engine

We predict the V-8 will haul the 4600-pound droptop to 60 in 4.8 seconds.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2011)
By tweaking the pistons, valve timing and the engine ECU, Maserati has managed to squeeze a further 21bhp and 23lb ft from the (Ferrari built) 4.7, so long as 98 RON fuel is being used.
by EVO (May, 2012)
Then a legion of uprated 4.7-liter V-8s ignited with a snarl, and peace and elegance were the last things on our minds.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2011)

Body style

To be sure, the GranTurismo Convertible Sport is an enjoyable companion in nearly every situation, but it’s less full-bore sporty than its sinister looks and capital-S “Sport” badge might let on.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2011)
It’s an evolution of the regular GranTurismo convertible’s 433-horse 4.7-liter with less internal friction, thanks to a revised oil sump and slipperier coatings for the valve tappets and cam lobes.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2011)
But the GranTurismo Convertible Sport's 444-hp variation of the 4.7-liter V-8 is sure to create a few converts.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2011)

Performance

The fact is, when you’ve got the Maserati’s V8 singing towards the redline down your favourite stretch of road, you won’t care about what its rivals are because you’ll be drowning in what must be one of the best sounding cars of all time.
by EVO (May, 2012)
The brakes have different (and lighter) discs front and rear, topped off with new aluminium callipers (six-pot front, four-pot rear), painted a sporting blue unless specified otherwise by the customer.
by EVO (May, 2012)
The torque-converter’s gearchanges have been speeded up dramatically, dropping from 400ms to 200ms when the sport button is pressed.
by EVO (May, 2012)

Kind

The 2012 GranTurismo Sport uses a 4.7-litre V8 engine, and sits between the regular GT and the hardcore MC Stradale, replacing the GranTurismo S. The Sport is available with either a six-speed ZF torque-converter automatic gearbox or Maserati’s robotised, single clutch, six-speed transaxle transmission.
by EVO (May, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Maserati
Price $121,500
Type of car Production car
Year 2012
City mileage 12 MPG
Highway mileage 21 MPG

transmission

Drivetrain RWD
Shift system Automatic
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears

engine

Displacement 4,700 cc
Cylinders V8
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Bore/stroke 3.7 in / 3.3 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

road tests

Top speed 176 mph
1/4 mile 13.5 s
Hockenheim short lap time 1:14.50

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.81 lb/hp
Maximum hp 444 HP
Maximum torque 377 ft-lb
Max RPM 7,200 RPM
Engine placement Front
Steering system Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,356 lb
Width 75.4 in
Height 53.3 in
Length 192.2 in
Wheelbase 115.8 in
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