Maserati has a reputation for building some of the world's best high-performance cars. The 2009 GranTurismo maintains that tradition without getting too invested in the company's history of making sport vehicles. Although it offers a ton of power and speed, the GranTurismo works well as an everyday car as well as a way to escape on beautiful, sunny days.
The 2009 Maserati GranTurismo has a customizable interior that makes it entirely your own. It also offers plenty of space for four passengers. That's rare amongst sporty cars like this, even though many claim to offer enough room for four.
Overall, this provides an excellent car option. It also comes at a high price. If you can afford it, though, you will have trouble finding a better option for all-around performance and comfort.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8, 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, automated manual
Models: Maserati GranTurismo base, Maserati GranTurismo S
Maserati adds a Bose multimedia system to the 2009 GranTurismo. The S trim level also joins the lineup, offering a 4.7-liter V-8 engine and automated manual transmission.
The 2009 Maserati GranTurismo’s exterior stands out, even when compared with other high-performance vehicles. It has a sleek, cool design that makes any car lover jealous. From the front, you could be looking at a bullet with a friendly personality. The grille narrows below the hood, giving the 2009 GranTurismo a look of mild surprise. It maintains a tight profile throughout the body, offering optimal aerodynamics as well as an aesthetic that you won't find anywhere else.
The 2009 Maserati GranTurismo offers a little more interior space than most cars of its type. The M6 and XKR, for instance, supposedly have enough room for four people, but they feel extremely cramped compared to the GranTurismo. Its four-seat design, however, doesn't take away from the car's aesthetics. The GranTurismo features encase-leather that the buyer can customize. Maserati offers so many options that it would be difficult to find another 2009 Maserati exactly like the one you choose.
The 2009 Maserati GranTurismo also uses intuitive controls. Reach for the audio control or light dimmer, and it sits pretty much where you expect it to.
Previous GranTurismos had a navigation system that suffered from awkward controls and glitches. It simply did not live up to the expectations that Maserati has established. The 2009 GranTurismo solves those problems with a system that matches anything else on the market. The satellite navigation system features a hard-drive that makes it much more efficient and useful than previous options.
The 2009 GranTurismo also features satellite radio, iPod integration, a hard drive that stores digital music, Bluetooth connectivity, and a stereo that plays CDs, MP3s, and DVDs. It even offers voice activation so you never have to remove your attention from the road.
The GranTurismo's interior also offers plenty of features that emphasize comfort. Heated power front seats keep you warm on cold mornings, and an automatic dual-zone climate control system maintains two separate constant temperatures for the driver and front passenger. That way, both people feel comfortable throughout the trip.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Maserati GranTurismo base model comes with a 4.2-liter V-8 that offers a whopping 405 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. As if that isn't enough, the 2009 GranTurismo S contains a 4.7-liter V-8 that pumps out an impressive 433 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque. That amount of power, of course, means that you don't get great fuel efficiency, but the 2009 Maserati GranTurismo focuses on performance, not fuel economy.
The base and S automatic models come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The S model uses a six-speed automated manual transmission.
What kind of pep does this amount of power offer? The base model can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in slightly over five seconds. Opt for the S and you can hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.
Maserati doesn’t make the 2009 GranTurismo as a straight-forward sports car. That's probably a good thing for most drivers. It offers great speed and handling on interstates, but it also handles winding country roads well. Drivers who can't feel connected to the road without a conventional manual transmission will miss this option, but the automated manual still proves fun to drive.
The 2009 Maserati GranTurismo includes standard front-seat and side curtain airbags, stability control, and anti-lock brakes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Maserati GranTurismo: 12/19 mpg city/highway
- Attractive design
- Peppy performance
- Comfortable drive
- A lot of customization options
- Bose sound system
You Won't Like
- High price
- No manual transmission option
A sporty car with a lot of personality and excellent features, if you can afford it.
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