2008 Maserati GranTurismo

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2008 Maserati GranTurismo Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Maserati GranTurismo was new.

The Maserati GranTurismo exhibits superb handling dynamics, jaw-dropping body style, and a luxurious interior. Still, reviewers contend that for its class and price range, it should offer a more in terms of performance, comfort and convenience features. Overall, it ranks near the bottom of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive top speed of 177 mph
  • Easily conquers twisty roads with superior grip
  • Exotic body style garners praise
  • Interior fit and finish outshines much of the competition
  • Competitors offer more torque at lower rpms
  • Brakes fade quickly and have "wooden" pedal feel
  • Generally uncomfortable seats and a difficult-to-access rear cabin
  • Competitors offer more standard interior features

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Maserati GranTurismo has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 9 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 6.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. Its overall score is being calculated without reliability.

2008 Maserati GranTurismo Overview

The 2008 Maserati GranTurismo's most impressive characteristics are its sleek design and smooth handling dynamics. It's a car that people buy, not because they fall in love with its performance numbers, but because they fall in love with its style. 

The GranTurismo isn't the right car for someone looking for pure performance.  Yes, it offers blistering acceleration and handles hairpin corners with ease compared to the average sports car, but it actually trails most exotic cars in those tasks -- and its brakes take a beating in the press.

"The GranTurismo has to be one of the smoothest cars on the road, in more ways than one," says Car and Driver. "It is not the fastest, smartest, or best value on the market, but the GranTurismo has panache in abundance."

The 2008 GranTurismo features a 405-horsepower V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission with manumatic shifting.

  • "The GranTurismo, a modern GT with plenty of old-time flair, puts Maserati firmly back on the map. It's sporty and luxurious, it's a hoot to drive fast, it blends poise and presence, and it's classy and competent enough to be on every connoisseur's wish list." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Within two minutes of seeing the car, we had exhausted all of our caveman Italian. 'Bene! Molto bene! Bravissima! Bella macchina!' So we pulled out a line we had translated on Babel Fish: "Esca della via, contadino, io stanno venendo attraverso!" which should mean, 'Get out of my way, you peasant, I am coming through!'" -- AutoWeek

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