2024 Maserati GranTurismo Returns with Some Radical Changes, Same Sex Appeal

2024 Maserati GranTurismo Returns with Some Radical Changes Same Sex Appeal
  • The 2024 Maserati GranTurismo returns for a new generation, bringing a prettier body that has to be seen to be appreciated.
  • The GT also has radically different powertrains, trading its old naturally aspirated V-8 for a new twin-turbo V-6 and adding an EV variant.
  • Maserati bestows the new GranTurismo with a beautifully appointed interior and many modern-day tech features.

It's been a minute since we've seen a new Maserati GranTurismo. Not just because the Italian 2+2 grand tourer has been on hiatus since 2019, but also because the last version had bones that dated back to the George W. Bush administration. That changes with the debut of the 2024 GranTurismo, which rides on an entirely new platform and shares nary a body panel with its predecessor. And if you haven't heard, the redesigned GT is also a vessel for Maserati's first-ever all-electric model, dubbed the Folgore.

A Subtly Sexier Beast

A glance at the redesigned GranTurismo reveals sexy styling reminiscent of the model it replaces. Sure, the new car doesn't look radically different in pictures. Still, we saw the coupe up close and personal at Maserati's studio in Turin, Italy, where its evolutionary makeover made more of an impact. Believe us when we say its redrawn body lines, shapelier curves, and longer and wider proportions are positively drool-worthy, especially when they're coated in a sparkling red paint called Rosso GranTurismo. The Folgore was also present, with its aero-optimized lower front fascia and specially designed wheels separating it from its gas-fed counterpart.

The GT's headlights are the most noticeable new visual detail, as they sit vertically versus horizontally. It's the same look worn by the Maserati MC20 supercar, which also appears to have inspired the smoother, rounder shape of the GranTurismo's grille with its new 3D-printed Trident logo. Opposite the restyled taillights out back, the hood has recessed creases running from the car's snout towards its cowl. The hood also converges with the front fenders, creating a clamshell design. Note that the three portholes on the GT's front flanks are smaller and appear to sit higher than before. On the Folgore, the upper trim on the portholes is illuminated.

Radically Different beneath the Skin

Maserati might not have strayed very far from the last GT's design language, but it has made radical changes elsewhere. Unlike its rear-wheel-drive-only predecessor, every GranTurismo has an all-wheel-drive system with an electronic locking rear diff. The old Ferrari-built naturally aspirated 4.7-liter V-8—with its 454 horsepower—is also gone. It's been replaced by Maserati's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, known as Nettuno, which debuted on the MC20. However, the GT version has been detuned, features cylinder deactivation, and uses a wet-sump oil system rather than a more exotic dry-sump setup.

The GranTurismo's engine pairs with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and is rated at 483 horsepower on the entry-level Modena and 542 hp on the higher-performance Trofeo. How quick are they? Maserati estimates the Modena will hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and the Trofeo will do the deed in 3.5 ticks. That's about a full second quicker than before. The two also have claimed top speeds of 188 and 199 mph, respectively.

Every Maserati GranTurismo has a double-wishbone front suspension with a multilink rear setup. Air springs and adaptive dampers are also standard. The suspenders buoy 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels, with a staggered set of tires that measure 265/30 up front and 295/30 in back. Stopping power is provided by Brembo, with six-piston fixed front calipers and four-pot fixed rear clampers.

Folgore Ahead

Thanks to its new modular platform, the GranTurismo was designed to be an EV from the start. The Folgore features an 800-volt electrical architecture, and it's said to allow DC fast-charging speeds of up to 270 kW. The electrified grand tourer has a T-shaped battery pack designed in-house, doesn't impact the car's packaging, and has a usable capacity of 83.0 kWh. We don't know its estimated range, but Maserati claims it'll go over 250 miles per charge. Since that figure is based on the European WLTP test cycle, we're guessing its actual EPA range will be 210 miles.

The Folgore features three electric motors; one power the front axle and the other two are decoupled, meaning they individually power each rear wheel. Together the trio generates a combined 750 horsepower. A selectable drive mode also sends power solely to the rear rollers. Electric donuts, anyone? Maserati estimates the Folgore will accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds and from zero to 124 mph in 8.8 ticks. We're told this performance is repeatable and that the EV has a top speed of 199 mph.

Get inside the GT

Unfortunately, Maserati isn't ready to show the world what the inside of the new GranTurismo looks like, so you'll have to use your imagination until it's revealed. We're told the design is inspired by the MC20 and newly introduced Maserati Grecale compact SUV. That said, it's pretty easy to imagine the GT having a similar aesthetic to those models. Expect extravagant materials and impeccable craftsmanship too. Adults forced to sit in the rear seats will have a bit more legroom than before, with Maserati saying it added about 1.8 inches of legroom back there.

The GranTurismo enters the digital era with a configurable 12.2-inch digital gauge cluster. The trademark timepiece traditionally sits at the center of the dash remains, except now it's digital and features interchangeable faces. There's an Android-based infotainment system that runs through a 12.3-inch touchscreen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard; Amazon Alexa voice controls are also part of the package.

Along with the main display, there's a separate 8.8-inch touchscreen that likely provides controls for the climate system and such, as in the Grecale. Audiophiles should appreciate the Sonus Faber stereo, which includes a standard 14-speaker, 860-watt configuration or a 19-speaker, 1195-watt setup. The new GranTurismo has many driver assists, including a 360-degree camera system, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist.

How Much Will It Cost?

As before, the 2024 Maserati GranTurismo will be available in two body styles: coupe and convertible (a.k.a. GranCabrio). While droptop versions of both the gas and electric variants will be offered, neither will be available when the car launches, and they might not arrive until the 2025 model year.

Maserati is expected to announce official pricing closer to the car's U.S. launch in the second quarter of next year. The Modena’s base price will likely start just under $200,000. The Trofeo will be more expensive, as will the electric Folgore, which will arrive sometime after the two gas-powered versions go on sale.



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