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The iconic Maserati GranTurismo marks a new chapter in the rich heritage of the Italian automaker dating back to 1947, serving as the face of the brand for generations to come. The beauty of the flagship model has stood the test of time, making it the perfect canvas for Maserati’s designers to imbue it with radical innovations and modern touches for its all-new GranTurismo iterations – the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) turbo-V6 Modena & Trofeo variations, and the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) model entitled Folgore.

The reign of the Ferrari-made V8 engine comes to an end as the Modena & Trofeo are now powered by the MC20’s Nettuno Twin-turbo 3.0L V6 engine in two different states of tune. The powertrain in the Modena delivers 490 HP and imparts the luxury sports auto with a top speed of 302 km/h. On the other hand, the Trofeo’s max power of 550 HP allows for the model to reach speeds of 320 km/h. In terms of acceleration, the higher performance Trofeo is capable of completing its century sprint in just 3.5 seconds, while the Modena does not fall far behind with a time of 3.9 seconds. 

And then there’s the GranTurismo Folgore, now integrated with three electric motors and an 800V system that delivers a staggering 761 HP with 1350 Nm of torque. The three motors in fact have a combined total of 1200 HP, but the excess headroom is necessary for torque vectoring and increased regeneration capabilities. This electric marvel scorches to a 100km/h in just 2.7 seconds, doubling that in speed in just a total of 8 seconds, and tops out at 325 km/h. 

Early in the development, Maserati decided that both the ICE and EV models would be made on a single platform that included an all-wheel drive system as opposed to their RWD predecessors. The Nettuno V6 has a forward driveshaft to supply drive to the front wheels, which also allows for the engine to sit as low as possible with its AWD capabilities. Meanwhile, the EV Folgore has an easier time with AWD as it allocates a single electric motor to drive the front wheels. In comparison, the ICE models have a 52 to 48 weight balance ratio, while the Folgore is at an even 50-50. 

Both the ICE and EV variations offer similar driving experiences albeit a comparable difference in light of their specifications and performance. What really sets the GranTurismo apart is its handling and steering. They may not feature the super-quick steering present in today’s supercars, but I still felt that they strike a perfect balance between response and sharpness, with a well-controlled air-suspension that delivers a remarkably smooth ride despite us having to traverse some pocked marked tarmac during our time in Rome. 

The three-chambered air-suspension exhibits a wide breadth of springing capabilities that is suited for driving around town or even B-road jaunts.  And even a stint at the Vallelunga circuit proved that the suspension was worthy of such a task.  However, the Folgore did require a heavier suspension setting as to compensate for its added 465 kg in weight. Fortunately, the sophisticated air springs still do an exceptional job in delivering comfort and control while the power delivery of the electric motors easily overcomes the added weight. 

Visually, all three iterations of the GranTurismo are similar from inside out. The interior highlights a beautiful classic Italian luxury blend derived in line with the brand’s focus on green initiatives, completed with the sort of modern functionality we have come to expect of Maserati. The front seats are comfortable and ergonomic, while the rear seats offer an abundance of legroom which made our hour long stints a pleasurable experience. 

The GranTurismo’s well-sorted chassis and AWD capability make it a standout performer for long distance cruising from the bustling streets of the city, peaceful countryside roads, and even on the track. Whether you’re looking for a sports car that packs a punch, or a smooth, comfortable ride at cruising speeds, the GranTurismo is sure to deliver. 

Maserati GranTurismo Modena

Engine: 2992cc, Twin-turbo V6
Transmission: 8-Speed ZF Automatic AWD
Power: 490 PS at 6500 rpm
Torque: 600 Nm at 3000rpm
Acceleration: 0 – 100km/h in 3.9 seconds
Top Speed: 302 km/h

Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo

Engine: 2992cc, Twin-turbo V6
Transmission: 8-Speed ZF Automatic AWD
Power: 550 PS at 6500 rpm
Torque: 650 Nm at 3000rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds
Top Speed: 320 km/h

Maserati GranTurismo Folgore

Motor: 3-Motor AWD
Power: 761 PS
Torque: 1350 Nm
Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds
Top Speed: 325 km/h
Range: 450 km (WLTP)

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