How 2019 Maserati GranTurismo stacks up against its rivals
2019 Maserati GT – An Enthusiasts Dream…….
There is a general air of anticipation amongst the Maserati enthusiasts (me being one of them) to hear the news about the next-generation 2019 Maserati Granturismo.
The 2019 GT model release date has had number of set backs. Maserati is yet to confirm whether this latest offering will hit the showrooms as a 2019 or 2020 model. Even if it doesn’t appear before 2020, I can only say that I am sure it will worth waiting for.
Before delving too deeply into what this GT promises, I like to start with looking at some of the competitors, which GT will bash heads against.
It’s an early morning, and so far, I have only managed to get one cup of coffee, so my brain cells are not functioning at full capacity (not that they ever did, if one can be truly ever be honest with one’s self), so I am sure there are few missing from the list below.
I will start my list with Jaguar F-Type, Ferrari California T and end it with BMW 6 Series.
I usually don’t like to start an overview with blaming our beloved American cousins, however the hard-top version of the Jaguar F-Type Convertible being launched first, is their fault. USA is the biggest Jaguar F-Type market and when you own the lion share of the market, well you get your way. So, they demanded the hard-top first and they got it.
I won’t say much about the 2014 version and fast forward to 2017, when the F-Type received a few small updates, was restyled ever so slightly and a new engine option were added.
That’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo – and if you decide to tighten the purse and for some godly unknown reason to anyone but yourself spec no options at all, means you can buy an F-Type for less than £50,000.
The Four-Cylinder is not the only option available, there are supercharged V6 engines with 335bhp, 375bhp or 395bhp, or even V8 versions 542bhp F-Type R and the 567bhp F-Type SVR.
The V8s are 4-wheel drive only, and the SVR is the first Jag since the XJ220 to officially top 200mph
Ferrari California T
The California has gone through a major facelift and now comes fully loaded with a V8 monster, that delivers 552bhp and 557lb ft, and the additional T on the badge, of course refers to the most significant change to the car: the adoption of a twin-turbocharged engine, so now we can get 0-60mph in 3.6sec (launch control – what did you expect?) and flat out to 196mph.
Ferrari has added a New exterior panel, which improves styling. There are other updates, which includes slightly firmer springs for better handling, and re-tuned adaptive dampers for a better ride. Rear seats are now only an option, because Ferrari rightfully decided that you must be bonkers to want one. The raw stats say And it’s quite easy to spend an awful lot of money on options.
The price is around £150,000, but you can easily over spend with all the available options.
BMW 6 Series
The BMW 6 is a five-seat executive hatchback, so it will provide ample interior space, and is fully loaded with 7 series technology. That’s all, I have. It promises a lot and delivers not enough to get your teeth into.
The engine choice is a bit limited, the badging as far as I can tell provides no clue to the engines under the bonnet. The 640i features a 316bhp 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbo, while the 650i gets a 402bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. There’s also a 309bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel, badged 640d.
There are three trims to choose from – SE (only available with 640i and 640d), Sport (only available with 650i) and M Sport.
2019 Maserati GT
On the exterior Maserati GranTurismo will be available in either a coupe or a convertible. It has also been said that the new GranTurismo will be offered in two trim levels only – Sport and MC.
The GT gives an air of familiarity on the surface, but there are number of subtle visual changes. At the front the GT appears more aerodynamic thanks to its protruding ‘shark-nose’ profile.
The new front redesign will slice through air effortlessly, improving acceleration and performance. The front fascia also now houses a larger hexagonal grille, redesigned headlights with LED daytime running lamps.
Walk around to the side, and you will notice the redesigned side skirting and 20-inch silver alloy wheels. At the back, you are faced with even more updates, redesigned diffusers and larger rear spoiler are the main attraction. All these little not so subtle upgrades give the GT an air of pure unadulterated aggressiveness, mixed with powerful and menacing appearance.
If the exterior can provide such joy, then you can only imagine what Maserati has in store for you, on the inside. The interior has also been expected to receive some fundamental changes and updates. This is Maserati after all, so you would except the cabin and its four seats will be ultimately comfortable with premium-quality materials to give you pleasure just by sitting in it.
There are Technological updates as well, so the driver can expect an 8.4-inch touch screen with the latest infotainment and entertainment system. Apple Car Play and Android Auto are just some of the next-generation features that will be offered.
The 2019 Maserati GranTurismo should offer a 4.7-liter Ferrari-developed V8 engine in both Sport and MC trim. Such an engine fires up to 454 horsepower and 384lb ft of torque. It will be attached to the ZF six-speed automatic transmission, although a rumour has it that Maserati might offer some other options as well. It has been estimated that the new GranTurismo will take less than 5.0 seconds to hit 60 mph.