Maserati says GranTurismo Will Get More Power Before its Time is Up
Take a good look at that 2016 Maserati GranTurismo sitting on the lot of your Maserati dealer in NY — because it’s going to be gone before you know it. That’s right. Before the end of 2017, the GranTurismo is going to be no more. But before it goes, Maserati is going to give their beloved model one last power boost when the newest one is released. After exploring the way they’re going to (supposedly) provide more power to the GranTurismo, we’ll take a look at the current performance of the 2016 model to see if it will be a drastic change or not. Then, we’ll reflect on the past success of the GT, and briefly discuss the possible replacement that’s on the horizon.
You’d think a power boost would mean tacking on a new engine or two — and it might for a model that’s going to be sticking around — but that’s not the case for the GT. Therefore, improving the power is most likely going to be done in a quicker and more direct way.
How Will Maserati Boost the GranTurismo’s Power?
Although we still don’t know for sure how the power under the hood is going to significantly increase, it’s important to understand that the V8 engine will remain up front during the changes, and the GT will still remain a rear-wheel drive vehicle. The naturally aspirated V8 of the current GranTurismo dishes out a decent amount of horsepower already, which means it would be illogical for Maserati to design and construct a stronger V8 engine for a vehicle that won’t be around, if it already provides a sufficient platform for a power increase.
So, how are they going to increase the performance? My guess is they will beef up the current V8 with turbocharging technology, just like the Ferrari California T has — whose entry-level 3.9-liter V8 turbo engine puts out 552 horsepower.
How Turbocharging Technology Works
Adding turbocharging technology to an engine is a great way to significantly boost the horsepower, without significantly increasing its weight. When a turbo is equipped, it will use the exhaust gas to drive a turbine. The turbine then spins an air compressor, which pushes the extra air generated into the engine’s cylinders. This allows the cylinders to burn more fuel each second, and increases the overall power output. That’s what it does in a nutshell, at least. So, it’s easy to see why this would be the route Maserati decides to take when improving their GranTurismo’s power and performance.
A Look at the 2016’s Current Performance
Currently, the 2016 Maserati GranTurismo is able to do 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds (coupe), 5.1-seconds (base convertible), and 4.9 seconds in the other convertibles. The 4.7-liter V8 engine is paired with a six-speed automatic, and puts out 454 horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque. The base convertible, however, drops to 444 horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque.
While some other cars on the market provide slightly better performance, that should all be remedied when the turbo enhances the GT’s V8. Looking at the Ferrari mentioned, it’s quite obvious that turbocharging technology works very well. The 2016 Ferrari California T has a smaller 3.9-liter V8 engine than the 2016 Maserati GT, and can still send the California T from 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds faster than the previous Ferrari’s time.
While the performance of the 2016 GT might leave something to be desired (for some) right now, don’t worry. If turbocharging is the way Maserati plans to improve the GranTurismo’s performance (which it most likely is) then it’s going to go out with a bang.
Gone in a Year-or-so, but it Certainly won’t be Forgotten
Although it might disappear before the end of 2017, the GranTurismo will certainly not be forgotten. It’s been on sale for more than a decade, which is very impressive, especially considering that most cars don’t survive beyond six or seven years without a replacement model. This is particularly true of the performance market. Since its arrival in 2007, Maserati has sold over 40,000 GranTurismos worldwide. This might not seem like a lot, but it is for a high-end luxury, performance car like this.
“It has been more successful than we’ve ever imagined,” Davide Danesin — the Product Line Manager for Maserati — stated in a recent interview with Top Gear. Danesin is also the one who said the GranTurismo will experience a significant power increase before its time is up.
From the looks of it, the GranTurismo won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Not only will it leave an impact thanks to its sheer amount of sales in the market, but it looks like it’s going to live vicariously through the Ghibli — which is the GranTurismo’s younger sibling. Danesin also told Top Gear that the V6 turbos used in the Ghibli “are needed for efficiency,” but it’s also important to “keep the GranTurismo’s spirit” alive. Therefore, it’s quite possible that we might see a V8 engine or two incorporated into the Ghibli’s engine lineup after the GT is gone.
Is a Replacement on the Horizon?
Because of the popularity and somewhat legendary reputation of the GranTurismo, it’s also safe to predict that it will most certainly have a replacement. This replacement can be expected a short time after the current model leaves, which means it could be out sometime in early 2018. Also, it’s expected that the replacement won’t be that much different from the GranTurismo we’ve all come to know and love.
But, we still have one more model release and one more year to get through. So, there will still be some time left before we say goodbye for good to the newest GranTurismo model when it hits the market.
Even though the GranTurismo will be leaving us sooner than most of us would like, the prospect of a similar replacement vehicle is enough to take the sting away. Not to mention, the performance might be able to live vicariously through the Ghibli’s (potentially) new V8 powertrain options later down the road. It leaves behind a decade of worldwide success, and I’m fully confident its successor will be able to follow in the GranTurismo’s wake.