For 2017, Maserati is treating the GranTurismo Coupe and Convertible to a fine tailoring, much like a well-worn suit that needs alterations, not replacing. Like so many Maseratis, the GranTurismos focus on engaging driver involvement and fine style above all else—and that’s why we love them. The update comes as the GranTurismo moniker enters its seventh decade. The tweaks are so subtle that you might not even notice the 2017 GranTurismo, at first. A hood scoop and a newly sculpted front fascia—with the six-sided grille acting as a Maserati family crest—distinguish the ’17 models. Despite fresh add-ons, the core of the GranTurismo remain the same. By retaining the naturally aspirated, 454-hp 4.7-liter V-8 built by Ferrari for Maserati, the GranTurismo indulges enthusiasts and bucks the trend toward turbocharging. It’s also still muscle-car quick to 60 m.p.h., at under 5 seconds from a standstill.
Bringing the GranTurismo into the 21st century (finalmente!) is a variant of the quick-responding, intuitive infotainment system we first tried on the Ghibli late last year, which offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Premium audio by Harman Kardon is available, should you not be mesmerized by the snarly exhaust note. A GranTurismo that features an interior curated and outfitted by Ermenegildo Zegna is still on our wish list. As an exclusive token of thanks for joining the Maserati family, each GranTurismo comes with a Bulgari-designed watch. It’s the kind of collaborative touch that could only come from Maserati.
Earlier this week, the ragazzi di Modena chose the New York Stock Exchange as the reveal location for the refreshed GranTurismo, and this coming week, both the Coupe and Convertible will appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed alongside several historic Maserati models. An all-new GranTurismo might not be on the way for some time, but that’s more than okay: Like fine apparel that requires only needlework and a hem now and then, the GranTurismo will continue gracefully on.