The $140,000 Maserati GT Convertible has been a big seller. With gorgeous styling, a 433-horsepower engine, and brand exclusivity, it's easy to see why.
The $140,000 Maserati GT Convertible has been a big seller. With gorgeous styling, a 433-horsepower engine, and brand exclusivity, it's easy to see why.

2012 Maserati Gran Turismo Convertible

Italian Masterpiece
Italian Masterpiece
The $140,000 Maserati GT Convertible has been a big seller. With gorgeous styling, a 433-horsepower engine, and brand exclusivity, it's easy to see why.
Overview
Overview
The Gran Turismo convertible that first came out in April 2010 has been a big hit for Maserati, accounting for 41 percent of the Italian automaker's U.S. unit sales in the first half of this year. The Gran Turismo is a real beauty, with distinctive Pinifarina exterior styling and a sumptuous, drop-dead-gorgeous interior that can be trimmed in a wide variety of soft leathers and exotic hardwoods. It's also a blast to drive, especially in "Sport" mode, which makes the car growl and crackle like a genuine beast. The question is how well the Gran Turismo will stand up to new competition from the redesigned BMW 650i convertible, which costs 45 to 50 grand less and is quicker, more fuel-efficient, and has a larger trunk.
Interior
Interior
The cabin seats four. In my test car it was drop-dead gorgeous, with creamy beige leather seats, black leather dash and doors. and a roof lined in soft beige cloth. Rear head and knee space is likely to be tight for passengers 6 ft. or taller.
Engine
Engine
The engine, a 4.7-liter V8 rated at 433-horsepower and 361 ft.-lb. of torque, is positioned behind the front axle, creating near-perfect 49 percent/51 percent front/rear weight distribution. The BMW 650i has a 4.4-liter V8 rated at 400-hp and 450 lb.-ft. of torque.
Transmission
Transmission
The GT convertible comes with a six-speed automatic that has a manual shifting function and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The transmission in the BMW 650i is a more modern eight-speed automatic; the one in the Mercedes SL63 AMG is seven-speed.
Performance
Performance
The GT convertible is rated to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds, compared with 4.9 seconds for the BMW 650i convertible and 4.5 seconds for the Mercedes SL63 AMG. The GT convertible's big Brembo brakes take it from 60 to 0 in just 114.8 ft.
Convertible Top
Convertible Top
The canvas top adds just 143 lbs. to the car's weight but is thick enough to keep the cabin quiet in highway traffic. We clocked the top at 31 seconds going up or down with the car stopped. Trunk space is 6.1 cu. ft. with the top up or down.
Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy
The Gran Turismo convertible is rated at 12 miles per gallon in the city and 20 mpg on the highway for an average of 15. That compares with 12/19/14 for the Mercedes SL63 AMG and 16/24/19 for the BMW 650i convertible, which has an automatic transmission.
Safety
Safety
Standard safety gear includes stability control, a limited slip differential, telescopic roll bars that deploy in 190 milliseconds, seat belt pretensioners, and front-seat front, side, and head-protecting window air bags.
Price
Price
Including destination and gas-guzzler tax, starting price is $140,800 for the Gran Turismo convertible, compared with $92,375 for the BMW 540i convertible, $142,525 for the Mercedes SL63 AMG convertible, and $211,195 for the Bentley Continental GTC.