Maserati's GranTurismo S Automatic Sports Coupe is a carefully designed vehicle, which will attract buyers who want a sporty yet luxurious coupe. Introduced in 2009 after the GranTurismo Sports Coupe and S Sports Coupe, the S Automatic draws on the GranTurismo tradition from the 1940's. With a V8, 433 horsepower engine, this coupe has a 6-speed, automatic transmission. The interior of the S Automatic Sports Coupe is as comfortable as it is sleek, and includes bucket leather seats that accommodate four adults easily. The confident handling and allure of this Maserati help the S Automatic Sports Coupe beat out many of its competitors in this vehicle class.
The powerful V8, 4.7L engine helps distinguish the GranTurismo S Automatic Sports Coupe among other coupes. Topping out at an impressive 183 MPH, this car can go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5 seconds. The 2011 Maserati technicians place the 440 horsepower engine just behind the front axle to distribute more of the car's weight toward the rear of the car, making for an especially sporty ride. The noise in the cabin of the S Automatic Sports Coupe is reduced because of the wet sump in the engine's lubrication system. The Skyhook system, which adjusts the dampers to varying road conditions to ensure a much smoother ride, comes standard in the GranTurismo S Automatic Sports Coupe. In terms of fuel economy, this Maserati is similar to other coupes, with 13 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway for an average of 16 MPG.
The S Automatic Sports Coupe offers the same attention to detail and careful craftsmanship that drivers expect from Maserati. Compared to the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and the Audi R8, the S Automatic Sports Coupe lacks the same level of performance, but the Maserati can easily seat four adults, unlike many of its competitors in this class. Unfortunately, the GranTurismo cannot compete when it comes to trunk space. At just 9.2 cubic feet, the trunk is several feet smaller than other coupes. Although Mercedes and BMW offer less expensive options in this vehicle class, the S Automatic Sports Coupe stands out for its arresting appearance and sleek lines.
For the lucky buyers of the GranTurismo S Automatic Sports Coupe, the standard safety features should put drivers at ease, especially as they try to accelerate to more dizzying speeds. To make driving this Maserati a secure experience, the S Automatic Sports Coupe includes many safety features including front-seat side airbags, and side-curtain airbags, rear parking sensors, bi-xenon headlights, stability and traction control, and ABS with electronic brake distribution (EBD). In addition, the S Automatic Sports Coupe comes standard with fixed-setting suspension that provides 10% more damping.