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New cars: Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic

What the critics say about the $139,400 Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic<br />

The New York Times
One of the “greatest road-capable ­Maseratis ever,” this magnificent work of art oozes elegance and panache. The 4.7-liter, 440-hp V8 now comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. With its engine positioned just behind the front axle, the car achieves “a nearly ideal” 49 percent–51 percent front/rear weight ­distribution. The coupe’s back seat can comfortably hold two adults.

Autoweek
The German-supplied ZF gearbox, also used in the Corvette and Aston Martin DB9, switches to full manual mode with the flick of a lever. The craftsmanship of the interior cabin is “very high in quality,” while underneath the chassis, impressive six-piston Brembo calipers not only provide massive braking power but also come in five color choices. Few drivers “will tire of hearing” the GranTurismo’s sweet exhaust note.

Motor Trend
The GTS “practically guarantees” satisfaction. Even at 4,281 pounds, the car “rambles from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds.” It can cover a quarter mile in 12.9 seconds at 110.5 mph, and tops out at 183 mph. The “surprisingly serene” cockpit is a gratifying mix of leather, wood, chrome, and aluminum-coated fiberglass. And its chiseled body draws stares that few other vehicles can match.

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