2018 Maserati GranTurismo First Drive: Resounding Revival

– Brescia, Italy

Revival cars are popping up all over the place these days. Singer Vehicle Design has been creating brilliant new/old Porsche 911-based masterpieces since 2009 using what it considers the best of the air-cooled Porsche 911 bits with modern ancillary components from carefully chosen suppliers. Icon 4X4 treats vintage Toyota FJ Land Cruisers and Ford Broncos to a similar treatment. Eagle makes an extremely well-executed new-stuff/old-car pastiche out of forlorn Jaguar E-Types. And Maserati builds an excellent revival of the 2007 GranTurismo called the 2018 GranTurismo.

Whoa, Maseratisti, put down those bottles of Franciacorta you’re about to hurl at us – we’re just kidding. Kinda. You gotta admit, however, that any car in its eleventh straight year of production without a major redesign qualifies for relic status and might be mistaken for an antique. Or, if you believe Maserati’s schtick, the design is “timeless,” its argument translating roughly as something like, “we got it right the first time, so why change?”

2018 Maserati GranTurismo: First Drive
2018 Maserati GranTurismo: First Drive
2018 Maserati GranTurismo: First Drive
2018 Maserati GranTurismo: First Drive

Maserati – or more accurately, Pininfarina – did get something right the first time. How many other cars introduced in 2007 still look this good today?

To Maserati’s credit, premium sports cars and GTs like the GranTurismo do tend to have a longer shelf life than mainstream sedans and crossovers. (Aston Martin offered its DB9 from 2004 until 2016 and is still selling DB9 derivatives today.) Besides, visually speaking, apparently Maserati – or ...