TodayApril 16, 2022

2012 Maserati Gran Turismo MC & 2012 S Convertible on Driving the Nation

Andrea Soriani, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Rob Allen, Director of Product planning, for Maserati, talk about Maserati’s two new products; 2012 Maserati Gran Turismo MC & the 012 Maserati Gran Turismo S Convertible.

Robert Ross from the Robb report, my driving partner, also chimes in and shows us a couple aspects of the car that are his favorite.

Maserati is streamlining their engine offerings. All new cars will get the returned 4.7-liter V-8 engine with 444 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Andrea Soriani, Director of Marketing and Communications, said that ninety-five percent of Maserati’s customers ordered the 4.7-liter. Drive the car and you know why. Push the MC-etched aluminum pedal down and feel the torque kick in. Eighty percent of the maximum torques is available at 2,500 rpm and will stay there all the way to redline, around 7,200 rpm.

Fuel economy is 12 city/ 19 highway and 15 combined miles per gallon.

The Sport Convertible is the first 4-seat convertible Maserati has ever built. Maserati says that the torsional rigidity (27.2 Hz) is better than it’s best competition (25 Hz). The back seats are angled at 23 degrees so you’re not sitting straight up.

The MSRP for the 2012 Maserati Gran Turismo MC is $143,400 and the 2012 Maserati Gran Turismo S(port) convertible MSRP is $142,000 plus destination, tax, and gas guzzler tax.

Listen to the melodic notes, and watch the Maseratis in their element – on the road.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.