Maserati Granturismo: £70k puts it head-to-head with Jaguar XKR

Update: There has been a misunderstanding with the $95k pricing we previously posted in this article. We’d like to make it clear that $95k is not the pricing for the US. In the April issue of Top Gear Magazine the price for the Maserati Granturismo is said to be £70k in the UK. We apologize for the confusion.

Maseratis have always been cheaper than people tend to think. When Maserati conducted a research they found out that people thought that Maserati cars were at the price level of a Aston Martin DB9 or a Bentley Continental GT rather than a Jaguar. And while that may be a compliment, people who could afford them were crossing Maseratis off the list thinking they coudn’t. Well now that they know, Maserati has unleashed its new Granturismo that is ready to take on the Jaguar XKR. And at £70k, Maserati sits up strong against the Jaguar XKR.

Under the hood the Maserati Granturismo has a 4.2 liter V8 engine that delivers 405 horsepower giving it the ability to do 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 180 mph. And while that may be slighty less than the Jaguar XKR’s 4.2 liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower, who would want a Ford made Jaguar over a Italian Maserati? Plus, with the weight distribution of 49 in the front and 51 in the back, handing is right up to par topped off with big six-piston Brembo brakes.

Just look at it for a second. No really, take a very close look at every angle of the car, the more you look at it the more you see. As the man responsible for the design of the Maserati Granturismo would say “Today, many cars do one thing well. They are either straight and geometric, or sculptural and volumptuous. This car is both.” Guglielmo Caria, chief designer at Pininfarina, who is responsible for the Ferrari 599, faced many challenges making the big Granturismo look sleeker and smaller than it really is. However, looks can be deciving. While most 4-seater coupes have a cramped back seat which is usually used for a shelf rather than seats, the large Maserati Granturismo rear seat provide enough room for a 6-foot man to sit comfortably.

So if you are looking to spend £70k on you’re next car, hold off until the Maserati Granturismo hits dealerships this June.

Maserati Granturismo Gallery:



Jaguar XKR Gallery:


Source: Top Gear, April 2007 Issue

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