by Karl Furlong
Previously, the Trofeo badge used to be reserved for the most powerful Maserati in any given lineup. That's not quite the case with the new GranTurismo Trofeo. Despite its Nettuno twin-turbocharged V6 making 542 horsepower, it's comprehensively outgunned by the fully electric, 751-hp GranTurismo Folgore.
But for those who can't let go of the sound of a conventional engine, the GranTurismo Trofeo is a truly desirable coupe. Its design is evolutionary, but that's a good thing in this case, and it also comes with a smartly-attired cabin boasting a new infotainment system. It may not end up surpassing the dynamic precision of a Porsche 911 or have the technology of a Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster, but the GranTurismo Trofeo's special engine and gorgeous Italian styling should endear it to many.
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3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
The release date for the Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo is expected to be in the second quarter of 2023. Coming out after the gas models will be the electric Folgore.
The price for the 2024 Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo could reach as much as $200,000 in the USA, but the manufacturer has yet to confirm this information.
Rivals will include the Porsche 911. At a cost of $182,900, the 911 Turbo is more powerful and far quicker than the GranTurismo Trofeo, but the Maserati will likely be a nicer grand tourer. Also, with more power and the versatility of a drop-top is the Mercedes-AMG SL 63 Roadster with an MSRP of $178,100.
Both of these Germans represent tough competition for the Maser, but all three cars provide something unique in this section of the market.
Maserati should be commended for penning another timeless coupe design. Like the previous model, the exterior of the new Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo has classic proportions and isn't overstyled in any aspect.
Like other new Maserati models, such as the MC20, the 2024 GranTurismo Trofeo has vertical headlights, while the low-set grille with its 3D Trident logo and gloss black slats is instantly recognizable. The curvaceous cues above the front wheels are made possible by the so-called 'cofango,' which is a combination of 'cofano' (in reference to the hood) and 'parafango' (the fender) - these two components are merged into a single large one with a considerable surface area.
Being the Trofeo, it has several changes over the base GranTurismo like a specific front splitter, side skirts in full carbon fiber, and forged wheels with staggered sizes: 20 inches in front and 21 inches at the back. On the side, one can also see Trofeo script with the side Trident logo in burnished chrome with a red outline.
The rear view of the Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo coupe has quad-exit tailpipes, sleeker taillights than before, and a subtle spoiler on the trunk lid. The rear bumper also has carbon fiber accents, and overall, it's just about impossible to find a bad angle on this dashing coupe.
Rosso Granturismo, a deep red hue, is the launch shade for this model. However, more Maserati GranTurismo colors will be available when the car launches. Others are Bianco, Grigio Maratea, Grigio Maratea Matte, Nero Ribelle, Blu Emozione, and Blu Nobile. There is also the Maserati Fuoriserie customization program with a broader range of colors. Finally, there are six colors for the brake calipers to contrast with your chosen paint. These are matte Nero, Nero, Rosso, Giallo, matte Rosso, and Blu.
This isn't a small coupe and the Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo's dimensions reflect that. It measures 195.5 inches in length, 83.2 inches in width including the side mirrors, and a low 53.3 inches in height. The wheelbase measures 115.3 inches.
Maserati says that the homologated weight of the Trofeo is 3,957 pounds. Although that's not exactly light, consider that the fully electric GranTurismo Folgore is over 1,000 lbs heavier.
Under the lengthy hood of the Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo is an engine of impressive pedigree. Called the Nettuno, it's a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that first appeared in the MC20 supercar. Patented pre-chamber combustion technology that was derived from Formula 1 engines and the Maserati Twin Combustion (MTC) tech are just two aspects of a highly advanced mill. One adaptation made for the GranTurismo is that it was a wet sump instead of the dry one in the MC20.
Producing 542 hp at 6,500 rpm and 479 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm, the all-wheel-drive Trofeo has a claimed 0-62 mph time of just 3.5 seconds. Keep piling on the power, and 124 mph comes up in just 11.4 seconds. Eventually, the coupe will reach a top speed just short of 199 mph. The only transmission is an eight-speed automatic. The AWD layout is a change from the previous GranTurismo, which sent power to the rear wheels exclusively.
For the Trofeo and the base Modena which we review separately, there are four driving modes: Comfort, GT, Sport, and Corsa. An ESC-Off option allows drivers to deactivate all electronic controls.
Hopefully, the GranTurismo Trofeo will be as adept on the highway as in the corners.
The new Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo is likely to be more efficient than its V8 predecessor's 13/20/16 mpg city/highway/combined, but we don't foresee a great difference in this regard. There are no official gas mileage figures as yet, but the same engine in a higher state of tune in the MC20 consumes 15/25/18 mpg. Assuming similar figures, the GranTurismo Trofeo should be capable of 333 miles of range when its 18.5-gallon gas tank is full.
With high-quality materials and "just the right amount of space for four adults," the cabin in the new Trofeo mixes sportiness and luxury to perfection.
Maserati has freed up space inside by removing a conventional gear lever, while the central tunnel has no buttons on it at all, relying instead on digital commands. That's fine as long as it's all easy to use and understand. The seats in the interior of the Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo have built-in headrests and are constructed on a lightweight frame to save weight. There is a new heated multi-function steering wheel which, for the Trofeo specifically, has a Nero color and perforated leather on the sides. The paddle shifters have a brushed dark aluminum finish and the Start/Stop button is finished in Blu; both this button and the Drive Mode Control buttons are situated in the central section of the steering wheel.
Perforated leather upholstery on the seats, a herringbone motif on the seats and dashboard, and contrasting stitching in yellow, red, or grey create a sporty tone, but red or ice color schemes with tone-on-tone stitching are available as well.
The new digital cockpit consists of a 12.3-inch central display and an 8.8-inch comfort display, the latter presumably for climate control functions. There are new gesture controls, but as we've seen from BMW, these are often hit-and-miss. The tech overload continues with a 12.2-inch customizable digital dashboard, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reconfigurable head-up display, and a new digital Maserati clock. A digital rearview mirror improves rearward visibility, but here it's worth mentioning that it's not obvious if all of these features are standard or not.
The new Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) Multimedia system is compatible with over-the-air software updates, so new functionality can be added as it becomes available. For audiophiles, there is a new Sonus Faber sound system with up to 19 speakers available, whereas the standard version has 14 speakers.
Bringing Maserati into the modern era are several driver-assistance features. This includes a 360-degree camera system, a virtual wall that works in tandem with the rear parking sensors, and the Maserati Active Driving Assist system. The latter is a Level 2 system.
The cargo space in the Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo measures 10.9 cubic feet, which is enough for the average visit to the grocery store or a weekend away for two. Four occupants, however, will have to pack lightly.