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Cachet, style, Italian exotica: the 2014 Maserati GranTurismo evokes many emotions. Surely, it evokes envy in one's enemies, both business and personal, but more importantly it evokes the passion of the owner.

One of the most stunning, curvaceous vehicles on the planet today, the Maserati GranTurismo's success is measured in the sweep of its suggestive hips, its come-hither front-end look, and its gloriously decadent interior. Trimmed in your choice of metals, leathers, and wood, the GranTurismo is a connoisseur's car.

While the larger Quattroporte and new Ghibli sedan get an array of updated, turbocharged engines, the GranTurismo carries a Ferrari-sourced 4.7-liter V-8 engine under its hood. That sister-branded touch of sport is more than just a nod in the right direction; it's up to 454 horsepower of sonorous speed sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed ZF automatic transmission. The Convertible Sport and all GranTurismo coupe models score the 454-horsepower rating; the base convertible gets a nominal 444 horsepower from the same engine.

With Ferrari's V-8 under the hood, the 2014 Maserati GranTurismo ticks off just 4.7 seconds on the way to 60 mph. The sport-shifting automatic transmission blips the throttle and responds to driver requests with vigor. In all, the GranTurismo presents a performance personality that borders on brash, but is always brisk.

But the standard GranTurismo isn't the highest-performance model; the GranTurismo MC (also known as the MC Stradale outside the U.S.) raises the game with a new carbon fiber vented hood, a track-tuned suspension, forged alloy 20-inch wheels, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, and a top speed of 188 mph. The latest updates to the GranTurismo MC offer an optional return of 2+2 seating configuration; previous iterations had stripped the rear seat to save weight.

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