Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Porsche 911 VS 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Porsche 911

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2013 Maserati GranTurismo

Safety Comparison

The 911 offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

Both the 911 and the GranTurismo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The 911’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the GranTurismo’s (10/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 4 times as many Porsche dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 911’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 911 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 911 gets better fuel mileage than the GranTurismo:

911

GranTurismo

RWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

13 city/21 hwy

S/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

AWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the 911’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 911’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The GranTurismo doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the 911’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GranTurismo:

911

GranTurismo

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The 911 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The 911 stops much shorter than the GranTurismo:

911

GranTurismo

80 to 0 MPH

190 feet

194 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

148 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

94 feet

106 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The 911’s optional 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GranTurismo’s 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 911 offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 911 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The GranTurismo’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The 911 S Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the GranTurismo pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 911 S Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 3.1 MPH faster than the GranTurismo (74.1 vs. 71 MPH).

The 911 S Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GranTurismo (24.1 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 25 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche 911 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1100 pounds less than the Maserati GranTurismo.

The 911 is 1 foot, 5.4 inches shorter than the GranTurismo, making the 911 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The 911 is 1 foot, 5.4 inches shorter than the GranTurismo.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The 911’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The 911’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The GranTurismo does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 911 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

When the 911 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The GranTurismo’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The 911 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GranTurismo has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The 911’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The 911’s standard separate stalk mounted cruise control is close at hand. The GranTurismo’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

The 911’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The GranTurismo’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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