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In car years, as in dog years, the Maserati GranTurismo is old. A normal model cycle for a normal car is four or five years long; our subject here is over 10 — which, in years measured in either dog or car is just about ancient. But the GranTurismo is a faithful dog that can still catch a Frisbee — it’s a beautiful car that can still raise a pulse among both drivers and onlookers, so we are glad that it’s still around.

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The 2018 Maserati GranTurismo Coupe and GranCabrio get what would, on a Ford Taurus or a Toyota Camry, be called a mid-cycle facelift. Normally, that might not mean a lot in terms of newsworthiness. But it’s a Maserati we’re talking about here, a rare and elegant machine, so it’s a bigger deal. Plus it means the mighty GT will live at least three more years, which is a good thing for cool cars. And selfishly, for me, it’s a chance to drive a Maserati — in Italy, no less –which is always a cause for celebration.

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The Verdict

We should all be thankful that there are still great and beautiful cars like the GranTurismo on the market. Maserati could have said, “Basta!” and thrown in the towel on the GT, trading it instead for profits on the new Levante SUV. But it gave it a little tweak here and there and kept it on the market. We are the beneficiaries.

You can buy one of your own for an entirely reasonable $132,825, not counting destination and a few other charges. That’s for a Gran Turismo Sport. Prices go up all the way to $161,070 for a GranTurismo Convertible MC. For that you could line up, what? A Porsche PanameraBentley ContinentalAston Martin DB11BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe? There are plenty of choices. But with this you’d be going with the maker that started the whole thing 70 years ago. And to that we say, molto bene.

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ON SALE: 4th Quarter 2017

BASE PRICE: $132,825 (GranTurismo Sport)

AS TESTED PRICE: $150,570 (GranTurismo MC)

DRIVETRAIN: 4.7-liter V8, six-speed automatic, RWD

OUTPUT: 454 hp at 7000 rpm, 384 lb-ft at 4750 rpm

CURB WEIGHT: 4129 lbs

0-60 MPH: 4.7 sec (mfg.)

FUEL ECONOMY: 16.5 mpg combined (Euro)(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)

PROS: A grand, elegant touring car

CONS: I don’t live in Italy

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