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Seasoned car shoppers understand most cars, trucks, and SUVs are offered in a variety of trims, delivering various levels of features that can cater to those looking to either save some dough or buyers willing to spend more for a fully loaded model. However, does the high price of a model’s top trim justify its cost? It’s certainly a question to consider regarding the 2024 Maserati GranTurismo and its top Trofeo trim level, which has a starting MSRP of over $200,000.

The Maserati GranTurismo returns with a hefty price tag

The Maserati GranTurismo nameplate returns for the 2024 model year after a five-year hiatus. Like its predecessor, the new GranTurismo is a super sports coupe/grand tourer with a striking design, serious performance credentials, and the luxury appointments expected of the Trident-branded automaker. An all-electric model, the GranTurismo Folgore, also joins the lineup. However, for the classic Maserati experience, the gas-only super coupe is powered by the same twin-turbo V6 of the MC20 supercar, cranking out either 483 or 542 horsepower in the new GranTurismo.

That horsepower difference is the main varying factor separating the GranTurismo’s two trims.

The Modena serves as the “base” model with its V6 sending 483 ponies and 361 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, good enough for a top speed of 188 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, according to the automaker. The GranTurismo rides on 21-inch wheels at the back, 20-inch units at the front, and an active suspension.

The interior is appointed with upscale leather with plenty of creature comforts and tech, including three displays serving as the infotainment screen, digital gauge cluster and climate control panel, and a 14-speaker Sonus sound system.

The Modena carries a $174,000 price tag, so putting the Italian grand tourer is an expensive proposition to begin with. And that begs the question: Is upgrading to the $205,000 Trofeo worth the additional $31,000?

Those wanting the ultimate performance model will likely argue that, yes, it is. The GranTurismo’s twin-turbo V6 is tuned to deliver 542 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, increases of 59 ponies, and 99 lb-ft of twist over the Modena. As such, the Trofeo can roar from 0-60 mph in a manufacturer-claimed 3.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 199 mph. To make use of the extra power, the Trofeo rides on forged wheels and is fitted with an electronically locking differential.

Inside, the Trofeo’s upgrades include contrast stitching and perforated leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, herringbone design cues throughout the cabin, and other upgrades. The top GranTurismo trim also sports carbon-fiber exterior trim and a black grille.

Is the Trofeo worth the price hike?

The $31,000 price difference from the Modeno to Trofeo is no insignificant amount, even for those who can readily dish out six figures for a new ride. So, is it worth it?

Car and Driver thinks so. The publication suggests the Trofeo trim due to its added performance kit and, of course, its prodigious power.

However, Gear Patrol’s review of both the Modena and Trofeo found the base model is no slouch and is likely the better overall choice. The reviewer noted, “I never once felt as though I was missing out on the Trofeo’s added power,” adding, “The Modena feels like an ideal power level for this sort of car.”

Autoweek noted in its review of the Trofeo trim of the Maserati GranTurismo has “undeniable character” that will “sway already affluent buyers to pay just a little more for Italian character,” and we presume, for its top gas-only trim.

While there doesn’t appear to be a consensus on the Trofeo being worth the price hike, it’s clear that the revival of the GranTurismo is a success, whether buyers dish out $174,000 or $205,000.

What are other options around the GranTurismo’s price?

Those seeking a luxurious, ultra-sporty grand tourer with serious style have some options outside the Maserati GranTurismo.

Another attractive option, both in terms of its looks and performance, is the Ferrari Roma. The Prancing Horse’s grand tourer has notably more grunt than the Trofeo with a 612-hp V8 under the hood, but it also starts at about $40,000 more than the Maserati.

It’s a similar story to the Aston Martin DB12. Its gorgeous bodywork hides a twin-turbo V8 cranking out 671 horsepower, but it’s even more expensive than the GranTurismo and Roma at nearly $250,000 to start.

Other grand tourers and super coupes can rival the GranTurismo’s performance and even beat it on price. Still, it’s easy to assume most buyers considering the Maserati are seeking a super coupe that speaks to their heart as much as their head.

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