Road Test: Maserati GT

Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson and Prince Rainier III of Monaco ratcheted up their already glamorous images by driving a Maserati GranTurismo. If you've got a fortune, this automotive beauty will surely do the same for you. Sixty years after the GT's debut, its glorious looks and nimble performance are as contemporary as ever. I relish this coupe's exacting steering, confident handling and new smooth-shifting six-speed automatic gearbox. Its 0-to-60 time is 5.1 seconds, which, while not a ripping speed, is thrilling enough.

This four-seater, with room for two adults in back, rides on formidable 19-in. wheels, has LED taillights for excellent all-weather visibility and stops fast with racing-inspired Brembo brakes. And like any true fashion plate, the GranTurismo insists on custom flourish. There are 19 exterior colors to choose from and 10 interior leather hues. You could pay less for a comparably equipped touring car but you wouldn't cut nearly as dashing an image.

Tip: With only 2,000 GTs destined for the States this year, expect a four-month wait.

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