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Tell me why a GT is not considered "Exotic"

Many times I read posts stating our modern GT's are not considered "Exotics".

What's behind this reasoning?

Are GT's relatively rare - Yes

Do they have exotic Ferrari-made engines - Yes

Are parts hard to acquire and more expensive than Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar - Yes (In most cases)

Are they serviced by dealerships that typically partner with Ferrari, Bentley, Aston-Martin - Yes


To 99% of the population, a Maserati GT / GranCabrio IS an Exotic. (Including my Hagerty Insurance agent)


I wonder if it's those who also own Ferrari's and Lamborghini's in this forum that claim GT's are not in that category?
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I consider it an exotic as most scan tools don't cover Maserati or most parts catalogs...Most European shops won't work on them...That being said they are not crazy exotic as a Ferrari or Lambo....It's kinda a matter of opinion honestly.....Jason

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Many times I read posts stating our modern GT's are not considered "Exotics".

What's behind this reasoning?

Are GT's relatively rare - Yes

Do they have exotic Ferrari-made engines - Yes

Are parts hard to acquire and more expensive than Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar - Yes (In most cases)

Are they serviced by dealerships that typically partner with Ferrari, Bentley, Aston-Martin - Yes


To 99% of the population, a Maserati GT / GranCabrio IS an Exotic. (Including my Hagerty Insurance agent)


I wonder if it's those who also own Ferrari's and Lamborghini's in this forum that claim GT's are not in that category?



Everything on that list applies to QP 6 (5), Ghibli and Levante as well, so I guess it's a matter of perspective and personal experience.
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I would consider the GT as a nice, luxury touring car or lower end exotic car. I think the mass produced Ghibli & Levante have weakened the brand name a lot. I only consider rare Pagani, Koenigsegg, Bugatti, LaFerrari, Aston One-77 or McLaren P1 etc. as true exotic cars. Just my 2 cents.
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I would consider the GT as a nice, luxury touring car or lower end exotic car. I think the mass produced Ghibli & Levante have weakened the brand name a lot. I only consider rare Pagani, Koenigsegg, Bugatti, LaFerrari, Aston One-77 or McLaren P1 etc. as true exotic cars. Just my 2 cents.

I think you are talking mermaids....I'm around cars all the time and haven't come close to seeing any of those cars...You are talking about super cars...A Ferrari or Lambo is an exotic car IMO....Every time we have a 430 ,458, etc. at the shop I end up taking photos of the UPS drivers and uniform people sitting in them...That seems pretty exotic in my mind....Jason

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I think "exotic" is a relative term depending on who is saying it, and where they are. For instance, a Corvette is an exotic car in Japan. Here and now, I do think Maserati still holds the distinction, but barely, and less since FCA acquired the brand and started churning out sedans and SUV's under the same marque. Silly as it sounds, I think the attributes which score a vehicle higher on the "exotic" scale are not necessarily good... for instance, higher price, high cost of maintenance, high cost and high incidence of repairs, limited dealer network, etc. Anecdotally, my Lotus is pretty much universally described as an exotic, but I can't say that will last forever as they've been acquired by Geely, and their strategy going forward is heavily dependent on Lotus branded sedans and crossover suv's with reasonable leases. Once you go from seeing a Lotus a month if you're lucky, to seeing several a week (albeit different models than mine) the luster of the brand begins to tarnish, and it will provoke less "exotic" emotions.

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I think "exotic" is a relative term depending on who is saying it, and where they are. For instance, a Corvette is an exotic car in Japan. Here and now, I do think Maserati still holds the distinction, but barely, and less since FCA acquired the brand and started churning out sedans and SUV's under the same marque. Silly as it sounds, I think the attributes which score a vehicle higher on the "exotic" scale are not necessarily good... for instance, higher price, high cost of maintenance, high cost and high incidence of repairs, limited dealer network, etc. Anecdotally, my Lotus is pretty much universally described as an exotic, but I can't say that will last forever as they've been acquired by Geely, and their strategy going forward is heavily dependent on Lotus branded sedans and crossover suv's with reasonable leases. Once you go from seeing a Lotus a month if you're lucky, to seeing several a week (albeit different models than mine) the luster of the brand begins to tarnish, and it will provoke less "exotic" emotions.

Lotus is a weird ass car company...I think people merge with them to steal their engineering.. I used to fix Turbo Esprits back in the day and have been to their tech center here in Atlanta...Now that is an exotic weird car for sure...We get calls to work on them and we just pass on it...Jason

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Many times I read posts stating our modern GT's are not considered "Exotics".

What's behind this reasoning?

Are GT's relatively rare - Yes

Do they have exotic Ferrari-made engines - Yes

Are parts hard to acquire and more expensive than Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar - Yes (In most cases)

Are they serviced by dealerships that typically partner with Ferrari, Bentley, Aston-Martin - Yes


To 99% of the population, a Maserati GT / GranCabrio IS an Exotic. (Including my Hagerty Insurance agent)


I wonder if it's those who also own Ferrari's and Lamborghini's in this forum that claim GT's are not in that category?
All true however for me, one of the qualifiers for being a true exotic is price of admission, and in this aspect, the GT falls a bit short. I consider a MSRP of at least $200k for a base model to be considered an exotic.

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No offense to anyone as some of you guys own a bunch of hot cars so it seems normal, but to the general public a Maserati is a pretty fancy car...It beats the shit out of a Hyundai Sonata or Ford Focus that most people drive to work daily.... Just saying...J

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I think "exotic" is a relative term depending on who is saying it, and where they are .
Exactly !
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+1...I did a pre-purchase on like a 1985 Alfa Spider the other day.. It was an exotic in my mind....and a piece of crap, but that is another matter... ...Jason

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Every time I try to get insurance for my QP it is an "exotic" according to the insurance companies! My broker discussed changing insurance companies to help me save a few bucks, but then he noticed that the Maserati is classed as a "special rate vehicle" and the company he was looking at would not do less than $1,000 deductible as a result. No go for me! Any car that doesn't just come up in regular databases and can't be fixed at Pep Boys is an exotic as a practical matter. You can split all the hairs you want, but for me "exotic" just means "out of the ordinary" for all these automotive services etc.

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Oh another thing, the DuoSelect definitely makes it more of an exotic, just ask the guys at the tire shop who have to figure out how to put it in gear to move it around the shop! Half the time somebody runs inside asking to speak to me because no one can figure out why my car isn't creeping in 'D'. "Give it gas" I tell them. "HUH??" "What kind of crazy car is this?"

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What is an Exotic Car? To find it out I asked exotic-cars.com. There is written, among other things:"Stunning looks: This is the feature that is the prime differentiator between common and exotic cars. The exotic cars have looks that are out-of-this-world and are much sleeker and sophisticated if you compare them with normal cars. Again as it’s being said that beauty lies in the eyes of beholder, it depends upon person to person. Somebody may just vouch for some cars while for others it may be a normal and ordinary affair."

And that's exactly why a Granturismo is an Exotic Car for me. People are still talking to me about the beautiful and extraordinary design of this car, taking pictures, turning around when I drive by and thumbs up, again and again. Friends tell me when I use the GT: "ah, Daniel is back on the street with his Bat-mobile".

E.g. applied to the other current Maserati models you do not have this in Ghibli, QP or Levante. These are all very nice cars as well, but the very special appearance is missing.

Oh yes, and there is still the sound. If we take this into consideration, then the Granturismo is a Hyper Car.
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