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That is a tough request Steve. Jeff provides a service to both 4200 owners as well as Quattraporte and soon GT Owners. Each buyer has their own reasons to buy a respective model and those reasons undoubtedly trump the competing cars virtues in the buyers' minds. I don't think we should put Jeff in a position where he may compromise himself by opining on the merits of one car versus another.
 

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agree. ..

this is a tough one.
even at the dealership selling Maserati's, Ferrari's, Bentley's.
All that the sales person or the mechanics can say is what their personal favorite would be. They find it hard to comment on which model or make is less reliable. They do however comment on cost of ownership.

I brought my car in for a clear bra yesterday.
I saw a GranSport in for servicing.
What a beautiful car. Definitely different looking from the GT but still a very very nice looking car.
 

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Two different cars. I agree with the comments. In Jeff's position, the cars can use different enhancements. Each car has its own strengths. For example, someone may like the body style of the GT while another may like the console of the GS. Since you can't change from a manual to an automatic clutch system or visa versa then one could say that no matter what is done with the GT they prefer the paddles of the GS. Variety is the spice of life and a tweek here and a tweek there personalizes our experience.
 

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I know what Jeff would say. GS is the best. Black.:D
 

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Black for sure - prefer interior of GT/Coupe.
 

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GT=gorgeous design, more cruiser oriented, heavier, bigger, no F1 trans except for S..the non-S cars have full autos with MB Style paddle shifters.

GS design is beautiful but, not as attractive as the GT (IMO) GS is faster, handles better and is overall more responsive...I was told.

Something I noticed. The GT has way more orange peel in the paint. I realize I may be the only person on the planet who notices these things. But the paint on the GSs is smooth...virtually no 'ripples'...or...'orange peel' in the paint. The GSs were all wet sanded and hand polished. I am guessing they were all hand painted as well. The GT appears to be more machine made.
 

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There's no orange peel on my grigio touring GT and the paint finish is flawless. I have to say it's far superior to my Ferrari's which is interesting as they are supposedly all painted at the same factory.
 

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Same paint plant

:cool:I watched a TV program just a few months ago describing the life of the Ferrari automobile. The last part of the program dealt with modern day Ferrari and had quite a bit of footage at the Maranello plant. To my surprise and delight, a part of the tour showed the Ferrari paint booth. Hung high on adjoining walls were banners of Ferrari and Maserati, AND a Maserati Coupe was being pushed out of the paint booth! Unless Maserati has taken to painting their own vehicles in the past couple of years, I would say that Masers are still painted at the Ferrari manufacturing plant. Also, in the Engine build area of the plant, AGAIN hung wall banners of both Ferrari and Maserati, however, I could not tell from the engines in the work area which were which. Just FYI.
 

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You guys are correct, both Ferraris and Maserati roll off the same production line, though Maseratis are partly assembled in Modena and partly in Maranello.
 

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The coupe with the mods from Jeff makes the car as as good or bettet than the GS and definately better than the GT. The GT S may be the best car, but they are changing the clutch next year. Value wise, I would stick with the coupe and mods.
 

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Carmine, I'd love to see that or try and find it, do you remember what show it was by chance?

:cool:I watched a TV program just a few months ago describing the life of the Ferrari automobile. The last part of the program dealt with modern day Ferrari and had quite a bit of footage at the Maranello plant. To my surprise and delight, a part of the tour showed the Ferrari paint booth. Hung high on adjoining walls were banners of Ferrari and Maserati, AND a Maserati Coupe was being pushed out of the paint booth! Unless Maserati has taken to painting their own vehicles in the past couple of years, I would say that Masers are still painted at the Ferrari manufacturing plant. Also, in the Engine build area of the plant, AGAIN hung wall banners of both Ferrari and Maserati, however, I could not tell from the engines in the work area which were which. Just FYI.
 

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Here's something I found doing a search "Life Inside the Ferrari Factory" but, may not be it....

http://auto.commongate.com/post/Life_Inside_The_Ferrari_Factory/

My Buddy Lorenzo and his company were involved in automating the engine part of the factory. They have also done carbon fiber laminate automation and many others. They are even here in the states, like Hercules in Salt Lake, etc. It is amazing the amount of technology coming out of Italy at this point in time!

http://www.enginsoft.it/
 

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Pretty Sure.........

Guys:

I'm pretty sure that is the TV program of which I spoke. Now, if I could just find out when it will be shown again on my Cable network!
 

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Something I noticed. The GT has way more orange peel in the paint. I realize I may be the only person on the planet who notices these things.
You are not alone - I also noticed the "orange peel" effect in GT paintwork. I was at a car show last year and noticed it was the same on the latest BMWs - so is this part of a particular painting process or what?

It's not in the paint - it looks more like the panel surface is not totally smooth?
 
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