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Firstly hello everyone. I have been lurking on here for some time reading your ownership experiences of the Granturismo (and other models) and have finally taken the plunge for my first ever Maserati, a new 4.2 for Mid September delivery:

Nero Carbonio Metallic
Avorio Leather with Nero Stitching
Black Piano Wood Trim
20 inch Birdcage Alloys
Yellow Calipers
Skyhook Suspension
Comfort Pack
AUX/USB Input

I have loved the look of the car from day one, to me it's one of those cars that always wows me everytime i see one, and there are quite a few around London. I went for the 4.2 for various reasons but mainly because i sit in plenty of traffic and only get to really drive hard about 5-10% of the time. It has a lovely auto box, enough power when you really it and can still be fun with the Paddleshift gearchanges. Plus a GT S costs a fair bit more and i'm not sure i'll get the benefit from its extra power and possibly less comfort. Plus after coming out of a current shape BMW X5 3.0d M-Sport the 4.2 GT will be more than adequate for now!

Despite being in love with the car, I have two reservations about the GT that I would like to address as soon as possible.

1. I am concerned that the brakes are not responsive enough, the test car i drove really required a heavy foot from high speeds. I have read that this may simply be the pad compound, but i would appreciate any feedback from owners who feel the same and have tried a different type of pad.

2. I love music and driving! Yes, i will listen to the V8 with my windows open but would also like to hear some quality hifi. The BOSE system in my opinion is a complete waste of £1200. It offers little improvement over the standard system and distorts very easily. After speaking to a Car Audio Specialist I was advised to just take the standard system and give them the car to look at when i get it. If they can find a decent audio output from the standard head unit the idea is then to have a separate amp powering quality replacement speakers and a sub, probably in the boot. This way the car looks untouched inside and hopefully offers a huge improvement in quality. I am not looking for 100s of Watts, just clean, crisp audio with ample bass. Again anyone who has built a system in a Granturismo or who has looked into it, please let me know your thoughts.

If i can sort those two items out I am going to be one very happy Maserati owner!! :D
 

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For performance mods, I would suggest talking to jeff over at formula dynamics...

I would suggest getting the ECU he has created... from what I hear, even a few dealerships are putting them on the cars, and they are shocked at how much of an improvement it is over stock :D
 

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As to #1, you are right. The first one (an 08) I drove I felt the brakes were not up to par, and the industry said so as well. I thought, however, that was corrected on the 09 models? Maybe that car demo has a brake issue that will not appear on yours.

You would, however, have options available with Brembo.

You might first want to wait until the car arrives and to familiarize yourself with it to ensure your observation was correct.

You can first have braided brake lines installed to see if that helps as that would not be an expensive mod. This should make a noticeable difference.

As to #2, BOSE is a wste of $. If Maserati offers a 2-channel analog system go for it (I am not sure if they do) and then have a good high end car stereo shop do an upgrade. Take the instyaller's advice with whom you spoke.

You could always fly Jeremy Katz of Advanced Audio near Boston there to do one of his incredible Maserati upgrades.

Don't panic until you get the vehicle and have the chance to deal with it.

Enjoy the beauty of that great car first.
 

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[QUOTE) As to #2, BOSE is a wste of $. If Maserati offers a 2-channel analog system go for it (I am not sure if they do) and then have a good high end car stereo shop do an upgrade. Take the instyaller's advice with whom you spoke.

You could always fly Jeremy Katz of Advanced Audio near Boston there to do one of his incredible Maserati upgrades.

Don't panic until you get the vehicle and have the chance to deal with it.

Enjoy the beauty of that great car first.[/QUOTE]

I'll take a trip to London :D

It is very easy to achieve good sound quilty in these cars as well as upgrading head unit (nitt) so you have better options as far as better gps, ipod, hd radio, bluetooth, amps, speakers.

I would reccomend finding a local shop who you trust and let them replace the front speakers with Hertz Mille MLK2 components and rear fill speakers along with a Audison 5.1k amplifier and a Audio control DQL8 for the oem intergration if you choose not to do the head unit (nit) replacement intergration and of coarse you will need a Hertz Mille subwoofer to play those low notes.... This system will sound awesoem at any volume and playing any kind of music.

We do this upgrade in Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes, Porsche Quite often and every client is completely satisfied after.

Hope this helps.... I could even possibly locate a shop for you...
 

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I recently purchased a 2008 Granturismo and had the stock audio unit removed and replaced with a Kenwood Excelon. The touch screen is great and now I have added bluetooth, Garmin Nav, XM with traffic updates (sirius is also an option) with the new unit. The installers had to keep the old unit and moved it inside the trunk down by the battery so it's out of site. They made a new wood trim bezel around the new Kenwood because it's a larger unit and it looks like it was original.
 

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Deltona -

I recently purchased a 2008 Granturismo and had the stock audio unit removed and replaced with a Kenwood Excelon. The touch screen is great and now I have added bluetooth, Garmin Nav, XM with traffic updates (sirius is also an option) with the new unit. The installers had to keep the old unit and moved it inside the trunk down by the battery so it's out of site. They made a new wood trim bezel around the new Kenwood because it's a larger unit and it looks like it was original.
Lets see pics!
 

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Thanks for the constructive comments, i think i'll evaluate the brakes over a few thousand miles but it seems braided hoses and a different compound of Brembo pad may improve the braking.

As for the audio i need that sorting straight away. From your comments it seems a stock look is possible with a great aftermarket system. Annoyingly, because I haven't got Bose I lose the rear shelf centre speaker which would have been useful for my own sub, i suppose a new grill can be cut into the existing shelf? I'd love to get Advanceaudio79 over to the UK but suspect he'll want a first class return ticket! So if you could point me in the right direction of a London/South East England Audio Specialist that would be great.

Only four weeks to wait now!
 

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I've attached two photos showing the install of the Kenwood and relocation of the old unit inside the trunk.

Looks like a lot of work has gone into your system, i bet it sounds great!

I have spoken with an installer here in the UK. As I want to keep the factory look and head unit he says we must find out:

1. If the factory head unit has a line level output somewhere we can connect to a new amp/s

2. If it does have a line output is it equalised flat or 'pre' equalised for car. If its not flat we need to 'flatten' or re EQ it before it goes into our new amp/s

3. If there is no line level can we take the speaker output and process it sufficiently to get a clean signal suitable for our amp/s

Once we've done that he suggests replacing the front 5 inchers and tweeters and the rear 6 inchers with something like Hertz or DLS all run by the new amp/s. Apparently there are some rear 6 inchers that can actually be used as Subs, If not good enough we can revert to a standard single 10 inch sub in the boot.

Would be grateful to hear you ICE experts opinions and experiences please! :confused:
 

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Looks like a lot of work has gone into your system, i bet it sounds great!

I have spoken with an installer here in the UK. As I want to keep the factory look and head unit he says we must find out:

1. If the factory head unit has a line level output somewhere we can connect to a new amp/s

2. If it does have a line output is it equalised flat or 'pre' equalised for car. If its not flat we need to 'flatten' or re EQ it before it goes into our new amp/s

3. If there is no line level can we take the speaker output and process it sufficiently to get a clean signal suitable for our amp/s

Once we've done that he suggests replacing the front 5 inchers and tweeters and the rear 6 inchers with something like Hertz or DLS all run by the new amp/s. Apparently there are some rear 6 inchers that can actually be used as Subs, If not good enough we can revert to a standard single 10 inch sub in the boot.

Would be grateful to hear you ICE experts opinions and experiences please! :confused:

Did you end up talking to one of the shops I reccomended or you found some one else?

As for the front speakers make sure you 6.5" and if they do not drop in pay the extra money to get them in because it is a big difference fro the front stage compared to 5.25"... You can easily come off the back of the head unit with rca's into a amp no problem. I would reccomend a Audio Control DQL8 though so you can have a full EQ/Processor and use it as a OEM intergartion peice for Ipod. Try to fit a 10" if you can in the back it will be a big improvement over the 6" subs.

Good Luck!
 

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Did you end up talking to one of the shops I reccomended or you found some one else?

As for the front speakers make sure you 6.5" and if they do not drop in pay the extra money to get them in because it is a big difference fro the front stage compared to 5.25"... You can easily come off the back of the head unit with rca's into a amp no problem. I would reccomend a Audio Control DQL8 though so you can have a full EQ/Processor and use it as a OEM intergartion peice for Ipod. Try to fit a 10" if you can in the back it will be a big improvement over the 6" subs.

Good Luck!
Thanks Jeremy, i really value your input. I didn't realise you recommended anyone here in the UK, did i miss your post? As you seem to be the man to advise on this system, would you mind if i contacted you to speak about it? I understand if not as we're all busy people. :)
 

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Thanks Jeremy, i really value your input. I didn't realise you recommended anyone here in the UK, did i miss your post? As you seem to be the man to advise on this system, would you mind if i contacted you to speak about it? I understand if not as we're all busy people. :)
I should have checked my PM, shouldn't I!! I'll reply to it now thanks.
 
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