WOW! (underwhelmed)... 5 second numbers puts it in a class with 100 other cars. If that's what MNA wants... What's exotic about this car again??? The name? DON'T TRASH IT AGAIN! It took 20 years to get it back to America because of the last screw up!Glenn Wallace said:That steering wheel cover needs to go.
Winding Road said:As with all modern high-end sports cars from the Fiat Group, the GranTurismo’s interior is beautiful, expensive, and well built. It’s a shame to see that automatic gearbox, though, isn’t it?
We liked the car’s rear fenders the most, while the front end profile appears a little too much like a Honda S2000 for our tastes. Taken from the three-quarter view, however, we must say this is the most beautiful contemporary Maserati we’ve seen since the Merak or Khamsin. If this car is so beautiful, why haven’t they put in a larger engine (some have commented that the 4.2-liver V-8 isn’t enough)? Can Maserati ever be great as a Ferrari underling?
italiancars said:BASTA! Enough.
You guys sound like a wife that has been married too long, complaining for the sake of complaining.
First it was about the styling, claiming it had port holes from a Buick till it was pointed out that these were from Pininfarina's 1st Maserati built in 1948.
Now it’s about the engine size, the transmission, the weight, etc. What's next that you don't like the valve stem caps?
The 1st thing you need to do is learn something about product cycling an automobile. A car must last anywhere between 5 to 10 years before its replacement.
When introduced a new car (and this goes for any manufacturer) will have a proven powertrain to ensure reliability. The fact that Maserati is only producing automatics at this time is a smart business move from the purchasing and production standpoint.
By building nothing but automatics in the GranTurismo and QP, they are able to buy a larger quantity from the supplier at probably a reduced price. This will also pay off in a streamlined production run.
After the initial run of automatics, probably by fall (Paris Auto Show perhaps).
You may see the intro of the CC trans & 4.7 engine (BTW Ferrari does not have a 4.7 V8 only Alfa and that isn't in prodcution yet). That should carry the car through at least the 3rd year of its production cycle. Then you will see another new variant of the car to carry it through a couple of more years. From there you will get a minor facelift, good for a couple of more years as plans take shape for the cars replacement in a few more years. And the whole cycle starts over again. Every manufacturer does it this way.
I've owned 11 Maseratis over 20+ years and have known many people in senior management of the company over the years. I can tell everyone flat out that the current management is the best that Maserati has ever had since it was incorporated in 1914. So relax and enjoy your Maserati, and be grateful that the Maserati name will live on for long time.
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