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Ok so I'm back in, got a call from Ziegler Maserati that they got one additional alloc for a coupe for april/may 23 delivery at MSRP, so I took it. Had to spec and lock it today, though, so was scrambling a bit but decided to go with grigio mistero, blue calipers, birdcage wheels in glossy black diamond, nero/blue interior. No carbon exterior. Hope I didn't choose too hastily!
 

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Well, I may be a little biased, but that’s my car (delivered last week), except I have the Nero leather interior with silver stitching (it looks great, and I was concerned about it), and the carbon fiber roof. I think the car is stunning (again, perhaps I’m biased), and I’ve spent hours looking at it. You will not be disappointed. Only thing I’m mentioning as I obsessed over the specs originally, is that the blue on the seats is not Maserati blue (which the calipers and driving mode button are); it’s a much lighter blue.
 

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Well, I may be a little biased, but that’s my car (delivered last week), except I have the Nero leather interior with silver stitching (it looks great, and I was concerned about it), and the carbon fiber roof. I think the car is stunning (again, perhaps I’m biased), and I’ve spent hours looking at it. You will not be disappointed. Only thing I’m mentioning as I obsessed over the specs originally, is that the blue on the seats is not Maserati blue (which the calipers and driving mode button are); it’s a much lighter blue.
awesome what are your impressions of driving? Pics pls!
 

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Impressions:
The design is fantastic…not over-the-top like many cars in its category (if you want something that stops traffic everywhere you go, then get it in Yellow or Blue…that’s not my MO; rather I’d like to be as under-the-radar as one can be with such a car).

The size: Some forums have stated it looked like the size of an Alpha 4C; i.e., small. Those who said that I don’t think had ever seen the car in person, let alone own on. The size is excellent…super comfortable on the inside, “feels” a bit larger than the current generation 911, similar in size to the R8, but a more sporty driving experience (just an opinion here). Dimension-wise, it appears they targeted the 488 (etc.), as well as the Huracan.

Comfort: it’s becoming my daily driver…it’s just too much fun, and every time I walk up to it, I’m wowed, then stop and admire it (you’d think I were 16 and seeing a Countach for the first time, LOL).

Driving: I haven’t played around with Corsa mode yet (that’s this next week), but my preference is Sport mode (middle mode) with shocks set to soft (it doesn’t really need harder shocks for any sort of normal driving like highways or around town). Sport mode opens up the exhaust a bit more (better sound) and changes the automatic (D mode) shift points to be better. It’s the first car that I’ve actually enjoyed the paddles (it might just be my issue though, as there are plenty of good paddle cars out there), and excepting stop-and-go traffic, or navigating a parking lot, Manual mode is definitely the way to go.

Acceleration: Far more than the average enthusiast needs, certainly. It is FAST, and I’m envious that one of the other owners here gets to track his car often…I don’t have that luxury. Did I mention the paddles are really very smooth and a lot of fun 😎

Ride: Obviously this can be subjective depending upon what your use for the car is. If it is to run it at the track on weekends, then I think Corsa mode probably fits that well. If it is for all other uses, then D or M with GT or Sport (with soft shocks) makes it a wonderful daily driver. Smooth, nice ride, great handling, plenty of room (no storage though, LOL), great acceleration (the paddles work like some of my past cars; ie you can use them to down shift and accelerate, then if you do nothing (and you’re in D mode), then it reverts back to D mode (automatic) after around seven seconds. This is a convenient feature.

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Interior: I really like the interior (pics online and even cars I saw in person didn’t seem to resonate with me…it wasn’t until I was in it and driving). It is minimalistic, but everything you need is right there (auto/manual, drive modes, paddles, and then AC and radio on a split screen). There’s really nothing more I use.

Size: Bigger than I thought…perfect size for ride, comfort, and emotional presence.

Quality: Leather is beautiful, as you’d expect from Masersti. Being able to see the carbon on the door for example is really cool as well. Entry/Exit (it helps to be fit and if you know some yoga moves; in which case, it’s easy to get in and out, especially considering the doors and it being so low to the ground).

Overall: On a ten-point scale, I’d give it a 9.5. There are a couple things I’d like to see, but I think those are really just personal preferences. As for style, the engine, the ride, the handling, and comfort, it’s a 10! The class of car it competes in are either more expensive (Ferrari for example), or they are cars that have been updated, but are an older generation car (Lamborghini for example).

If you don’t love the car, then you’ve been super fortunate to own cars in a much higher category, plus, I’m sure the day you take delivery, the dealer will be happy to sell it to someone else at no financial loss to you. I’ll be going for a drive right after the France F1 qualies that starts in a few minutes.

P.S. My dealer has been great to deal with from start to finish and once delivered, Maserati corp has been excellent as well (I think this car is the beginning of a cultural change a Masersti…just a feeling).
 

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Awesome build, I actually watched the youtube vid your dealer did of your car yesterday while I was on the phone with mine trying to pick colors lol. I'm also an under the radar guy, so was torn between grigio misterio and incognito, still not sure if I may switch it to incognito (dealer said he won't know if the build submission from yesterday has locked yet until Maserati confirms so I may have ability to switch still).

Did you get the upgraded sound package? I added it, wasn't going to as I was trying to keep my build around 250 but the dealer highly recommended it.
 

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I didn’t get the Sonus Faber upgrade (even though a friend actually works for them)…great audio company. My thinking was a) I want to listen to the engine, b) I mostly listen to Bloomberg, versus music, and c) wanted to keep my build cost down. I think if you enjoy music and want to listen to it while driving the car, then it’s a good option, as the base radio isn’t really meant for audiophiles.

One thing I was really surprised at is how good the carbon fiber roof looked. It’s stunning, but in an understated way. Only thing I’d have changed on my build was to add the lift kit (tried, but it was too late). That was a decent-size mistake I made (Penny-wise, pound-foolish). You don’t have to worry about that as the ‘23s come standard with the lift (it’s needed).
 

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I didn’t get the Sonus Faber upgrade (even though a friend actually works for them)…great audio company. My thinking was a) I want to listen to the engine, b) I mostly listen to Bloomberg, versus music, and c) wanted to keep my build cost down. I think if you enjoy music and want to listen to it while driving the car, then it’s a good option, as the base radio isn’t really meant for audiophiles.

One thing I was really surprised at is how good the carbon fiber roof looked. It’s stunning, but in an understated way. Only thing I’d have changed on my build was to add the lift kit (tried, but it was too late). That was a decent-size mistake I made (Penny-wise, pound-foolish). You don’t have to worry about that as the ‘23s come standard with the lift (it’s needed).
Agree on the roof, esp in the vid of your car, that is a gorgeous combo. I was wondering whether there was a front lifter lol, glad to know it's included now. I'm no audiophile and generally listen to the engine or podcasts, maybe I'll drop the sonus. Anyway, you should start up a new thread with more pics and driving impressions as you put the miles on it, I for one will be reading for some vicarious enjoyment lol. I'm hoping to get a drive at some point if my dealer gets a car back, maybe as people switch up for the cielos they'll be rolling in.
 

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A few suggestions, FWIW…

Interior: go see the standard interior that most of the white cars were ordered with…the blue is more like a sky blue or baby blue…doesn’t match the calipers, doesn’t match the MC20 Drive Mode selector (those are Masersti blue). I knew that would bother me every time I got in the car…if the color difference doesn’t bother you, then you are good.

Roof: I wouldn’t have ordered the carbon roof; however, I had heard all first-Gen cars had to have a black roof. The difference between black roof ($4) and carbon ($6) was $2k…so that was a no-brainer that my dealer pointed out, so we went with carbon. What a fantastic decision that was…it just sets the car off so beautifully. It’s hard to photograph to where one can see how demonstrative the difference is (or needs a better photographer). You may want to drop the Sonus and get the roof (I think it’s similar in cost, if not a little less for the roof).

Blind Spot Detection: This is an Absolute must-have (make certain it’s on your build…it’s a cheap option (if they didn’t add it for the ‘23s).

Heated Front Seats: Very cheap option (no-brainer)…might be handy a few times a year.

Stitched Trident: Cheap option…makes the headrests.

Ext Electrochromatic Mirrors: Cheap option…no brainer.

My understanding is the ‘23s have an interior carbon package as standard (don’t bank on that though); however, my car has plenty of carbon so I don’t miss it.

If you are able to drive one, I’d suggest Manual and Sport mode with shocks off…you’ll smile 😎
 

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A few suggestions, FWIW…

Interior: go see the standard interior that most of the white cars were ordered with…the blue is more like a sky blue or baby blue…doesn’t match the calipers, doesn’t match the MC20 Drive Mode selector (those are Masersti blue). I knew that would bother me every time I got in the car…if the color difference doesn’t bother you, then you are good.

Roof: I wouldn’t have ordered the carbon roof; however, I had heard all first-Gen cars had to have a black roof. The difference between black roof ($4) and carbon ($6) was $2k…so that was a no-brainer that my dealer pointed out, so we went with carbon. What a fantastic decision that was…it just sets the car off so beautifully. It’s hard to photograph to where one can see how demonstrative the difference is (or needs a better photographer). You may want to drop the Sonus and get the roof (I think it’s similar in cost, if not a little less for the roof).

Blind Spot Detection: This is an Absolute must-have (make certain it’s on your build…it’s a cheap option (if they didn’t add it for the ‘23s).

Heated Front Seats: Very cheap option (no-brainer)…might be handy a few times a year.

Stitched Trident: Cheap option…makes the headrests.

Ext Electrochromatic Mirrors: Cheap option…no brainer.

My understanding is the ‘23s have an interior carbon package as standard (don’t bank on that though); however, my car has plenty of carbon so I don’t miss it.

If you are able to drive one, I’d suggest Manual and Sport mode with shocks off…you’ll smile 😎
The 23s have made the blind spot, mirrors, etc. as standard. Also the '23 drive mode selector has a screen in it, not sure if the blue ring remains?

The interior carbon package and heated seats are required to be added with the nero/blue cielo interior.

The CF roof does look awesome, I was initially thinking I was going to satin black wrap the roof to match the lower panels, but not sure. Also still torn on whether to go incognito or misterio, tough to do not having seen color samples.
 

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My original order a year ago was a 22, Last month they told me that my car will now be a 23, I spec front lift and blind spot, wondering if that will be free now? Or Basic MSRP will go up?
Base price is 230 now, up from 216 or something.
 

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Base for ‘22 was $210, so yes, I’d assume with a ‘23 car you should definitely get lift kit and blind spot (plus some other options) which helps offset the increase in base price—your GM will be able to confirm. I would “assume” that if you have a ‘23 car, then your base has gone up. Regardless, speaking from an owner’s perspective, if the price is higher, it’s still well worth it…amazing car, and one that I think at the price point has very limited competition, but that’s just a personal opinion, nothing more.
 

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I guess you guys are correct about price increase, Im hoping this car is as good as things im hearing out there, I passed on a few good cars, My dealer is saying I should have my car by middle of Nov. Im not sure if they even no, my build.
Gloss Yellow Painted Brake Calipers with Black Maserati Script
EXTERIOR COLORBianco Audace
WHEELS20" Corsa Design Forged Wheels - Glossy Dark Miron Cut Finish
INTERIOR
SEATSCuoio
OPTIONS
MASERATI TRIDENT STITCHED ON HEADREST
HEATED FRONT SEATS
SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM
CARBON CERAMIC BRAKES
CARBON FIBER SPOILER
CARBON FIBER ROOF
DARK EXHAUST TIPS
 

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So I decided to switch to Grigio incognito, dealer said it’s a nonmetallic similar to Audi nardo gray or Porsche chalk, hopefully it’s a good choice lol. Should go well w the blue calipers and blue nielo int
 

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The car’s so stunning that I believe there’s no wrong color, more just what is the color that fits the persona of the owner…if you’re comfortable in that palette, then it will be great. My personal opinion FWIW is that it’s a great choice…I’ve come close to ordering Audi’s and Porsches in that color. Well done…excited to see pics when it arrives 😎
 
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