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.
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).