I was under the impression there are two convertibles coming: 1) a convertible of the granturismo (deliveries in 2009), and 2) a convertible of a shortened granturismo (deliveries in 2010). i guess no one really knows.And there should be back seats too (again, as far as I was told by insiders, though that was a while ago).
I heard they would build a smaller, 2-seater convertible aimed at the more "sporting" crowd to extend the appeal of the brand to a wider public. It could have a new high-output V6 engine being developed today by Maserati, which would be cheaper to build & cheaper to maintain than the V8.I wasn't aware of that. But why would they build two models?
The problem I see in fighting Porsche is that they are a mass-production industrial enterprise with enormous economies of scale and shared components across all product platforms. There is no way Maserati could match Porsche's economies of scale with its sales volumes (10,000 per year against Porsche's 160,000?) and with its small-scale production operations. And even if the new convertible did increase global sales, it would take years before Maserati could build up enough volume to become competitive on price. So, either they'd have to price the new car just about at cost to aggressively take on the market (but how long could they sustain this strategy financially?) or they'd have to price it way above the Cayman/Boxster bracket, thus not generating the volumes they need.I don't think it's mission impossible, as long as their target production numbers are reasonable. I'd hate to think that if they pushed the envelope with their assembly lines, product quality may deteriorate and Maserati may kiss goodbye to the hard earned reputation they've built since the launch of the Coupe'.
Waiting will surely get you a better deal. Sadly, there seems to be no price bottom for Maseratis. With that said, most, Ferrari and Porsche values are sinking fast as well.So - should I wait until the launch of the new Spyder to get a better deal or does 4200 become a modern classic and holds its value like Ferraris and many Porsches?
Niteroi, would you buy a car for a certain sum if you could have the same car for a lot less in half year's time?Also, if you are worried about the price of admission you are going to be surprised with maintenance costs...
this is what i was talking about. they mention 2 convertibles, a baby one and a full granturismo one.I was under the impression there are two convertibles coming: 1) a convertible of the granturismo (deliveries in 2009), and 2) a convertible of a shortened granturismo (deliveries in 2010). i guess no one really knows.