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GranSport arrived this afternoon. Delighted! Obviously a lot to learn about the gearbox and other controls, but will leave that until tomorrow.

Identical to thebimbo's car, so no point in photos - will post one later just to convince myself it really is here at last!
 

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Congratulations, indeed. Presumably yours is a "mirror-image" of The Bimbo's, in fact? Plus we'd like to see those mats in place! Enjoy yourself.
 

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Congrats, Ian.
Put some pics up when you can - it's always nice to see the cars with backgrounds from different countries.

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Ian,

Congrats too. I pick mine up @ midday on Saturday from Lancaster in Colchester.

Then we'll see how the car compares to a manual 996 in terms of driving into the City of London every day!!

By the way, they have a 575 there for £201K!! It has the same red and green stripes on a white stripe a la Challenge Stradale and the cost???????....... £8,500!!!!! for a car length sticker!!!! To sticker my whole rally car is less than £500!

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i'm still about a month away. would love to hear your thoughts after driving, particularly as is compares to your porsche - i debated between the 997 and gransport, and am hoping i made the right decision. also, pics are always great.
 

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Thanks everyone! Some quickpics here, driving impressions later (but excellent during short run today).

Honestly delighted that I made the change from Porsche - this car is full of character, and I'm surprised by the sophistication and build quality. Five out of my last six cars were Porsches, and maybe that was a mistake - we all need a change from time to time!

Front number plate far too big - will get them to change it. Photos of the red mats to follow for thebimbo - I haven't fitted them yet...
 

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trice,

I will post pics of the interior when our family's only photograpic expert recovers from 'flu - she will want to take her time over the problem of the tech fabric because it tends to reflect flash so badly.

The interior is exactly the same as thebimbo's car apart from dark red mats which I thought would 'lift' the appearance. Now that I have the car I'm quite pleased with the tech fabric - Nero, which is really a dark silver, and contrasts well with the black leather.

The Porsche question is very difficult to answer. So much depends on individual preference and the type of driving you do most often. At this stage all I can say is that the Porsche is more of a sports car, and the GranSport more of a GT. If you want a circuit car go for the Porsche, but if you want an intriguing road car with character go for the Maserati.

The Porsche is, to me at least, far too clinical nowadays. Beautifully engineered, famously reliable and safe as houses through difficult corners, it still doesn't talk to you. It drives you, and pays very little attention to what you think, say, or do!

Bear in mind that I live in a part of Scotland which is 60 miles from the nearest proper city, so most of my driving is on quiet country roads or motorways, and the cambiocorsa system is ideal for the job. How it would cope with pure city driving is difficult to judge, but initial impressions with the GranSport are encouraging.

A complex subject - maybe I'll make more sense when I've done a few hundred miles!
 

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thanks mcnab. my car is very similar. black exterior, black leather, nero fabric, but i went with the red piping to mix it up a bit and match the red brake calipers. i'm still about 5 weeks away - it's feeling like an eternity.
 

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Not quite "success!" as such, but I am "code 30", which means it is being painted (which in turn means it has been built!). Possible early April delivery. :)

BTW I had a fantastic drive today across country on wet roads in my 996. Reminded me (as if I'd forgotten) what a great car it is. The 997 is supposed to be leagues ahead, and the GS just as good as the 997 (and more beautiful, exclusive etc. etc.)!

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no more news from me, but a rosso gransport was parked in cambourne near cambridge last night, with grigio wheels - anyone claim it?
 

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thebimbo said:
Just a quick question to you GranSport owners... I feel the headlights are set too low; another 10-15m of light would be better. Yours too? Or is it just me... had the headlights changed from factory setting on both my previous cars too :?
Same complaint on Spyders and Coups, I have read where people have had dealer set them higher. I am planning on asking for this when my car goes in next week
 

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Car is built and passed quality control at the factory. Expected over here next week! :)

So what's the bad news on running in?
 

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gggs, where are you located? my gs went to a 90 status almost 3 weeks ago. the dealer told me it takes about 4-6 weeks from when it goes to 90 status to ship it to the states, then have it delivered to the dealer.

it's getting very close.....
 

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gggs, where are you located? my gs went to a 90 status almost 3 weeks ago. the dealer told me it takes about 4-6 weeks from when it goes to 90 status to ship it to the states, then have it delivered to the dealer.

it's getting very close.....
Just occasionally there are advantages to living in Europe. :lol: I'm in the UK. They plonk it on a truck and drive it over, with just a short ferry ride on route. Dealer checks it over, gives it a clean and Bob's your Uncle, as we say in these parts. :D

I am interested in what people have to say about running in - how boring and for how long?
 

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gggs wrote:
I am interested in what people have to say about running in - how boring and for how long?

I don't think you'll be bored at all. With so much to learn about the paddle shift - getting it just right in normal and sport mode - you really will enjoy it !

It's difficult with such a willing engine, but I'm trying to stick to 4000 - 5000 rpm for the first 1000 miles, and then gradually increase until I've done about 1500 miles. But then I'm a bit old-fashioned...

:)
 
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