MASERATI GRANTURISMO S
It is: Four-seater sports coupé assembled at Maserati’s Modena factory. The body is made by ITCA in Turin, then painted by Ferrari at its Maranello HQ. The 4.7-litre, 434 bhp V8, with some Ferrari lineage, is built to Maserati specification by Ferrari. Sixspeed paddle-shift automatic gearbox and Sport button which resets the gearchange, accelerator response, stability and exhaust flow.
Top speed: 183mph, with 0-62mph in five seconds.
Eco: Carbon dioxide emissions are 385g/km and average consumption is 17.2mpg. Best on test: 21.6mpg.
Price: £86,765 which includes navigation, 20 inch wheels, leather interior, power front seats, NavTrak recovery system, rear parking sensors, Maserati design dashboard timepiece, Skyhook adaptive suspension, rain sensors, xenon active headlamps with, choice of interior trim panels in wood or synthetic, 10 leather colours, eight carpet colours etc. Length: 192 inches (4.88m). Weight: 1880kg. Options: Metallic paint from £552 to £5,288 for pearlescent; spacesaver spare wheel £588; tyre-pressure display £588, plus various carbon-fibre components. Also offered with automated manual gears, at £90,455, or as a six-speed automatic with a 399bhp, 4.2litre V8 and reduced equipment, at £80,450.
Gran Cabrio: A convertible version with the 4.7-litre engine and ZF automatic gears costing £96,175. Format as for the coupé with four seats but a smaller boot though you could use the hood storage area when the roof is up.The 0-62mph time is 5.3 seconds with a maximum of 175mph.
Economy: 18.5mpg and 354g/km.
Roof: Fully automatic operation in 28 seconds from inside the car or by inserting the key in the door lock. Triple layer roof, weighing 65kg, with six colour choices. Operates at speeds below 19mph.
Verdicts: These Maseratis are coveted and covetable. The response of other motorists, cyclists, bikers, hikers, vigilant car-park people, everyone, validates the success of the design. Much as I like open cars, I preferred the dynamics of the coupé. It is 100kg lighter, handled better, braked more efficiently – in comparison after the coupé, the Cabrio felt under-braked. The Cabrio also has some structural noises over moorland terrain but if you want to make a grand arrival in sunny weather, there is nothing at this price to match the Cabrio, and you get even more of the exhaust sounds.
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