2008 maserati granturismo review




2008 maserati granturismo review

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    2008 maserati granturismo review

    2008 maserati granturismo review

    Awsome styling and engine whine. The Pininfarina body is a classic, and though the electronics interface has some small organizational issues, it generally looks good and works well. Maserati claims milliseconds for the whole procedure and 40ms for engaging the gear, which is every bit as fast as the Ferrari GTB Fiorano. It is, literally, a grand tourer.

    2008 maserati granturismo review

    2008 maserati granturismo review

    2008 maserati granturismo review

    2008 maserati granturismo review

    2008 maserati granturismo review

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    The Good The Maserati GranTurismo performs gracefully because of its power-train tuning and adaptive suspension. Cabin tech includes a hard-drive-based navigation system and an speaker Bose audio system, all wrapped in one of the best-looking cars we've seen. The Bad Although you can rip CDs to the car's hard drive, doing so can take half an hour and it doesn't tag the resulting tracks.

    The phone system only works with European SIM cards. The Bottom Line You can definitely get better cabin tech for the money than you will find in the Maserati GranTurismo, but you won't find a better-looking car.

    2008 maserati granturismo review

    Driving the Maserati GranTurismo is like dating an Italian supermodel: Actually, having never even met an Italian supermodel, we're going with a stereotype here, but in many ways the graceful Pininfarina-designed GranTurismo fits it. Her mouth might be a little big and toothy, but that's where we've pushed the comparison too far. The big toothy grille on the car looks great, but wouldn't work so well on a person.

    As for the cabin electronics, our supermodel's English is maybe not so good, and our Italian is virtually nonexistent. The GranTurismo features a hard-drive-based navigation system with room for music storage, and a menu system that was baffling.

    2008 maserati granturismo review

    But, a little time spent with our beauty started to clear up some of the language barriers. Once we understood her better, we found she was pretty smart, although some of her European traits just don't work in the U.

    Sound off We could listen to the dulcet tones coming from the engine of our Italian beauty for hours on end. Our judges gathered around each car and listened to the engine note as we turned on the ignition, then revved it up. Because the Mercedes-Benz limited the revs to 4, in Neutral and Park, we set that as the upper limit for both cars. The GranTurismo was first up. It uses a 4. Its redline is at 7,rpm. The engine started with a little cough, and then whirred as the revs built up.

    We built up engine speed to 4,rpm, let it drop, then revved it up again. Markovich said of the GranTurismo's engine, "It doesn't have that sort of rasp I would expect from an Italian engine; more refined, befitting the character of the car. Cunningham felt that it wasn't quite like a Ferrari's engine sound, but it seemed to benefit from Italian tuning, eschewing harshness for a fine, silky rumble.

    2008 maserati granturismo review

    This engine produces horsepower at 6,rpm, with a 7,rpm redline, and pound-feet of torque at 5,rpm. The C63 started with an immediate bark, and was overall louder, as we would expect from the increased displacement.

    Cunningham noted the staccato quality of the sound, that you can "hear the valves and injectors working. You can't see much of the GranTurismo's engine, but what you can see looks good. Our judges also admired the look of the engines, although they noted that most of the GranTurismo's engine is hidden by black plastic cladding, with just a nice Maserati trident badge on the intake manifold. The C63's engine is more exposed, with a gray crackle finish on the intake manifold and a small plaque with the signature of the engine builder.

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