2008 Maserati GT Review

Posted on 09. Jan, 2008 by in Auto News

Thanks to modern speed enforcement, the idea of jumping great continents in a very fast, spectacularly comfortable car is like a quaint concept. And yet, upscale manufacturers to build even compete for the ultimate GT (Gran Turismo). The Mercedes CL63, Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin DB9, BMW 650, Jaguar XKR and the Maserati GT: Reflective of the concept of European origin, the short list of candidates for this award are all on the other side of the pond. Once in possession of or all, but rated the new Maserati, I decided to see if the Mad Italian has what it takes to outdo its continental cousins.

Aesthetically the Maser has its measure. It is the Jessica Alba of the GTs. From every corner of the Italian coupe offers seemingly endless, perfectly shaped curves, all right where they should be. Of his 60 'F1-style curvilinear maw, the subtle swell of the front wheel arches to the gracious sweep its rear air dam, told the GT in the world that Maserati Roots Rock.

The coupe wheelbase makes much of the design success, only the epic Mercedes CL eclipses the Maserati 116 "length at the 192nd" From nose to tail, to help make the NBA proportions that delicious body. Longer and deeper than it really is

Despite its size and scope, the GT is the trunk puny; unlucky for tough case tractor. To make matters worse, there is no substitute. Because the root is opened via an electrically actuated lock, seems the battery located in the micro-grain trade ill advised. The side doors offer a choice of mechanical or electrical opening that makes her feel less operating as a bank vault-like during normal operation.

Maserati has dressed her deep sybaritic cockpit with a variety of high quality, owner selected leathers, trim, stitching and wood surfaces. It's elegant, fragrant and lush. Is on the debit side, the seat is strange unyielding missing all but the Jaguar series of adjustments. And is one of the headliners insolence in this class, deprived of the Quattroporte Faux Suede option. Even so, only the Bentley Continental GT in the interior in accordance with the Maserati GT car for sheer enjoyment.

A DVD-based navigation system dominates the maser modern dashboard. Unlike the German competition, the Maserati GT lacks a complicated electronic interface because there are not enough toys require mass manipulation. Unforgivable, at least for a GT there is no satellite radio, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth connectivity. That is, the Coupé is designed built-in 30-gigabyte hard drive jukebox, and Bose sound system excellent. Sunroof fans out elsewhere (Mercedes is the only member of the group GT offer a sunroof).

No Start button contrivances here. Put simply turn the key and enjoy the fabulous growl of a Ferrari-built, 405hp V8. The noise competes with the outer beauty of the vehicle best feature. Unfortunately, over-revving the engine when stationary is about as good as it gets.

Assesses the current Maserati Coupe has been to Sporting for the audience, most of the performance and grip was developed from. Leave with the six-speed automatic transmission in normal mode, the ride and shift quality decision-placid which increases the weight of the helmet. The GT two-plus tons of mass terminate in the corners, with a lazy turn-in and relentless understeer. Brake feel is similarly subdued and somewhat wooden. Despite the vehicle class 20 "wheels, the car felt as it seems to cross the boulevard instead wanted to bomb the highway.

Pressing the Sport button spans the Maserati GT road feel, and the shifts are a little sharper. But there is no dynamic urgency built into this vehicle. Acceleration from zero to 60 takes a little longer than five seconds, which is decidedly mid-pack for this category. The avoirdupois makes it slower.

I was told that another 50 horsepower is on the way before the end of this year. It could not come too soon. Overall, the GT driving experience feels are dialed back many notches from its full potential. Best is a competent cruiser that encourages a relaxed position-the antithesis of the BMW 6-Series.

Apart from her beauty and glorious engine note, the Maserati holds another trump card: their MSRP. The GT sticker on $ 117k, intact with most of its meager toys. The price undercuts the Mercedes, Bentley and Aston and slightly higher than the BMW and Jaguar. Just do not expect an aggressive leasing program, the residuals are terrible.

The ultimate problem with the drop-dead sexy Maserati GT is endemic in its category: the GT Coupe has lost its original raison d'etre. Since the Maserati lives that look and sound good, maybe that's all that is necessary to compete in a segment of decreasing importance. Since most affluent Pistonheads already a much faster four-door, maybe something a little smaller you would be easier and less refined to serve their needs. Audi R8 anyone?