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The debut of Maserati's large luxury coupe, the "GranTurismo" dates back to the 2007 Geneva show. The timeless exterior design based on the "Birdcage 75th" concept car is the reason why the current model continues to be sold nearly 12 years later.
The original design is by Pininfarina. With an overall length of approx. 4.9 m, overall width of approx. 1.9 m, and a wheelbase of approx. 2.9 m, the basic components are based on the ample sized Quattroporte sedan resulting in an elegant form. Despite being a coupe, the rear seats comfortably accommodate two adults and the fact that it is a true four seat cabin with large trunk is surely one of the allures worthy of the GT car name.
The vehicle is blessed not only with design, but with the qualities of a sports car. A look at the vehicle inspection certificate shows the front axle weight at 980 kg and the rear axle at 970 kg making a near 50: 50 weight distribution. The vehicle has been highly praised not only for outright speed, but as a luxury coupe with nimble handling characteristics just like a sports coupe.
The engine is a naturally aspirated 4.2 liter (4244 cc) Ferrari V8 DOHC generating 405 PS / 47.0 kgm. A ZF 6-speed AT is used for the transmission and catalog specs boast 0 → 100 km / h acceleration in 5.2 seconds and 0 → 400 m acceleration in 13.4 seconds. Displacement was eventually increased to 4.7 liters and a "GranTurismo S" using a 6 speed semi AT was released, but this vehicle is a basic early year model.
Maserati's masterpiece began with the 3500GT and follows the history of the Mistral and first generation Ghibli coupes. The "GranTurismo" is a legitimate successor that inherits this pedigree.
|Taichi Fujino's Highlights!|
The grayish silver exterior and light beige color seats of the interior are most memorable. The current owner became interested in Maserati after owning the Quattroporte and purchased this used GranTurismo. Extra effort was made to find a right hand drive model. An early 4.2 liter model with right hand drive is extremely rare. Another focus point was on the inclusion of a wooden steering wheel. Wood trim packages were offered as a factory option and it can be seen on the steering wheel, shift knob and decorative panels along the dashboard. Most used cars on the market have standard leather trim and the wood trim packages are rarely seen.
The upper dashboard and center pad of the steering wheel uses brown leather, the center section of the dashboard and seats are more beige in tone, while the center console and door trim panels are a white-beige color indicating the first owner seemed to have very specific tastes.
The only non-factory item on the vehicle is a radar detector located in front of the air conditioning vent. This was not installed by the current owner, but by the previous owner and can be removed upon request.
Initial registration was on April 2008, while the current owner purchased the vehicle in November 2017 with 18,600 km. Mileage readings over 10 years later during this photo shoot was 21,350 km, showing just how well kept the vehicle was.
The front and rear bumper were slightly scratched on the right side as the current owner attempted to park at home. There is also one small scratch on the wheel, but both are minor and repairs should not be difficult. This is a rare right hand drive vehicle where one can enjoy the unique early model design and Ferrari engine sound.
Originally written by Taichi Fujino
Photo by Junichi Okumura
Published on February 2019
|Year of Purchase||Apr 2008|