I owned a BMW 6 Series and had problems with the gearbox. I had previously told my local BMW dealer and BMW UK of the problem but at the time there was no fix. Just as the car came out of warranty I was told there was a software fix, but I would have to pay for it. I had had enough. It just so happened that on my way to pick my BMW up from the service department I arrived in the car park and there I saw my first Maserati GranTurismo. It looked truly sensational, particularly aspects like the taper of the nose, the massive grille and the way the sills pinched and rolled under the car to give a beautiful waisted look. I immediately decided that the BMW was going and I was going to buy a GranTurismo, if it fitted my needs.
After visiting my local dealer and test driving the GranTurismo I was smitten. I already loved the exterior of the car whilst the interior was quietly conservative in tone the materials, the leathers and plastics, and the feeling of quality were deeply impressive. The satnav/audio system was impressive too with a 30GB hard drive to save stacks of music and the navigation system that was quick and easy to use. The driving experience was more biased toward grand tourer rather than high performance. The 400bhp V8 engine was powerful but the driving experience was not hardcore, but suited my requirements and expectations and was better than the BMW 6 Series. After ensuring that the GranTurismo had enough space in the boot for a set of golf clubs the decision to buy one was finally decided.
We like the GranTurismo, really like it in fact. A bigger, more mature experience than Aston’s V8 Vantage, yet sharper and more engaging than a DB9 or Bentley Conti GT, it manages to combine the edge and infectious enthusiasm of a sports car with the long-legged, refined and sophisticated demeanour of a great GT.by Evo
Searching the UK’s official dealers web pages, I eventually came across a silver GranTurismo with a gorgeous red interior that had only covered 4,000 miles. After speaking to the dealer price was negotiated over the phone, subject to both my BMW and their Maserati being as described.
Just over a week later I had picked up my Maserati GranTurismo and was on my way home. I enjoyed 18 months of ownership using the car every day. It always looked amazing and performed without any issues. Eventually though, I got the itch for an upgrade to the more powerful and focused GranTurismo S version.
The Maserati GranTurismo specification was as follows: