The trouble with recommending a new GranTurismo is that the car is old now, and there's no shortage of alternatives at the price point. As a used buy however, the GranTurismo prospect looks far more enticing.
Oh sure, people have to buy new cars for used bargains to be had, but then that's also the joy of the big Maserati having been around for a while: judging by the amount now available, plenty were sold in the car's heyday. Meaning you can take your pick of exactly the one you want...
This particular car has the MC Shift gearbox which, in truth, is probably a bit too racy for grand touring aspirations, though some may appreciate its fiercer nature when driving a bit faster. Moreover, where the auto was mounted with the engine, the MC Shift was in a transaxle out back, which took weight away from the nose.
The choice is ultimately personal preference, though this car also appeals for its colour combination, full Maserati service history and warranty. Fear not, however, as the GranTurismo is not known to be plagued by problems; as the PH Buying Guide shows, if you keep on top of servicing and a few minor issues (often associated with early cars) it needn't be troublesome.
this car available at £33,990 thanks to its mileage now being more than 50,000. For this much style, drama and performance, that doesn't look like an awful lot of money. You can pay more for later, lower mileage cars, though what's on offer at £40,000 seems enough for most.
Well, at least as far as GranTurismos are concerned. Also part of the V8s shoot was an Aston V8 Vantage, another very pretty sports car that's been around a fair while now. It's also a car that was revised in 2008 to bring a larger 4.7 engine, making it the car for many that it always should have been. And there are cars like this manual one available at £41,999. What a decision to have to make - where would your £40K be going?
MASERATI GRANTURISMO S
Engine: 4,691cc V8
Transmission: 6-speed automated manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 460@7,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 383@4,750rpm
MPG: 19.6 (NEDC combined)
Recorded mileage: 44,000 miles
Year registered: 2009
Price new: £110,110
Price now: £39,990
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(Spec details for MC Stradale, V8 and Maserati pic by Chris Teagles)