the staff of Motorsport Marketing
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4/20/15 9:43 a.m.

How would you like a GT car from Maserati that looks like a million bucks, offers room for four adults, and doesn’t resem-ble anything else on the market? Meet the Maserati GranTur-ismo. It’s one of today’s stand-out values. While new ones carry an MSRP north of $132,000, you can buy an early example–nearly the same car–for less than half that figure.

True, many exotics depreciate, but at varying times the GranTurismo has been discounted by its maker. This has pushed down the prices on the used ones more than usual. End result? You can get an even bigger deal than you’d expect.

The GranTurismo came state-side for the 2008 model year, replacing the simply named Coupé. The GranTurismo also added some serious style to the Maserati floor: distinctive Mase-rati oval grille, big hips and three ports punctuating each front fender. Underpinnings were shared with the four-door Maserati Quattro-porte as well as the two-seat Ferrari 599. The GranTurismo’s 4.2-liter V8 makes 400 horsepower, enough topropel the 2-ton coupe to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

The GranTurismo’s curvy shape is deceptively practical. As noted by Hugh Bate, president of Char-iots of Palm Beach, the GranTur-ismo has more interior room than many of its contemporaries. As a result, he continues, the Gran-Turismo has an actually usable rear seat. Most cars in this class just don’t offer such a feature, including the Porsche 911. The GranTurismo is also an exotic that you don’t see every day, even in places where exotics are known to congregate.

The GranTurismo line didn’t remain stagnant over the years, either. A convertible showed up for 2010, and Maserati peri-odically added more power and sport to the model line. Look closely and you’ll notice that the later cars were available with more aggressive aero add-ons, while the current model features a 4.7-liter V8 that produces 454 horsepower. An optional semi-automatic gearbox also became available, although Bate says that the standard ZF automatic suits the car very, very well.

Despite the upgrades, don’t discount the early cars. “Out of the box, it was a good car,” says Bate. “So that’s the value buy.”

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wspohn
wspohn HalfDork
4/20/15 10:48 a.m.

Same situation as many Jaguar models - available surprisingly early at surprisingly decent used prices.

Both share one thing - surprisingly expensive maintenance costs!

wearymicrobe
wearymicrobe SuperDork
4/20/15 4:16 p.m.

The only modern car I have ever seen on the side of the road on fire is a Maserati. What is worse is I have seen three do that in the last six years or so.

aircooled
aircooled MegaDork
4/20/15 6:12 p.m.

Of the cars I would consider buying for 60 grand, a rapidly depreciating used Maserati is VERY low on the list!

racerdave600
racerdave600 SuperDork
4/20/15 6:54 p.m.

I'm with aircooled on this one. If I had $60k to spend on a car, it would be pretty low on my list too. I know it shares a lot of Ferrari technology, but what you end up with is a costly exotic that will be fighting for Fiat 500 dollars in a few years.

oldtin
oldtin UberDork
4/20/15 7:03 p.m.

still pretty painful to know your $60k will be worth $20k in just a couple more years. What I'm curious about is how low will early GTs go. Thinking some will be sub 10k. Would make a hell of a locost donor.

maseratiguy
maseratiguy Reader
4/20/15 8:54 p.m.

Funny, last car I saw burning on the side of the road was a Camry, go figure. Too bad the Mas didn't come with a manual trans. and yeah, they may depreciate further but still comparable car with say an AM, though I think the AM is better looking, (but no back seat if that's important). Also, yeah it may take a bit of maintenance but would you turn your nose up at a 355, Testarossa, 512BB? with their engine out services?

maseratiguy
maseratiguy Reader
4/20/15 8:54 p.m.

Funny, last car I saw burning on the side of the road was a Camry, go figure. Too bad the Mas didn't come with a manual trans. and yeah, they may depreciate further but still comparable car with say an AM, though I think the AM is better looking, (but no back seat if that's important). Also, yeah it may take a bit of maintenance but would you turn your nose up at a 355, Testarossa, 512BB? with their engine out services?

kazoospec
kazoospec Dork
6/5/15 8:50 p.m.

I priced out the new Stingray I want, it came to 60K, so . . .

maseratiguy
maseratiguy Reader
6/10/15 7:40 p.m.

Yes, you could get a new Corvette, of which many are lunching their motors.

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