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A nice start to the month, and a bit of a surprise.

Maseratis remain relatively rare, but not unknown, although they’re usually not stationary when around here, and are generally only seen ‘passing through’.

So, spotting a parked 2009 Maserati GranTurismo (which the registration implies to have a 4,691 cc engine), was something of a surprise. The body style is base, which should be a 4,244 cc motor, while the larger engine belongs in the slightly different Sport body. The difference amounts to 405 BHP as against 460 BHP, translating to a 0-60 time of 5.3 sec, or 4.7 sec. Maserati quotes its top speeds in kph rather than mph, which I can never be bothered converting, but the difference between the two is only 15 kph.

More interesting is the absolute howler of a spelling mistake in the Maserati brochure, where it refers to “breaking distance”.

I’ll have a wild guess, and suggest they had something more like “braking distance” in mind here. But this is a poor example of quality control given their prices. It’s perhaps understandable for someone with no knowledge of cars and associated terminology, but for a company supposedly in love with cars?

Maserati GranTourismo

Maserati GranTourismo

Maserati GranTourismo

Maserati GranTourismo

Oopsie:

Maserati specs

Maserati specs

Meanwhile, in China

In case you hadn’t noticed, China is becoming the biggest market for luxury and supercars, with companies such as Rolls Royce naming it as their No 1 market, and Porsche about to follow suit, while BMW, Mercedes, and companies such as Lamborghini, Pagani, Zonda, Ferrari etc sending just about anything they can build over there. And that’s with 100% tax doubling their prices – and more.

Doesn’t mean they can drive them though, as Car News China informed us.

Below you can see another white Maserati GranTourismo, but this one is in Chongqing, China.

And, yes, it really is parked in the middle of the road.

Chinese Maserati parking

Chinese Maserati parking

It was parked there by Ms X, a 22-year old who had taken the car because her mother  barely used it, and she thought it was such a waste to leave it sitting in the garage.

Ms X said she thought it was all right because the lines on the middle of the road looked the same as the lines on the sides of the road, where many cars were parked. The nice policeman explained that parking on the middle of the road was not allowed, then explained the difference between white and yellow lines, and let her go with a warning.

Chinese Maserati parking

Maserati ownership in China, where cars under 500 BHP are generally considered ‘underpowered’, shows an interesting local variation…

Sales figures show that in Europe and America only 5% are owned by women, in China, that figure jumps to 40%.

Update

Well worth a read, a review of the Maserati, albeit the next one up in the range, the Sport:

Speedmonkey: Maserati GranTurismo Sport Review

Car: Maserati GranTurismo Sport
Price: £93,720 with the 6-speed electro-manual

0-60mph: 4.6sec
Top speed: 186mph
Engine: 4691cc V8 petrol
Gearbox: 6-speed electro-actuated manual
Power: 453bhp at 7000rpm
Torque: 383lb ft at 4750rpm
Kerbweight: 1880kg
Economy: 19.8mpg
CO2: 331g/km
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February 1, 2014 - Posted by | photography, Transport | ,

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