Seven reasons that make the #Maserati GranTurismo my dream car
1. The looks
When I was young and I got into cars, it was an Italian that made me drop my jaw to the floor, it was an Alfa Romeo GTV and up until “more modern times” no other car made me sit and stare like a maniac until I saw the GranTurismo. Something about those lines, those muscular fenders at the back, that really devilish face and that Pininfarina logo made me fall in love at first sight.
2. The sound
Seriously, the guys at Maserati are just obsessed with sound, they have a Soundcloud account where they upload exhaust symphonies of their masterpieces, in the past they created a collaboration with Bowers & Wilkins named "Seven Notes" and together released music made from engine and exhaust sounds from a GranTurismo. That Ferrari - Maserati developed V8 engine will never get old. If the car isn’t able to rip tears from you, as the sound of a GranTurismo does to me, it ain’t your dream car!
3. The heritage
Their history is so tumultuous, it goes from the Maserati brothers having a dream to working for it to achieving great success and going under, the brand had it all and it’s still here. Maserati was one of the big names in early motorsport history, they won Targa Florio in 1937, 1938, 1939 and 1940. Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, raced for the Trident and not only that, but the first woman to race in Formula One, Maria Teresa De Filippis, raced for Maserati. The GranTurismo also runs in the Maserati Trofeo cup, that’s basically a single-marque motorsport championship where you get to see just raging GranTurismos on the track.
4. The fact that it’s a Grand Tourer
To be fair I’m not much of a speed loving guy, I’m happy to sit all day at cruise speed and the GranTurismo is made to do exactly that, it roars beautifully at average revs, it can be sporty, but it’s not supposed to do that, not all cars are made to go flat out trough corners and I’m fine with that. My dream road trip takes place on the Italian and French Riviera, guess what car can do that best?
5. The interior
I have to say it’s beautiful just as the exterior! I’ve been lucky enough while I was at a car show here in Bucharest to be able to go all around the GranTurismo, a friendly staff member let me do that, I can’t thank you enough sir for letting me do that! Is that centre console a little bit dated? I’m going to be fair and I’ll admit that those buttons look a little bit awkward, but you can’t expect it to be perfect, it’s Italian over all… That dashboard watch though…
6. The wheels
The guys at Maserati really ain’t playing when it comes to the Trident, for real they inspired the design of the wheels from their own logo which to me looks amazing!
7. The Trident
Seriously, never have I encountered a design so simple and unique like this one, it puts the whole car in balance and it gives it a personality.
The story of the Trident goes like this:
1920: THE TRIDENT: A MARIO MASERATI CREATION
“Alfieri, Ernesto and Ettore work intensely on the creation of the first Maserati. However, Alfieri decides to involve another brother, Mario, an artist and the only sibling who has nothing to do with engines. He is commissioned to design the logo. Mario chooses to use one of the most characteristic symbols of Bologna: the trident from the statue of Neptune in Piazza Maggiore, a symbol of strength and vigour. He chooses the colours red and blue: the colours of the banner of the city of Bologna, which from this day on, would also be the colours of Maserati.” as told on the Maserati website