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Maserati at the Paris motor show 2008

Published: 03 October 2008 Updated: 26 January 2015

Visitors to the Maserati stand at Paris were treated to Modena’s familiar but still nonetheless alluring two-car range with a trio of Quattroportes and a pair of Granturismos, the newest versions being the Granturismo S and the Quattroporte S.

Tell me more about the Granturismo S and the Quattroporte S

The Granturismo S makes this four-seat GT an altogether more hardcore proposition. A 4.7-litre V8 replaces the standard car’s 4.2; the ZF torque converter auto makes way for a six-speed automated manual shared with the Ferrari Scuderia; plus there’s a subtle aero kit, bigger brakes along with interior embellishments.

The Quattroporte S heralded a minor facelift for the elegant saloon when we drove it earlier this year, but it also introduced the same 4.7 V8 as the Granturismo S – though this time mated to the ZF shifter.

What else is new on the Maserati stand?

That’s your lot. But you will feel drawn to the merchandise. There, displayed in glass cases, you’ll find brief cases, sweaters, ties and keyrings. A solid aluminium Granturismo model sells for 840 Euro, a baseball hat’s a snip at 25 Euro. Sounds tacky, but Maserati somehow manages this side of its business far more tastefully than Ferrari.

CAR’s verdict: Maserati at the Paris motor show

A news-free zone, but that grey pullover did look good.


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By Ben Barry

Contributing editor, sideways merchant, tyre disintegrator