2006 Maserati GranSport

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$99,900

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2006 Maserati GranSport

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Performance potential
  • Handling potential
  • Italian styling
  • Heritage

The bad:

  • Fuel economy

2 trims

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Notable features

  • 396-hp V-8
  • Cambiocorsa transmission
  • Unique styling
  • Improved aerodynamics
  • New Spyder convertible

2006 Maserati GranSport review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
During the 2005 model year, Maserati took a further step into serious sports-car manufacture when it added a new GranSport model to accompany the Coup�. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2004, the GranSport promised “thoroughbred GT spirit,” according to the renowned Italian automaker.

Beneath the GranSport’s hood, a 396-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 teams with a six-speed Cambiocorsa sequential manual transmission. The V-8 in the regular Coup� yields 390 hp. Maserati says the GranSport’s dual-exhaust system generates an “instantly recognizable deep, full-bodied rumble.” A Sport button on the console operates a pneumatic valve that makes the exhaust sound even more evident. An optional Skyhook suspension system offers continuous damping control; its function varies depending on whether the transmission’s Normal or Sport mode is selected.

A convertible GranSport Spyder was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show in September 2005. Sales begin in March 2006.

Exterior
The GranSport looks much like the automaker’s Coup�. The rocker panels are boldly creased and a chrome grille is installed. A choice of six body colors and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are available.

Considerable wind-tunnel testing resulted in a drag coefficient of 0.33. A new front bumper incorporates a pronounced lower spoiler, while the deck lid has a lip spoiler. The GranSport rides 10 millimeters lower than the Coup�, and 19-inch wheels are standard.

Interior
Leather, carbon fiber, alloy and fabric are used in the GranSport’s four-person cabin. The driver faces a thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel, and the upper dashboard is trimmed in leather. Primary controls, including the blue Start button, are grouped on the central console. Heated front seats are optional and a CD stereo is standard.

Under the Hood
The GranSport’s 4.2-liter V-8 produces 396 hp — 6 hp more than in the Coup� — at 7,000 rpm. Paddles behind the steering wheel can operate the six-speed Cambiocorsa sequential manual transmission, which has four modes: Normal, Sport, Automatic and Low Grip. Acceleration from zero to 60 mph takes a claimed 4.85 seconds.

Safety
GranSport safety features include all-disc antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Best Pre-owned value in the Exotic marketplace!!!

Classic Italian Beauty!!! Impeccable performance and exhaust notes. Dream vehicle at a bargain price. Muscle car with flair and exotic styling. Sophia Loren with bravado and panache!!!

4.1

Great value, fun car!

I have driven our 2006 GranSport for 3 years and about 10,000 miles. It's a fun car we use on weekends, track days and Maserati/Ferrari Club events. I really enjoy driving it! In general, I would say the maintenance and repair costs are similar to other 12 year old European high performance cars: during the past 3 years (10,000 miles) I have spent $1,000 for an alternator replacement, $1,200 for rear ball joint dust boots and rear toe rod adjuster replacements, $1,000 for 4 tires. There are occasional odd mechanical repairs that an experienced gear head can repair themselves (check out Maserati Life forum for tons of DIY fixes!) and occasional electrical bugs that are weird but can be fixed with patience. In summary, if you want a normal, quiet, boring car, look elsewhere... if you want a rare, fast, unique and aggressive car, this is it! P.S. the motor is built by Ferrari. It is strong and sounds spectacular. Search You Tube for other reviews.

4.4

Best sports car under $50k

I?ve owned several sports cars. This is by far the best value and performance combo. Overtakes Ferrari 360 on highway, BMW M2 can?t catch it.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Maserati
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
2014-18 Ghibli, Gran Tursimo, Levante and Quattroporte models; dependent on service record
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of orginal warranty plus 2 years/unlimited mileage
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
120-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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