Look at that! Where, in Italy, could have been born as a sensual versatile image? Handsome or not – does not matter. The main thing – the design studio Pininfarina illustrates this vivid contrast to the previous coupe colossus of Giugiaro. The difference between them – the Italian word sofisticati. The new machine of nearly 4.9 m complex, sophisticated, it is more sophisticated.
Just touch the button on the inside door handle – and a huge Frameless “gate” will yield out with distinctive click electromechanical lock. The door is heavy, but the mechanism is adjusted so that it is closed without the slightest effort. Let s not the most expensive, but nice sound.
Within the family is recognizable not only hard drive with profiled spokes. The control unit lights, chrome door handles and steering servo joystick – from the sedan Lancia Thesis. Vnutrifiatovskaya unification. Ferrari imagine this will not allow it. Interior architecture in German straightforward, but it is built by the Italians. The gap between the adjustable steering column and the front panel is covered touching toporschaschimsya leather patchwork between parts – irregular gaps. Lemon laths do not conform with the body color. Highlighting analogue instruments – dim background for bright digital displeychika. The large screen in the center console displays the information on an “as fits …”
Central locking is controlled by two different buttons: to lock the doors and open them. Most likely, this is purely a design feature: it was necessary to form a uniform row of buttons at the bottom of the center console.
Maserati is a bit sloppy feeling small batch, which they say in such cases. But this level of study – a surprise, I was waiting for the worst. Quality of materials – premium. Interior is almost completely sewn into the skin, and all the plastic in range comfortable to hold. Whether coupe here, as in Europe, a rival “Six» BMW, the question would not even arise. However, during the crisis of sales with price under 160,000 euros GranTurismo confronts Bentley, and there is tolerance of the notorious “carelessness” is much more rigorous. Even the key looks expensive.
Picking up a simple little piece of plastic with a blue scratch the switchblade sting, you know that song about orange Maserati could not appear. However shabby artifact is able to deliver erotic pleasure that is not available to owners hefty transponder transmitters. Signori avviano i vostri motori! Gentlemen, start your engines! Turn on the ignition, you hold the key in the stop position until the starter does not make hoarse cough awakened under the hood “eight.”
The sound is – no vibration. Do not know the motor is torn alternate load Maserati Coupe and lunatic behind me in the Ferrari F430. In the heel of the morning traffic suburb GranTurismo behaves emphasized civilized. All feedback – really at 160,000. Smoothly after moving heavy accelerator growing momentum, linear and effort comes alive on the wheel as the angle of rotation.
And now, today Maserati – imperceptibly changing six-speed transmission “automatic» ZF. Forest outside the window moves barely audible. Issue cozy hums, without raising his voice. It was only for a very specific hard silentblocks Italian sports car barely noticeable vibration background, as if freshly ground pepper, balanced flavor gives a special shade of hidden strength.
Tridents, tridents – the steering wheel on the dial, on the selector box on the headrests. Even the windshield washer pours into three streams. If only I had not forgotten where I was. After all, urban habits GranTurismo so refined. Even such a capricious thing as climate control, noteworthy only when the silence salon occasionally hilarious gurgling sound is heard, as if someone stole hold out the last drops of milk shake. Everything seems to be working as it should. Still, Italian car is never good at 100%.
Puncture GranTurismo – painfully uncomfortable chairs. Relentlessly pointless hard, they get the donut hole for orthopedic quality. I wish I could look at those dummies, see those computer models that were used to develop a profile of seats. Above all, to stand back to back with the testers Maserati. All employees DRIVE.RU, ezdivshim the coupe, it namyat blades or pluck off the lower back.
But the harder the chair, the more attention to the ride. For GranTurismo sports car is quite comfortable. Adaptive suspension Skyhook («heavenly hook” – not without irony imechko) Micro-lined tracks without too corrosive. He does not like spicy trifle joints, patches and more. On the waves is not shaken, not sighs – just toss elastic riders. Fell into a pit – energy suspension swallowed. Only the steering wheel shakes at kabrioletny manner, separate from the body. Fastening mechanism somewhere lacks rigidity.
On the high center console to attach the ventilation vents. Warm air comes to foot. But why so badly fonit Surround Speaker Bose? Regardless of whether it is enabled or not.
Selecting the sport mode dampers almost no difference. Is that the full-sized rear seat occupants to note how the background of the small things so bristling with needles accelerations transverse profile will make more shaking his head to the side. But the transition to the electronic throttle racing algorithm changes everything! When you press the Sport button on the front of the transmission imposing no trace remains.
Occasionally swing on a swing? Imagine that you swing with chain move on hinges, with welded to the seat bars. Rigid structure completely different interpretation of the acceleration pulse. Similarly, Maserati: arising in “sport” direct connection “pedal – wheels” precision control acceleration and deceleration envy a sports car with a manual transmission. But here banal “Fluid”.
The switching time is reduced up to half a second to two-tenths. Downshifts are accompanied by savory peregazovki. They say electronic gas pedal and motorized throttle can not be configured to “rope” mood? Even as you can! Albeit at the cost of 330 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The main thing – do not interfere with the transmission’s own “direct interventions”: command stalk lever box unexpectedly long time to digest.
Just do not say to limit the possibility of the engine was impressive. On the passport of 405 “horses” and 460 Newton-meters should be enough for overclocking 1880-pound body to a hundred in 5.2 seconds. That would be exciting. But the subjective sensation of acceleration is missing is the “convincing”. Even more powerful and high-torque 440-strong version of the GranTurismo S shown in the instrumental measurements of our colleagues to 5.6 instead of the declared five.
Yes, at the start of “the floor” box lets you take all of the engine, switching to a limit of seven and a half thousand turns. The second stage makes Maserati almost 110 km / h, and the third is “separated” almost to 170! But it is within the same transfer acceleration comes smoothly and uneventfully, speed rolls united front with the aerodynamic noise. And the sound … He is deep and interesting, but lacks drama. At the top “eight” sings in a husky tenor. Two-stage production – the same embellishment as the paddle trigger manual mode.
To put GranTurismo voice takes exactly ten thousand euros. This is the version of the surcharge for S 4.7. Not too much for a 447 “cubes” of displacement and for an increase of 35 hp and a total of 30 N • m? Oh, the result is worth it! Forced modification differs from the simple compartment as black on yellow. As a man from a woman.
Even before the break to the operating room, the engine submits your will deeply sensual baritone. Somewhere around 3000-4000 r / min it suddenly breaks down on a cold chest bass – and then run on the back spine. Under Reset “banks” silencing expressive expectorate. To be on the crest of a sound wave, I hold the tachometer in a narrow corridor, adding and releasing the gas. Rehearse a piece for orchestra without tubes. Best pastime in suburban traffic.
The control unit “climate” is too low. Towards the very climate-controlled treat rare, but to find the key recycling blowing windshield, heating, etc., have for a long time to be distracted from the road.
Turn signals sound like the ticking clock.
Most would get a regime Rublevki on Ring Road – and from there to Kiev highway, with its high-speed interchanges. Now Maserati gives solo trumpets of Jericho. And the sound “eski” is functional: it transforms the subjective perception of dynamics. And finally coupe seems to really frisky. Besides a 4.7 engine throttle response and allows you to accelerate to high speeds without the old strained. You can even transfer not drop, just add gas, and – arrrr! – It is important to his nose and flashing xenon coupe goes from trot to canter. More? Kikdaun fires with little delay. With the sixth – the third. It is slightly longer and then turns to almost 180 km / h
I got carried away! Brakes are not as clear as the accelerator. Pedal too hard, heavy, long-stroke, but not very informative. Already at the beginning of its course pads grab 360-millimeter perforated front “pans”, but for the braking pedal to push all the way to further control the slowdown by adjusting effort. This duality of the drive slightly interferes in the city. Emergency Brake ABS aloud gives up and announces salon clicking by ringing.
New dispersal. Rip trident air struggles to get through all the under side seals. GranTurismo S wanders slightly in the trough, which completely ignores the yellow car. But the fundamental difference in the ride there. This is still a very decent city car: quiet but not too soft, hard, but not too hard – and more responsive. And its 22.3 l/100 km “ninety-eight,” he destroys the applause of enthusiastic listeners.
And only in the reactions to the movement of sensitive sports steering wheel no more than the voice engine 4.2. Responses fast but smooth. In sharp turns rebuild this softness that Maserati chooses the first roll, and only then changes direction. Compartment not call rolls, but no habits in karting: rear axle stands at the arc with a microscopic delay. And the “eski” maneuver complicated sensitivity to profile: similar, angular stiffness is higher. But the most unpleasant – the feedback level is inversely proportional to the machine speed. The slower the move, the thicker the stabilizing force on the steering wheel. Go on a high air flow unloads the front wheels, more weight distribution shifting the emphasis back – and donut disappears completely “zero”! However, she does not lose sharpness: the direct so uncomfortable, that’s not even funny.
Little effort, thankfully, returns to the gentle curves, where the shortage of jet action is partially offset by the high exchange rate stability. The car is neutral: does not show any lack or oversteer. And podrulivany not required – she keeps trajectory. When you add a light thrust out a little wider. Ah, how do you want at this moment clearly feel the limits of adhesion front tires!
In manual mode the gearbox itself is switched up and responds to kikdaun. Electronic “collar” is tolerant to small slip, allowing the driver to feel prepared very relaxed on slippery surfaces. Everyone else – keep your eyes open.
On the edge is very thin gas and driving game: I never set foot on a wire, that is how I imagine a masterful balancing act under the dome. Judging by how gentle GranTurismo mikropodrulivaniya respond to a very fast turns, driving on summer tires should be particularly rich in nuances. Winter – even tough enough 19-inch Pirelli Sottozero – add “noise” in an unstable channel of communication with the chassis. More rigid and tenacious “summer” at the same time adds a steering-wheel weight – this is the class. However, in December – the more turns, the more the GranTurismo is a pleasure.
And what about the sedan Quattroporte S? It costs almost as black coupe – 168 thousand euros. And happy softer seats! Not down-feather, but without exhausting extreme GranTurismo. Seating position slightly higher. The headrest is adjustable. And there’s a strange sort of a massage and adaptive structure. This physiological causes indulgence instantly recalibrate relations. Here cozier than the coupe. Here, democratic and … irrelevant. Let the time has no power over the exterior Quattroporte – interior with a sloping center console seems out of date.
But it is easy to write about it at the table, served with crystal and porcelain. Pushing crisp starched napkin in a silver bracelet with a pearl snail. Quattroporte saloon appetite, as the expectation of dessert. Ah, chocolate kingdom Maserati! Selection of materials – not their original quality, namely the combination – shine! Looks still original. It hovers mood Maserati old school. Alas, quality is also an old-school: All right vertical strip of buttons on the console fails when you click on any of the keys.
Electromechanical locking glove box is duplicated “emergency” cables, hidden behind the front panel.
Quattroporte – machine clearly thermophilic. To our dirt is not adapted. Washer fluid uses inefficient: the glass pours a little bit, but abundantly irrigates lights. A big part of what is meant by the headlights, resulting settles on the side mirrors. Wireframe brush tinder bad. Darkness. As a result, visibility forward even a little worse than in the compartment: thick front and not so overwhelmed with the untreated area windshield eat a big chunk of the visible sector.
To understand that the sedan is not as energetic as the GranTurismo S, need not even sit down behind the wheel. Comfortable enough to settle back, and the entire palette of sensations in your hand. Engine 4.7 is only ten forces weaker, but when it starts, the person peresevshemu the compartment becomes boring. “Deforsirovanny” voice flatter, has fewer overtones and lack of low-frequency components. It seems that the outlet pipes output to the adjacent street. Because the engine attracts less attention to the fore creep other noises, tires, aerodynamics … From the sedan for 168,000 euros expect more acoustic comfort.
Brake calipers differ only in color. And the yellow at the GranTurismo S – option. Technically, they are identical, but the mechanism compartment is more informative.
Joints and bumps sedan practiced softer, rounder. But at long wavelengths, he sighs. Large bumps overcomes less audience – feel that rigidity is below. Official – almost a third. Soft layer of chairs, absorbing part of small vibrations – good. Smaller angular stiffness suspension – too: the rider does not shake his head from side to side and move more vertically. And while the “heavenly hook” here is hammered away from the earth, to Hamburg score Quattroporte is only slightly more comfortable coupe.
And nominally subjective supersedan – the slowest in our trinity. It seems to be 5,4 s passport is sufficient for the prefix “super”? However, even in sport mode throttle response are relatively dispassionate. Brakes – with notable free lift pedal. Reactions to the steering wheel gently, and he loaded the background force, reducing informative.
Strange it is, this artificiality efforts: that tie rods – rods of hydraulic cylinders. Turn the steering wheel, you overcome the resistance of the drive useless. The idea is that it should provide a clearer alignment of steering, in reality it is just thick in the near-zero area. Because of her, and more high-profile tire is not in sight compartment rise reactive action in small corners. It is not possible as clearly feel bound in a slippery turn. Not only have to resort to the search taxi, but to “search slip” – provoking mikrosnos to assess the degree hook.