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The Masarati GranTurismo was one of the most significant designs that debuted at this month's Geneva Motor Show. While many attractive autos were in attendance, the GranTurismo represented a giant leap forward for Maserati compared to the uninspiring lines of the current Coupé. It's bold and slightly overexaggerated, just like a six-figure car should be. While seeing the GranTurismo on display was a thrill, these spy photos that are hot off the memory card have us more excited. They were supposedly taken today in Germany where this uncamoflouged prototype was heading to the famed Nurburgring for some shakedown laps. With a Ferrari-designed 4.2L V8 pumping out 405 horsepower underhood, "testing" Maserati's new two-door has got to be the best way to start your work week.
[Source: Winding Road]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      C'mon guys, what are we all saying. It's overstyled, non of the lines flow into each other, the rear lights look cheap, the grill is too aggressive, anyone would think a Yank designed it, oh sorry, one did.
      • 8 Years Ago
      actually, the tape surrounding the headlights and tail lights does a surprising amount to camo the exact lines of the car along with the blacked out wheels.

      that said, great looking car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In fact, buick's portholes appeared in 1949...

      But they only came back when Lutz saw them on the Maserati Quattroporte. Quoting an interview by the Boston Globe:

      "What would be the design cue for Buick?

      A combination of grille and very fluid lines. . . . We missed it on the LaCrosse, but all the others are going back to the Buick portholes [the gill-like, chrome-encircled rings above the front fenders just ahead of the firewalls that defined earlier Buicks] as a feature element. It will be sort of back to the future in that the six-cylinder models will have three portholes and the eight-cylinder models will have four portholes. I was opposed to the portholes but when I saw the Maserati Quattroporte stole our portholes, I said, 'That's it, now portholes go back on everything.'".

      But Maserati's portholes came from the A6 1500, in 1946, a Pinin Farina design.


      So I guess Buick copied it from Maserati, right Bob? ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      What I don't understand is the following - why mask the car when it's already been unveiled to the world?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't think the design has nothing to do with the Astons... Astons are smoth and simple, and the Maserati is barroque, full of details.

      They are both GTs, with a front engine and rear transaxle, so, of course, they share the same architecture and proportions. But that's all, to my eyes...

      About the mask: maybe these photos are not so recent: there's not much point in testing in the Nurburbring now!

      On the other hand, the car was already shown, but it's not on the streets yet, so the mask makes some sense...
      • 8 Years Ago
      James, I accept much of what you say but I am not without sympathy for Italian design. I love my 07 Quattroporte Sport GT as much as my 1968 DB6 and more than my Porsche Boxster but the problem with overdesign is it propensity for a short life and all Maseratis should be classics for the right reason and not because they shout in your face ' LOOK AT ME I'M FAST AND AGGRESSIVE' but because they ooze brio, elegance and class. Had the end product looked more like Pinnins sketches I would be dribbling with desire but from what I have seem so far my wallet is safe.