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    Maserati Coupe Testdrive

    Went back to the Ferrari garage today, they took me out for lunch, really nice guys, they had plenty of questions about the 996, a couple of them had a drive in the GT3 and said it was a fantastic car, much more efficient than a 360 but they prefer the Stradale, well they would wouldn't they And then after lunch, they offered me a test drive in a Maserati coupe, well sure why not!
    I've never been a big fan to be honest (styling is magnificent, less sporty than a 996 but more classy) but mostly because of what I've read in the press.
    This was a combiocorsa, and my first experience with an F1 gearbox! What a gem!!! So much fun!!!
    In fact, you have to learn how to use it, slightly lift the right foot on the upshifts, and in sports mode, it's so fast and so smooth!!! Impressive The downshifts are IMO jerky, but I found the solution was to give gas on the downshift, like heel and toe, great!
    The interior is much nicer than the 996, but the seating position is much higher and hence, not as nice, IMHO.
    To my surprise, it is a proper four seater, I'm 6 ft and I sat very comfortably in the back, comfortable enough for long trips.
    The noise is intoxicating, divine! A bassy american rumble at low revs which becomes a high pitch typical italian scream pass 5000 rpm.
    In terms of performance, the car didn't feel faster than the 996 but just as fast.
    Overall, this was a great surprise, I loved the car, maybe it's the novelty of the F1 gearbox, but I loved that too.
    Shame about those rear lights.
    I have some pics, but having some trouble posting them. Also took some pics of the Ferrari garage and cars, but technically, I'm crap, just bought myself a Canon EOS10D and my pics are more than 2 Megs!!! RC, how do I resize them?
    Now I was actually talking money because I loved that car so much, I think it is nice to have a car like this in France, 996 is becoming a bit common, especially in Paris.
    Yes, depreciation is nasty, but who cares.
    Now I think the car could be sit lower, would look nicer. And the suspension are a bit soft, to which my friend aswered:
    "Fanch, i'll be honest, wait for next year, Maserati is launching the MASERATI TROPHEO STRADALE !!!
    Lower suspensions, sportier F1 software, bucket seats and I saved the best of the end, a sport exhaust!
    I've put my name down!

    Re: Maserati Coupe Testdrive

    fanch,

    I have been reading your posts regarding the visits at the Ferrari dealer recently, sounds to me like you are going to convience Santa to bring you a 360 for Xmas

    Maserati Coupe is a very nice car but not a Porsche. I might be able to get a chance to test drive a GT3 at the local dealer soon

    My only fear is that after the test drive my car may not appeal to me anymore have to convience the wife that the GT3 is a must for rasing our son in a right way

    It doesn't sound conviencing though, does it?

    Re: Maserati Coupe Testdrive

    No Ron, sorry man, but it doesn't sound convincing at all!
    The Maserati is indeed no Porsche at all, but that's whats' nice as well IMO, something different you see?
    BTW, sterring also was very good, not light at all.
    The Maser is not as sporty as the 996 I think, probably not as agile on the twisties, but more of a GT. The V8 really is fantastic.

    Re: Maserati Coupe Testdrive

    Sounds you had a great experience, Francois.

    Send them pictures over via eMail, I resize them for you and post them (or send them back to you...whatever you prefer).
    How about some Adobe Photoshop for your Mac?

    Re: Maserati Coupe Testdrive

    That's the saddest thing Christian, I have Adobe photoshop 7 on my Mac! But I must admit I haven't used it much yet.
    I send you the pics now.

    Pics! Thanks RC!

    The red enzo was the one with the free flow exhaust, ridiculous noise! Nice garage!

    Re: Pics! Thanks RC!



    Re: Pics! Thanks RC!

    This was quite a delicious moment indeed!

    Re: Pics! Thanks RC!

    Do you guys think that the Maser has an older driver image than the 911?

    Re: Pics! Thanks RC!

    I hope you'll have all noticed the beautiful, fantastic, wonderful 996 behind the Maser in the previous pic!

    Re: Pics! Thanks RC!

    Thanks again for the nice welcome of the Ferrari Maserati France team, I've given them the address of Rennteam and they will from now on check it regularly for (Ferrari ) news and feedback.


    Re: Maserati Coupe Testdrive

    Fantastic pictures Fanch! Thanks!

    Quote:
    the GT3 is a must for rasing our son in a right way

    It doesn't sound conviencing though, does it?




    I don't know Ron. You have me concerned for my son's future. I am thinking I may need to look into a GT3 myself. I mean, we do have a responsibility as parents to do the right thing.

    Re: Pics! Thanks RC!

    Cool pictures thanks fanch & RC

    Re: Pics! Thanks RC!

    Fanch, great pictures!
    As you describe the new Ferrari dealer in Paris, sounds to me that they are really kind! Good to know may be for future buys!

    PS: you have a great camera EOS10D

    Re: Pics! Thanks RC!

    Thanks captain,
    Yes the EOS10 is great, but it's taking me ages to master, maybe Jeffrey Bher could give me a lesson!

     
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