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This week I am lucky enough to have a Maserati 3200GT outside. It's the same colour as the picture here and is 4 years old.
The car is actually on hire from a classic car club that I belong to, it goes back a week after I've had it with 2000 extra miles on.
So, what's it like. The looks are understated for a car of this type, it's obviously a bit special but it's not as ostentatious as a Ferrari for example. It's a very big car - about the same external size as my Jaguar X-Type. Personally I like the looks, it has a gorgeous front end, excellent side on view but perhaps the rear is a little flat. Still the Maserati lettering across the back announces its pedigree.
I have been waiting to drive this car for nearly 6 months. It was the first car I booked from the club but I arranged it for a summer week so that I could enjoy some touring.
My first impression of driving the car is just how relaxed it is. It's an auto box and I understand this makes a difference but this car is as relaxed to drive as the Jag. You know you have lots more power but it's not frantic or nervy with it. I was smiling in the first mile.
On the open road the car has plenty of power and really gives a kick in the back as the 320 BHP kicks in. This is the faster car I have had the pleasure to drive. It's not frantic but that quick pick up is ideal for overtaking. Only word of caution is watch out for the turbo lag, if you are not in a position to drop a gear or two then you won't take off quite as quick.
The handling is a dream, the car just grips beyond anything I've experienced before. If you hit a bump mid corner it might bounce out a little on the firm suspension but I haven't had any twitches that I wasn't expecting.
The suspension is computer controlled and is adjusted to suit the driving conditions, speed, grip, cornering force and throttle position. I can't say I notice this but I guess that's a feature of the system, it just does what it needs to do without being intrusive.
The car is a four seater and will happily seat 2 adults and two children. You can actually get 4 adults in but rear leg room is limited - but usable.
Boot space is adequate, about the size of a medium suitcase. Not huge but usable.
The seats are electrically adjusted with memory settings. The stereo is not bad for a manufacturer fitted set. This car does not have the CD player but the radio performs well.
I've enjoyed my time with this car and will be sad to see it go. I don't think I'd buy one, I've enjoyed the performance and the handling but I don't think it's worth the premium. I'm told this car is worth about £32,000.