by Darrell Hartman | January 26, 2011 | Lifestyle
|The Maserati GranCabrio convertible|
Maserati is roaring back—and as any automobile lover knows, it’s one of the sweetest sounds out there. (Just ask Adam Sandler, who reportedly splurged on Maseratis for his Grown Ups costars Chris Rock, David Spade and Kevin James this past November.) The Italian sports car brand is older than Lamborghini and Ferrari, and now it has its first stand-alone dealership in North America, right here in Manhattan.
The Tribeca storefront’s main attraction is the GranTurismo, which has 433 horsepower, a 4.7-liter V-8 engine, and a top speed of 176 mph. It goes from zero to 60 in 5.3 seconds, and from 60 to zero in less time than that. Just as impressive are the GranTurismo’s sounds: It’s got a deeper, throatier growl than other cars in its class, especially at low speeds. It may seem a little less ferocious than a Ferrari or an Aston-Martin, but it’s also a smoother ride.
Luxury on the Fast Track
Inside, the GranTurismo feels more like a plush living room than a race-car cockpit—it’s a leather-bound cocoon, with four seats and some actual legroom. “We’ve fit two NBA players, a photographer and an agent in it, comfortably,” says Zach Foody, who mans the desk at Maserati of Manhattan with the store’s general manager, Michael Bellina. “We want to be a part of the neighborhood,” Foody adds. The dealership is a walk-ins-welcome sort of place, and it doesn’t take much to arrange a test drive up the West Side Highway. (Taking a spin in a lightly used Porsche or Bentley is an option, too.)
The wait for a convertible GranTurismo is about three months. Order one now, for $146,000, and you could be tearing up the LIE by spring. Sure, you could crank some tunes on the 12-speaker Bose audio system. But Maserati’s acoustics specialists in Modena spent 500 hours fine-tuning the sound of the engine—the real music is coming from under the hood. Maserati of Manhattan, 1 York St., 212-966-9699
photograph by tim williams photography (showroom)