While some of its contenders may have it outclassed in certain areas, the 2006 Maserati Coupe carries a relatively low sticker price, making it a good option for anyone who wants top European luxury and performance without breaking the bank. When it comes to the quality and artistry of Italian automobile design, Maserati ranks among the best.
The Maserati Coupe stems from the 3200 GT (a model that has never been sold in the U.S.), and it debuted on American roads in 2002. Its princely design features styling from Giugiaro’s ItalDesign studio, built around a Ferrari-designed V-8 engine and a double-wishbone suspension. The 2006 Coupe comes in the standard GT model, while the Cambiocorsa unit offers an array of high-end options, including an electro-hydraulic manual transmission and the Skyhook active suspension, which adjusts automatically to different driving conditions and road surfaces.
With its bright Italian interior and personalized options, the 2006 Maserati Coupe has a leg up on mainstream German competitors such as the BMW 650i and Mercedes-Benz CL500. Its relative rarity on American roads also makes it something of a status symbol, even with its surprisingly low price. While the 2006 Coupe’s age does make it incompatible with more updated safety features and technology, it still remains a worthy option for buyers in search of an ultra-luxurious, showy driving experience at a reasonable price.
Body styles: coupe
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, optional Cambiocorsa (automated-clutch six-speed)
Models: Maserati Coupe GT, Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa
While Maserati offers no notable style or technological upgrades for this year, the 2006 Maserati Couple does benefit from a lower price; it comes at a base price of about $80,000. The optional Carbon Fire Interior Trim and Vintage Option packages show updates for 2006, including some additional and updated features. These two trim levels offer 19-inch wheels, along with a chrome grille and chrome side vents and door handles.
The 2006 Maserati Coupe naturally catches the eye with its sleek, muscular silhouette and elegant lines that stay true to its fine Giugiaro ItalDesign craftsmanship. A bold grille and redesigned bumpers give the car an even sportier feel. The Maserati Coupe stands out even further with its unique selection of out-of-range exterior paint colors.
The Maserati Coupe’s features a sleek, luxurious interior dressed with a number of impressive features. It offers supple leather upholstery, with body-hugging front seats that you’ll love sliding into. The Coupe accommodates four people, with an overall spacious interior and sculpted rear seats. Standard features include eight-way power front seats, memorized seat settings for two drivers, and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror. To provide increased comfort for rear passengers, the 2006 Coupe offers an easy entry system, a central armrest, and rear air vents. Custom trim options include contrasting seat piping and carbon-fiber accents for the console and dashboard.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Maserati Coupe gets its impressive strength from a 4.2-liter V-8 engine from Ferrari. With 390 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, this Coupe is an athletic powerhouse in a sleek body. Yet you don’t have to worry about feeling overwhelmed when driving this car. The Coupe handles easily, sending you on a thrill ride while always keeping the power in your hands.
The optional Cambiocorsa unit offers a unique driving experience, with an automated-clutch manual transmission similar to Ferrari’s F1 shifter. Paddle shifters behind the steering wheel take the place of a clutch pedal, allowing for lightning-fast shifting that will have you feeling like a Formula 1 driver even during your morning commute. Maserati also offers the Skyhook active suspension, which automatically adjusts the suspension’s stiffness to adapt to a variety of road surfaces and driving conditions. Overall, the 2006 Maserati Coupe doesn’t quite compare to the ultimate driving experience of the BMW M or Mercedes-Benz AMG, but you’ll never walk away from this impressive machine disappointed.
The Maserati Coupe offers just as many top features for safety as it does for comfort and performance. Standard safety features for the 2006 Maserati Coupe include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and side curtain airbags. The top-of-the-line Brembo braking system provides front and rear ventilated disc brakes and electronic brakeforce distribution for increased driver control. The 2006 Coupe also includes a remote anti-theft alarm system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Maserati Coupe GT: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa: 11/18 mpg city/highway
- Italian luxury at a decent price
- F1-style automated-clutch transmission in the Cambiocorsa
- Comfortable interior
- Good warranty
You Won't Like
- Lacks some recent safety features
- Sometimes-rough sequential-shift manual transmission
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