For drivers in search of peak athletic performance and ultimate Italian luxury—and with a $100,000 budget to work with—the 2006 Maserati GranSport warrants a look. This exotic sports car, available as both a hardtop and convertible, hearkens back to Maserati’s glory days. The GranSport has benefited from Ferrari’s 1998 takeover of Maserati. Like other Maserati cars, the GranSport boasts a nearly 400-horsepower V-8 engine with an optional racecar-style Cambiocorsa unit, which offers a sequential-shifting manual transmission similar to that of Ferrari’s F1. The 2006 GranSport also reintroduces the Spyder convertible, designed by Giugiaro’s ItalDesign studio.
The 2006 Maserati GranSport offers three trim levels: the base GT coupe; the LE coupe, with a range of optional features; and the Spyder convertible. The GT and LE seat four passengers, while the two-seat Spyder provides more private high-powered cruising.
Downsides to owning the 2006 Maserati GranSport include its impressive, though outdated design. Also due to its age, the GranSport doesn’t offer some of the most recent safety and technological features. However, the GranSport still has more than enough to offer in terms of European luxury and performance.
Body styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, optional Cambiocorsa (six-speed automated-clutch gearbox)
Models: GranSport GT, GranSport LE, GranSport Spyder
New for 2006, the Maserati GranSport offers the Spyder convertible model. This updated convertible replaces the discontinued Spyder. Boasting a princely design from Giugiaro’s ItalDesign, the new Spyder offers all the classic luxury and style drivers expect from Maserati, with all the sporty fun of a power-top convertible.
The 2006 Maserati GranSport exudes bright Italian personality and sleek, athletic prowess. This car’s exterior design represents European craftsmanship at its finest. The GranSport gives you a great ride and makes you look good while driving it. A full palette of rich paint colors suit every personality. Other standard exterior features include a chrome grille and alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and high-performance tires. The Spyder has a power convertible roof that stores securely under a hard tonneau cover.
The interior of the Maserati GranSport provides the most comfortable, secure, and enjoyable ride possible. Rich leather upholstery and leather accents abound in this decadent Italian coupe, while a variety of cabin trim color combinations allow you to add a bit of your own personal style to the GranSport. Standard interior features include eight-way powered front seats, rear-seat air ducts in the GT and LE, an electrochromatic inside rear-view mirror, memorized driver’s seat settings, and a compass. The base GT and LE seat four passengers with plenty of legroom all around. The ultra-luxurious GranSport LE also features heated front seats, xenon headlights, a high-tech audio system with a CD changer, and the Skyhook active suspension system. As an added bonus many of the LE features come as individual options for the GT and the Spyder.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Maserati GranSport marks the epitome of sports car strength and performance with a 4.2-liter V-8 Ferrari engine, offering up to 400 horsepower and 333 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the optional Cambiocorsa unit offers the closest thing to a real racecar experience you’ll get this side of the racetrack. The Cambiocorsa (Italian for ""racing gearbox"") provides a six-speed, automated-clutch gearbox inspired by the Ferrari F1. Shifting paddles located next to the steering wheel replace the foot clutch, offering split-second gear shifting and total control.
The GranSport’s sleek design and smaller size make it easy to manage, without the intimidation that can come with some of its larger competitors. You don’t have to be a professional driver to enjoy slinging this impressive machine around curvaceous hillsides and tight city corners.
While this slightly older model does not offer some of the most up-to-date safety features, there’s no reason to worry about pushing the 2006 GranSport to its impressive limits. Standard safety features for all three models include traction control, stability control, four-wheel ABS, ventilated disc brakes in both the front and rear with electronic brakeforce distribution, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, and a remote anti-theft alarm system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Maserati GranSport GT: 11/18 mpg city/highway
Maserati GranSport LE: 11/18 mpg city/highway
Maserati GranSport Spyder: 11/18 mpg city/highway
- Luxurious Italian design
- F1-style automated-clutch transmission in the Cambiocorsa
- Wide range of optional features
- Ultimate athletic performance
- Good warranty
You Won't Like
- Lacks some modern safety features
The peak of Italian luxury and athletic prowess.
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