Maserati GranTurismo S MC Shift
After owning my Maserati GranTurismo for around 18 months I decided that after really enjoying the car that I would like another. This time I wanted to upgrade to the GranTurismo S MC Shift, which was better equipped than the “standard” GranTurismo. The S had an enlarged 4.7l V8 engine producing 435bhp mated to a 6-speed electro-actuated manual transmission and an upgraded sports exhaust. Other upgrades included improved brakes, new side skirts, boot lip spoiler and unique 20” wheels.
After visiting my local dealer, they had a brand new black GranTurismo S MC Shift in a perfect specification in the showroom that was going to be registered ready for sale within the next couple of weeks. I waited for it to become available, which was a Monday and by the Wednesday I had agreed a part exchange and the deal was done.
The Maserati GranTurismo S MC Shift is a thrilling and emotional Italian GT car to rival the Porsche 911.by Auto Express
I had never driven the car and after driving away for the first time I was unaware about how loud the exhaust was. I put the car in sport mode and in manual. As I approached a pedestrian crossing I dropped a couple of gears and the car was that loud that people jumped out of the way, and I was left shocked and embarrassed. Throughout my ownership the sound the GranTurismo S made never failed to impress and amuse.
After another 14 months and over 6,000 miles of Maserati GranTurismo ownership I decided that another change of car was required. I tested the road-legal Maserati MC Trofeo race series inspired Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. Although the car looked amazing from the outside, when I got inside it had the same GranTurismo interior I had been in for the past 3 years, albeit the rear seats were missing, and it did not offer the excitement that I was looking for when buying a new car. I also decided at this time that I would like a convertible.
The Maserati GranTurismo S MC Shift specification was as follows: