For 2006, the Maserati Coupe and GranSport remain unchanged, but the company reports that there are changes coming to the Spyder and it is not available in Canada for this model year.

Both models share a 4.2-litre V8, sourced from parent company Ferrari, that makes 385 hp in the Coupe and 396 hp in the GranSport. The Coupe is available as the GT, with six-speed manual transmission, or as the Cambiocorsa, with an F1-style gearbox with hydraulic operation and wheel-mounted paddles, and no clutch. The driver can choose between Normal, Sport, Auto and Low Grip operating modes via buttons on the console. The GranSport uses the Cambiocorsa transmission.

Among the features are leather interior, Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers, analogue instrumentation, a 5.8-inch colour information display, single CD stereo, and climate control centre. Available options include a navigation system, CD changer, telephone module, and made-to-measure luggage.

Beautifully designed, the Maserati Coupe is the least expensive way to put a Ferrari engine in your driveway. Firm enough to handle the tightest roads, but with sophistication and smoothness, both models are excellent road cars. The extra horses and hunkered-down architecture on the GranSport doesn’t go unnoticed, either. The interior is a fine mix of new-world technology and old-world attention to detail; in a nutshell, these are lovely cars.

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