Ferrari ace reveals details of his new company car
22 March 2010

Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso has revealed his choice of company car - a Maserati GranCabrio.

Alonso opted for a granite grey exterior, bordeaux coloured soft-top and two-tone beige and bordeaux leather interior.

See pictures of Fernando Alonso with his new MAserati GranCabrio

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The GranCabrio has a 434bhp 4.7-litre engine linked to a six-speed ZF automatic gearvox.

The announcement of Alonso's choice of GranCabrio coincides with the news that the first right-hand drive models arrive in the UK in April, with prices starting from £95,510.

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22 March 2010

[quote Autocar]Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso has revealed his choice of company car - a Maserati GranCabrio.

Alonso opted for a granite grey exterior, bordeaux coloured soft-top and two-tone beige and bordeaux leather interior.

See pictures of Fernando Alonso with his new MAserati GranCabrio

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Which clearly shows that the man has no taste and no idea how crummy its handling is. God, that thing is hideous! I'm sorry, but he should have bought a Fezza of some sort, or a Quattroporte.

22 March 2010

Maybe they will give him a 599HGTE if he wins a few more "races" ....

22 March 2010

Love it. But I have Maserati-itus, they can do no wrong for me.

22 March 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Which clearly shows that the man has no taste...[/quote]

I doubt, when Alonso reads this, he'll be much troubled by your judgement, since you appear to find the Rover P6 3500S something other than a stain on the character of anybody who ever thought a Rover P6 wasn't a stain on the person of anybody who liked the Rover P6. As I recall, it was marketed as a car for scrawny medallion men with inferiority complexes, and that's exactly what it was.

In reality, the Maserati is perhaps unique in modern car manufacture as an elegant, beautiful and classically distinctive design. It also drives quite nicely if you try one.

22 March 2010

[quote VirginPower]

I doubt, when Alonso reads this, he'll be much troubled by your judgement, since you appear to find the Rover P6 3500S something other than a stain on the character of anybody who ever thought a Rover P6 wasn't a stain on the person of anybody who liked the Rover P6. As I recall, it was marketed as a car for scrawny medallion men with inferiority complexes, and that's exactly what it was.

In reality, the Maserati is perhaps unique in modern car manufacture as an elegant, beautiful and classically distinctive design. It also drives quite nicely if you try one.

[/quote]

The P6 was actually a brilliant car in its time - other than (much more expensive) Mercs, and some Citroens, there was nothing else at the time which offered the same degree of crash safety, and very little for a long time afterwards. The handling was also incredibly stable (although body roll was enormous) - you could really push it hard without the threat of loss of traction, and, when really being a lunatic, you could hold a slide in it completely effortlessly. It's also still the most comfortable car I've been in, luxury Mercs and Jags included. Frankly, I couldn't care what it was marketed as - though I can tell you this, the first owner of my dad's old P6 3500S was a very respectable high-flying lady lawyer (who was, I think, a QC) who had previously had a Wolseley 6/110. Not exactly Medallion Man.

The Maserati, however, is overweight, fat-looking, hideously ugly, especially with that gaping anteater snout, unoriginal, stylistically derivative (the rear is pure Audi) and, especially in convertible form, not that good to drive. The drophead suffers from far too much body flex - and those who have driven it tell me the flappy-paddle gearbox is infuriating. Anyway, I've never much liked Alonso, I think he's a humourless sourpuss - and the only reason he won the Bahrain GP was because Vettel's car broke down.

22 March 2010

I don't like the Rover P6 but then again i'm not a fan of this particular Maserati either.

So which one is worst?

There's only one way to find out..... fight!

22 March 2010

can f1 drivers buy their own clothes, or does ferrari supply his underwear as well.

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22 March 2010

[quote every thing you say is right]

I don't like the Rover P6 but then again i'm not a fan of this particular Maserati either.

So which one is worst?

There's only one way to find out..... fight!

[/quote]

Obviously, the Maserati will be the better car in many ways (crash safety, performance, aerodynamics, maybe even fuel economy), but the Rover is better-looking and certainly doesn't feel as wobbly as the Maser. The Rover was also the more innovative car in its time than the Maser is now. Up the Rover's power and down its suspension (1" lowered, 4.5 or 5-litre TVR/Rover V8, perhaps supercharged, 4-500bhp-ish) and I reckon most would find it the more rewarding car to drive. It's also got a heck of a lot more character than the soulless Maser.

22 March 2010

I don't like the Rover P6 but then again i'm not a fan of this particular Maserati either.

So which one is worst?

There's only one way to find out..... fight!


Obviously, the Maserati will be the better car in many ways (crash safety, performance, aerodynamics, maybe even fuel economy), but the Rover is better-looking and certainly doesn't feel as wobbly as the Maser. The Rover was also the more innovative car in its time than the Maser is now. Up the Rover's power and down its suspension (1" lowered, 4.5 or 5-litre TVR/Rover V8, perhaps supercharged, 4-500bhp-ish) and I reckon most would find it the more rewarding car to drive. It's also got a heck of a lot more character than the soulless Maser.


I'm afraid I agree, there's only way to find out.... fight!

22 March 2010

When I was very young one of my neighbours had a Rover P6 3500 and gave me a lift up the road in it. It was amazing, and quite unique.

I do like the design of the current Massers, but I can't believe that an F1 driver would opt for a soft top GT over a hard core F458.....

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