The Maserati Coupe | Part Five

Maserati Coupe

Maserati Coupe

When necessary, the system acts on the brakes and engine to guarantee that the driver always remains fully in control of the car. Moreover, if the Skyhook or Cambiocorsa are present, the MSP offers two modes of intervention, one is normal (more control and safety oriented) and the other (which the driver selects) is more performance-geared and once again leaves more room for fun driving by intervening to a lesser extent on stability control. Finally, expert drivers and sports purists will be happy to know that they can completely exclude electronic stability control altogether at the touch of a button on the central console, whilst still leaving the ABS active.

The kind of meticulous attention that has been devoted to active safety has also been lavished on important passive safety features too.

Starting with the steel monocoque construction with supplementary integrated tubular structure in front section, every element was developed to exceed even the most severe passive safety standards and the most recent collision regulations.

The standard safety equipment offered by the Coupe is completed by four front and side airbags, front seatbelts with electronically controlled pretensioners and a safety inertia switch which cuts off fuel supply in the event of an impact or violent stop.

Interior

Sportiness combined with uncompromising luxury: the Coupes cabin is designed to marry the volumes and lines of a thoroughbred sports car with comfortable seating for four adults.

Quality materials, handcrafted details and an elegant finish create the kind of exclusivity that have always characterised the Marque and the whole Trident concept of the GT.

A body-hugging driver’s seat makes it virtually impossible to resist slipping behind the wheel, while sumptuous leather upholstery cocoons passengers in a cabin that combines classic and high-tech features to perfection. The traditional analogue instrumentation facing the driver is now white on a navy blue background. Its controls are intuitive and immediately clear. But the Coupealso boasts the Maserati Info Centre, equipped with an optimised 5.8 inch colour display, at the centre of the facia. This integrated unit controls the sound system with single CD player as standard, the on- board computer, and the climate control system. On request, the Info Centre can also include a GPS satellite navigation system, a GSM telephone module and CD changer.

Passengers have plenty of room at their disposal too and a comprehensive array of accessories means that on-board comfort is excellent.

The Coupes specially designed front seats are equipped with all-electric adjustments, while the thought devoted to the needs of rear passengers by the Trident designers is obvious from the addition of "Easy-Entry" system, a central arm rest and convenient air vents.

An overall sense of roominess, the inclusion of differently-sized side storage pockets and a spacious 315-litre boot, large enough to take two golf bags or the made-to-measure luggage set (both available on request) make the Coupe the perfect GT for longer trips too.

Published 8 February 2005 Melanie Carter

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