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Jul 2, 2010
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Maserati, an Italian luxury car brand, is now available in the Philippines. That's right, there's a new bad boy in town. Or rather, a new toy for the moneyed big boys in town. [firstpara]Formula Sports Inc. (FSI), its official and exclusive local distributor launched the Maserati last June 24, 2010 at an event held at the Rockwell Tent Plaza Garden Center, Makati City.

Maserati is an ultra-exclusive luxury car, and ranks right up there with the Ferraris, and the Lambos. This is a true European exotic that boasts a legendary racing heritage dating all the way back to the early 1900s.

Obviously, you can expect that all these superlatives come with a price tag, a steep one at that. But hey, we can all dream, can’t we?

Two car models are now currently available in the market: the Maserati Quattroporte S and GranTurismo S. Both are stunning. Both are powerful.

And both will probably draw remarks such as “wow, sports car!” or “wow, Ferrari o!” from the general public should they see one zipping, or rather, sashaying like a lazy silver stallion along EDSA. Of course, it’s not the car’s fault that it can’t unleash its power, which we’ll be talking about in the next few paragraphs.

The Maserati Quattroporte S, a stately four-door salon, is equipped with a powerful 4.7-liter V-8 engine which produces 425 horsepower at 7000 RPM, and a max torque of 490 Nm at 4750 RPM.

The car boasts of having carved a new market segment called “Luxury Sports Sedans” for having “the unique balance of the style of the luxury sedan and unparalleled driving dynamics of a sports car.” Damn, we have a hard-on already.

And the Maserati GranTurismo S, which is the sportier and more aggressive-looking of the two, is even more, car-gasmic.

In fact, google “overcompensation,” and you’ll see this car’s image right away (note: we’re kidding). But the fact remains that this is as purebred as European exotics get. It packs a roaring engine too, producing 433 horsepower at 7000 RPM and max torque of 490 Nm at 4750 RPM.

The question now is: are we happy that Maserati has been launched locally? We guess, in light of the national economy, it’s a good sign that we’re attracting brands like this. But in light of everything else? Never has the phrase “so near, yet so far,” ever been so painful.