Power on Ice
Every year in February, Bentley invites car enthusiasts to their Power on Ice winter driving experience in Finland. During this getaway, guests have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Continental GT to drive on the frozen lakes of northern Finland while being led by a team of expert instructors. This getaway also includes some very luxurious accommodations.
The event kicks off with drinks and dinner at the Chalet Ruka Peak resort upon arrival. The following morning, guests are introduced to the Bentley driving team, and will then spend the morning on the ice under the guidance of an experienced driving professional.
This brand new 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport is not just a sight to behold. It also emanates an intoxicating exhaust note.
Finally on the ground, this Maserati won’t disappoint in all manners of driving.
Our Sales Manager, Q Ballard, goes over the pre-delivery inspection form making sure the vehicle is ready to sell.
These ‘Hot Wheels’ are truly beautiful and add so much to this 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport. Visit us at Twin Cities Luxury Auto and see for yourself.
Motto, the unique clothing boutique in Uptown Minneapolis, recently held an event to celebrate the success of their business. Twin Cities Luxury Auto was pleased to be in attendance for this celebration. It seemed only appropriate to travel to this event in the Rosso Mondiale Maserati GranTurismo MC .
The vehicle attracted a lot of attention and people walking by had the opportunity to snap a few photos. Shop owners Maria and Maryn were very pleased with the turnout of the event and we were so happy to be able to share the experience with them. Check out this beautiful Maserati here. To learn more about Motto visit their website
All-Wheel Drive Maserati’s in Minneapolis used to be a dream. In 2013, the dream becomes a reality. The new generation Quattroporte will have an all-wheel drive option.
The New Quattroporte was secretly displayed for Maserati dealers to see in Turin, Italy on October 16, 2012. So, of course, I had to make the trip!
The town of Turin is absolutely beautiful and full of history. The food isn’t bad either! When I wasn’t sampling the fine Italian food and wine, I was sight-seeing.
Meet Riccardo De Santis. Riccardo grew up in Rome, Italy and has been a technician for over 20 years. He has always had a special place in his heart for all things Ferrari. He previously worked as a gearbox specialist for the Ferrari race team in Modena Maranello, Italy for three years. Following his job with Ferrari he opened up his own repair and maintenance shop where he worked on mostly European cars. Four years later he moved to the United States and began working here at TCLA.
He recently had the opportunity to work on two gorgeous Italian cars, a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador and a 2001 Ferrari 360 Spider, both belonging to a loyal TCLA client. The maintenance he performed on the cars was routine, it included a full synthetic oil service, fluid level/condition check, and a visual inspection of the braking and safety systems to ensure nothing further needed to be addressed. Check out the photo to get a quick look at Riccardo with the vehicles he was lucky enough to work on.
Riccardo is a joy to work with and we are proud to have him on our team here at Twin Cities Luxury Auto. We hope to bring you more about him in the future.
The GranCabrio MC debuted at the Paris Auto Show this year and with that came insight to Maserati’s ambitious future plans. The first upcoming model we will see from Maserati is the next generation Quattroporte. It is reported that the vehicle will debut within the next year, possibly at the Detroit Auto Show.
Maserati will also introduce a new high-end four-door sedan the Ghibli, a name which was previously used for a 2-seater GT and convertible from 1967 to 1973 and again from 1992 to 1997.
The next new model will be Maserati’s first SUV, the Levante. It is set to debut in 2014. The concept was initially previewed at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show as the Kubang concept but it was recently announced that the name was changed to Levante. The name represents Via Emilia Levante in Bologna, Italy, where the Maserati brothers built the company that will be celebrating it’s centennial in 2014. This makes the name and release date very fitting.
Maserati hopes that with these additions to the lineup they will produce 50,000 vehicles by 2015.
At the 2012 Paris Motor Show this week Bentley debuted the Continental GT3, its high-performance concept car derived from their Continental GT Speed. Bentley has been noticeably absent from the motorsports world in recent events but that is all about to change once the GT3 goes into development. Bentley will run comprehensive test programs over next year to determine what needs to be done before the car can hit the track.
The design of this concept is based on Bentley’s fastest car to date, the new Continental GT Speed. The concept includes heat extractors in the hood to reduce front-end lift at high speeds, a front splitter, a side exhaust, and a hefty rear wing. As if that wasn’t enough, engineers have also shaved an astonishing 2,200 pounds off the vehicle’s overall weight to increase speed and performance even further.
Bentley chief executive Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber says, “The clear message from our customers is that Bentley belongs on the racetrack, and the Continental GT3 is the realisation of a dream we’ve had ever since the launch of the Continental GT. The new GT Speed is the perfect car for us to develop into a racer, and our work so far has shown huge potential. The Continental GT3 is set to show the world what the Continental GT is capable of in its most extreme form, and establishes a solid foundation for Bentley’s long-term motorsport plans.”
We look forward to the development of the GT3 and hope to see it in action by the end of 2013.
Twin Cities Luxury Auto along with the Wayzata Rotary Club hosted the James J. Hill Day Parade and Auto Show this weekend. The turnout was great and the weather couldn’t have been better. Many cars were on display including our new 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport as well as the new Bentley Continental GTC V8. The designer of the Mustang-inspired Shelby Cobra, John Chun even made an appearance at the event. Another gentleman had a massive compendium on his split window 1962 C2 Corvette which detailed past owners, the work they did on the car, the amount they paid, and any other fascinating stories about the Vette. The parade had it all, community representatives, candy, great looking cars, and smiling faces. Here you will find some photos from the event.
It’s a no brainer that whenever someone offers you the keys to a Maserati for the weekend you take it. Needless to say when the keys to a 2012 Granturismo Convertible were put in front of me I did not think twice and took them immediately. Short of a quick ride down the block I had never logged any real seat time in a Maserati and was looking forward to the opportunity to really get acquainted with the car. Italian cars are undoubtedly beautiful, sound great and provide a visceral driving experience, but I was really curious if all the negative idiosyncrasies I’ve heard about Italian cars were true. Is the car more than just a pretty face? Without giving too much away, I’ll tell you that the positive attributes definitely outweighed the negative and just plain strange attributes.
Admittedly, I do not fit the Maserati driver profile. You see, I was on daddy-duty this weekend and used the car to transport my 8-month old, and all the associated gear that comes with an 8-month old, around town. My first experience with the car was trying to get the car seat base tied into the back seats L.A.T.C.H. system. This, I must say, was not easy and quickly learned that the folks in Italy who built the car must not have chubby sausage fingers like I do. After a few attempts, though, I got the base situated and was ready to hit the road.
With the top down, sport button engaged and manual mode selected I headed home and picked up my wife and son for the obligatory Friday night drive in the Maserati. It was during this drive home that a horrible thing happened – upon engaging 2nd gear and running the car from 3,500 to 4,000 rpms I heard the most intoxicating sound from the exhaust. My old-world relatives on the Italian mainland might compare the sound to Pavarotti, Gigli or Bocelli, and it was this noise that singlehandedly reduced my weekend fuel economy to embarrassing low levels. I just could not get enough of the sound and the associated burps and burbles when letting off the gas.
Surprisingly, the whole family fit in the car comfortably and my wife had more than enough leg room in front, despite the child seat directly behind her. During my younger years I suffered through a number of family road trips in the backseat of a 911 and I must say things would have been much different if I were in back of the Gran Turismo. When a friend hopped in the back seat for a ride across town she said it was surprisingly comfortable. This is undoubtedly something you will not find in most 4-seater convertibles.
Behind the wheel the car offered great comfort on short neighborhood runs and also on longer trips across town. With 450hp on tap the Gran Turismo definitely gets the job done and you can quickly find yourself exceeding speed limits, not that I ever did (wink wink). I could easily see someone driving cross country with ease, and probably a few speeding tickets. Just be sure to check your mirrors frequently, because there is a chance that you might unknowingly adjust the mirror with your left leg. When faced with a hairpin turn, the Gran Turismo took it with ease. Despite its positioning as a grand tourer, the Maserati is no slouch in the twisties, offering good steering weighting and flat handling.
I’ve driven a lot of nice cars before and this car ranked in the top five for head turners. I’d argue that people enjoyed seeing it nearly as much as I enjoyed driving it. Much like the Romans turned blocks of Carrara marble into awe inspiring monuments, their modern day ancestors have turn sheets of steel, aluminum and leather into beautiful sculpture. And of course they have brought a strong touch of exclusivity and Italian culture to the brand. This was all appreciated when I brought the car to Wheels of Italy (WOI), Minneapolis’ annual celebration of all vehicles Italian.
Despite an abundance of multi-million dollar vintage Ferraris, exotic Lamborghinis and cute old Alfas at WOI, the Maserati garnered a lot of attention. A number of people commented on the beautiful color combination. While you might say the car is gray with brown interior, the Italians would quickly rebuke saying it is Grigio Granito Metallic with Marrone Corniola interior. Doesn’t that roll off the tongue nicely? The highlight for me, though, was when a woman looked inside and asked what the child seat was for? I wanted to tell her that it was just for decoration, but I held my tongue.
All in all the Granturismo honestly took everything I threw at it with stride. Rush hour traffic? Check. Rainy weather? No problem. Three passengers? Nessun problema. A trunk full of groceries? Fuhget about it! It is a Maserati convertible after all. You should be taking it out to dinner and parking it in front of your favorite Italian restaurant, not exploring how many roma tomatoes you can fit in the trunk. Reminiscing on my weekend date with the Maserati, I could easily see a 2nd date down the road.
Wheels of Italy took place last Sunday, August 26th near Lake Calhoun. This event showcases everything Italian on wheels. Attendees are able to enjoy the Italian bicycles, motorcycles and cars on display and check out the vendors and entertainment. A great community of people are brought together by this event and we took some photo’s of the festivities for you to enjoy.