Supercars On A $50,000 Budget: An Italian Beauty With A Ferrari Heart

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These things still look beautiful eight years later!

With $50,000 you can buy a lot of car. You could get a BMW 340i or a nicely optioned Audi S3. However, what if your aspirations are a little bit bigger? What if, for instance, you wanted something Italian with a V8 Ferrari heart? You may think that sounds impossible on a $50,000 budget, but thanks to depreciation it is now possible. For less than $50,000 you can now buy Maserati's top-of-the-line sports car, the GranTurismo. This is a car that retailed for $134,625 when new, but can now be had for almost one third the price!

Why settle for a 300 horsepower German car when you can have a 405 horsepower Italian beauty? The GranTurismo came with a 4.2-liter V8 engine that was co-developed with Ferrari. With just 339 lb-ft of torque and a 5.1 second 0-60 mph time, this engine wasn't meant to be the fastest thing on the road. It's the Maserati's exhaust that is truly amazing.

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Unlike a modern German car, the Maserati's electronics probably won't impress you. You will get a handcrafted Italian leather interior and a simple navigation system, but the controls are far from intuitive. The navigation system, for instance, looks like a touchscreen, but actually utilizes a small controller on the dashboard. If you are looking for the most technological car available, you should bring your money to a Volvo or Audi dealership. However, if you are looking for a head-turning sports coupe that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, this is your car. We found a 2008 GranTurismo listed on eBay for $49,500. The car is listed by Scottsdale Bentley with just 16,453 miles.

There are not many vehicles on the market that look as good as the GranTurismo, let alone for $50,000. Maserati released the GranTurismo back in 2008, and it really hasn't changed much since then. Maserati will soon release the Alfieri, but even that won't fully replace the GranTurismo. Even though this car is now almost a decade old, it is still one of the best looking cars on the market. Hell, even if it was ugly it'd still have one of the best exhausts on the market.

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