Beneteau's Stylish Gran Turismo 40 - She looks fast standing still!

It’s true! The lines are so clean on the Gran Turismo – she looks fast standing still. But don’t just take it from us – Flagstaff Marine chatted with the newest owner of the Gran Turismo 40 to find out what’s so special about his Beneteau.

Class leader

Class leader

New owner David is one man who has fallen hard for the Gran Turismo 40’s good looks. Right off the bat he had this to say:

“The Gran Turismo 40 is a great class leading boat and such a joy to drive.”

We couldn’t agree more. Italian design, chic French style – the Beneteau Gran Turismo really is in a class by herself. The styling on this range of chic sports cruisers draws the eye and pulls at the heart strings.

Blown away by style and price

Blown away by style and price

For David, the decision to buy the Gran Turismo 40 was a big step up in size and investment from their trailer boat, so it wasn’t a decision he took lightly. It was the incredible style and competitive price point that really won him over.

“When I first looked at the Gran Turismo 40, I was blown away. The styling is superb, much better than anything on the market at that price point … none will look as great out on the water or moored up. With its freeform cockpit and central driving position it dares to be different and stands out from the crowd.”

Perfect on water lifestyle

Perfect on water lifestyle

The clever layout and thoughtful use of space on board also really impressed both David and his wife, Sally.

“When we started looking at boats, we weren’t really sure what we wanted, but what became very clear was that headroom below decks was a major factor. My wife is 6ft tall so this determined the size of boat.

We really liked the wide stairway to below decks and the glass overhead panel. This meant that the below decks area was a usable space and not just a cramped space for sleeping.

Originally, wanted a sun lounger near the back of the boat but found that the BBQ was a better use of the space with the compromise that the seating converts to a large lounger that is shaded by the sun.

We loved the flexibility of the cockpit layout and the real feel of open space; other boats we looked at were more structured and felt claustrophobic.”

Air Step 2  performance delivers

Air Step 2 performance delivers

Beneteau Air Step 2 innovation, inspired by aeronautical technology, delivers a smooth and controlled ride even at high speeds in rough seas. We asked David if the latest in Beneteau technology lives up to its promise.

“I managed to get the Gran Turismo 40 up to 39 knots on a nice calm day and it was stable and reactive. The Air Step 2 seems to add some smoothness, especially when the sea is a little choppy. One of the other boats we test drove was far bumpier on the water.

With the larger engines it’s very quick to plane and responsive to turn, making it great fun. It was a little scary taking out a boat that was so much bigger than our trailer boat, however we have quickly got used to it. Even Sally, who was initially very nervous, was happy to push past 30 knots.”

Swim platform for Sandy

Swim platform for Sandy

David and Sally have just welcomed a brand new puppy into their lives and it turns out the Gran Turismo 40’s fully submersible swim platform was the perfect spot for little Sandy to get her cool her paws without getting scared.

Flawless style and finish the real winner

Flawless style and finish the real winner

Designed by Nuvolari Lenard, the Gran Turismo 40 gives a newer, cleaner, edgier face to the sport cruiser. It’s this style and finish that really impressed David.

“It’s all about the finish; we love the colour palette and quality touches. The boat is just perfect. We loaded it with extras but there is nothing I would change.”

The Gran Turismo 40’s flawless interior and exterior spaces complement each other effortlessly. There’s an outdoor galley aft and a huge sunbathing area forward. She features two spacious cabins and a head with a separate shower. An electric sunroof above her centre console welcomes in the outdoors.

Thanks to David for sharing his impressions – We wish him and Sally an incredible summer out on the water in their new Gran Turismo 40.

If you’d like to view the Gran Turismo 40, contact Flagstaff Marine today.

Check out our latest Gran Turismo 40 offer and the incredible shared boating opportunity in partnership with our friends from SMART Boating here.

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