"The GranTurismo is much more stylish than any German rival."
With prices starting at over £80,000, you'd expect the GranTurismo to deliver – and it doesn't disappoint. On the road, the coupé is a refined cruiser, but also blisteringly quick when you put your foot down. In terms of style, it's a cut above any German rival. It has real flair and a sense of drama. It's a capable driver's car, too, with well weighted steering and plenty of grip. However, it's not as polished as Jaguar's XKR. There are two engines – a standard 4.2-litre V8 and a 4.7-litre V8 found in the Sport – both deliver incredible performance. The Coupé is a big car, and offers plenty of room in the back for two adults.
The GranTurismo is a beautiful car to drive featuring a Ferrari-developed engine that provides a glorious soundtrack. It also copes with corners brilliantly. The precise steering and very well judged suspension make it ideal for covering long distances, the standard automatic gearbox is also effortlessly smooth. The robotic sequential manual available on Sport models is too aggressive for most owners, despite offering six different modes. The more powerful Sport model is also quicker, capable of 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds.
The ride is firm but fitted with the optional Skyhook adaptive suspension, the car automatically adjusts to the road conditions and cornering speed- this makes the GT both sporty and comfortable and is a worthwhie addition. Inside, excellent seats are supportive and trimmed in top quality leather. In the back however, due to the sloping roofline, headroom is slightly compromised.
The Maserati GranTurismo has proven to be highly reliable since it was lanuched in 2007 with very few problems reported. Build quality is also very high throughout. Inside, the cabin is fitted with six airbags whilst traction control is fitted as standard. Huge brakes provide masses of stopping power helping drivers to cut stopping distances and avoid crashes entirely.
The rear seats are a similar size to those found in a small family hatchback, a welcome suprise in a car with sports car handling and such stylish looks. Climbing inside past the folded front seats is quite tricky however. The dashboard design is very stylish, but lacks the clear layout found in a Porsche 911 or Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. We also think the 260-litre boot quite small for a car this size.
Value for money
The large price tag is very hard to ignore compared with other rivals from BMW or Mercedes-Benz but few genuine sports cars can boast this much cabin space. Standard equipment levels are high, with all models getting automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, sat-nav, Bluetooth and leather seats. Optional extras available on the entry level model include metallic paint at £564 and larger 20-inch alloy wheels at £2,400.
The petrol V8 engine fitted in the GranTurismo is capable of 20mpg in standard form, faster S and Sport models struggle to make 19.5mpg. This thirst for fuel results in regular fuel stops and large bills even if you drive the big coupe with a gentle right foot. The price of Road Tax is also in the top bracket, equating to a bill of £460 per year. The average Maserati customer is unlikely to be put off however.