The Maserati Granturismo is refined and enjoyable to drive, with well-weighted steering and plenty of grip. There's space for four in most versions, too.
It's expensive to own and the 4.2 engine needs more low-down pull. The thick front pillars and narrow rear window hamper visibility, and the boot is tiny.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Granturismo range comprises of two silky-smooth V8 engines. The ‘entry-level’ 4.2 has 399bhp and is quick enough, but needs to be worked hard if you want to get the best from it. The Sport and MC Stradale versions have a 454bhp 4.7, which is usefully quicker and a lot more flexible – 0-62mph takes a mere 4.6 seconds.
Ride & Handling
The Granturismo is a big car and, on tighter roads, you’re aware of its considerable bulk. It handles well, however, with little body lean and strong grip. The steering is precise and well weighted, although it is surprisingly slow; you need to apply a lot of lock in the slower corners. The ride is firm, but not uncomfortably so; it doesn’t undermine the car's role as a grand tourer. Sport and MC Stradale versions have adaptive damping, which allows you to vary the stiffness of the suspension.
A grand tourer shouldn't batter your ears on the long journeys it's designed for. In that respect, the Granturismo generally succeeds, but there's some road noise and you can hear the engine toiling away on the motorway. The melodious V8 is central to the car’s character, however, especially in the Sport and MC Stradale versions, which emit an intoxicating V8 howl when you put your foot down.