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Maserati GranTurismoS review

Driven October 2011

Maserati GranTurismoS review

The thing with Maserati is they aren’t at the forefront of racing tech. They don’t have big branding deals. Superheroes and secret agents don’t use them as company cars. So if you are an alpha male, but don’t like to put that fact up for display like you could in a Ferrari. The Maserati GranTurismo S is your perfect choice.

First, the surprises. It’s a two-door coupe, but the rear seats can accommodate two adults comfortably. Second, ride is pliant. Third, it leaves goosebumps on your skin in the way only a Ferrari can. Compared to the GranTurismo’s 4.3-litre 405bhp V8, the S version packs in a 4.7-litre V8 that puts out 440bhp. Now extra power has never harmed anyone. What the GTS could harm are your regular blood pressure and pulse rate readings. It can reach insane speeds – 295kph to be exact – and touches 100 well before you can say Maser.

But what this car delivers are the busloads of sensations that convert the mere action of motion into a spectacle. The feel from the steering, the responsiveness of the pedals, the kick in the back when you change gears through the paddles, and the rock concert put out from the engine is all utterly sensational.

Sure, there are faster cars, more exciting cars, but none that can do everything, in a practical, usable and gorgeous package like this GTS can. You won’t get bar-stool bragging rights with your friends who may have Ferraris or Porsches. But then, with a car like this, you’d better not be on the road than whiling time away socialising.


Sriram Narayanan

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