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Gran Turismo S
8/10

Overall
verdict

Not just a hopped-up GranTurismo, the S adds a half a litre capacity and a whole heap more focus to the slightly lardy GT-centric GranTurismo. It makes the S into one of the best cars on sale today, bar none. And with the ‘Sport’ button pressed, one of the loudest

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  • Bentley GT too footballer? BMW M6 too clinical? You need an S. Possibly the best four-seat sportscar in the universe
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What is it?

Removes the standard car’s predisposition to ride well rather than go fast, but the S is so much more than a go-faster GranTurismo. New suspension with single-rating dampers make for much more grip and 10-percent less body roll – but don’t expect clinical Porsche handling balance – this is a big fat Italian opera star.

Driving

Still maintains a thoroughly compliant ride even with the wick turned up. You’ll also be able to get four six-foot tall individuals in there for journeys of more than a millisecond, which has to be a true practicality bonus.

On the inside

The engine is now a 4.7-litre version of the 4.2 that the Maser previously sported; essentially now a version of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione mill. You know you want this even though it has an 1880kg body to lug around; 440bhp, 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and 183mph – the fastest production Maserati ever made. Job done. Bella Pasta.

Owning

 See it, want it, abandon wife and kids for it. Sorry, sell wife and kids for it. So yes, quite cool

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