Speed Week: Forza Italia
Twenty cylinders, £405,000 and 1,145bhp all wrapped up in two beautiful packages
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
5.15pm Fine paid, Lambo in our possession, we swing towards France. I'm in the Maserati at last. Funny thing, context. It might seem churlish to describe a 454bhp sports car with a quoted 0-62mph of 4.5 seconds as slow, but, honestly, after a day in the Aventador, the GT feels a mite sluggish. Stick it in Race mode, though, and it makes a glorious racket, a hirsute V8 roar to the Lambo's death-rattle scream. Oddly, underneath all the carbon fibre and race bits, the Stradale turns out to be a big softie, with an old-school GT lope. Which makes it a lovely long-range cruiser, but I wonder if, having handed over £110k for the sportiest Maserati in the range, you might have expected something a little pointier. But, as a respite from the screaming, headbanging Lambo, it's just the ticket. And its aircon works.