Maserati Gran Turismo S - Car review

Like the Maserati GranTurismo sportscar but want something a little more focused? Then you'll like the GranTurismo S. Jonathan Crouch reports

Maserati's surprisingly able GranTurismo is provided these days in uprated 440bhp GranTurismo S guise. The basic car does lives up to its name. It's a Grand Tourer, albeit one also capable of hustling along a broken B-road when the need arises.

I'd be tempted (were I a lottery winner) to pay the extra for the S model just to get its far better electro-actuated gearbox with fast MC-Shift. Like the standard model's transmission, this gearbox adapts to your driving style as well as to the prevailing road conditions.

The GranTurismo S makes use of a high-performance brake system which features front brake discs made with dual-cast technology - a dual casting of cast iron and aluminium, paired with aluminiumMaserati GranTurismo Sc 6-piston brake callipers, ensuring optimised braking performance.

Of course, it isn't just all about how cars of this kind drive. You want visually to know that your investment has been well spent. So the exterior of the Maserati GranTurismo S is characterised by a number of aesthetic modifications that, although discreet, are pretty effective and make the car body appear sportier without abandoning the sleekness of the Pininfarina lines.

Other than this and an �11,000 premium over the standard model that takes the price close to �90,000, the recipe is much as you'd find it any GranTurismo.

Running costs for the GranTurismo might not be supercar in their magnitude but they will probably be as near as damn it. The 4.7-litre V8 is going to suck in fuel and pump out CO2 at a level that no environmentalist without his own personal carbon offset programme is going to countenance. It's safe to say that anyone you see at the wheel of this car doesn't have green issues at the top of their priority list. Just be thankful they're travelling by car and not in their private jet.

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Overall, I've ended up liking this Maserati a lot more than I thought I would. There was a need for a more sharply focused version of the GranTurismo, something the S version beautifully delivers. No, it's still not the sharpest steer in the class but assuming you can't stump up nearly �140,000 for a Bentley Continental GT Speed, there's nothing else I can think of that delivers such a beguiling blend of luxury, speed and occasion.

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