What is it?
This is the final hurrah for Maserati’s ageing best seller, the 2018 GranTurismo, driven here in ‘lightweight’ MC specification for the first time on British roads.
It’s so completely final that you can no longer order one from the factory in Modena. The last GranTurismo has already been built, so you’ll need to hunt through existing dealer inventory to get one. Whether or not you should actually do so is something we’ll come onto in a moment.
First, some background. Eleven years ago, Maserati’s four-seat coupé arrived with a 399bhp 4.2-litre V8 designed by none other than Ferrari. If our eyes and ears were our only instruments of assessment, it would have won every group test it graced — still would, perhaps — but they aren’t and it didn’t. We still liked it, though.
Soon after, a GranTurismo S was launched with a 433bhp 4.7-litre engine, a six-speed robotised manual 'box instead of an auto and stiffer suspension, complete with thicker anti-roll bars. Body control was predictably improved, but the steering was still inconsistently weighted and the ride now a touch fidgety. We nevertheless preferred it to the BMW M6 of the day, the Bangle-styled V10 bruiser whose values will one day surely rocket.