What is it?
A Maserati that we’re promised is “as sporting as possible within the territory of the GranTurismo,” according to Roberto Ronchi, CEO of Maserati.
Over the regular GranTurismo, it gains a 4.7-litre 433bhp V8 (up from 4.2-litres and 399bhp), a six-speed robotised manual gearbox (rather than an auto), 20-inch alloys (up an inch), styling modifications, a thicker rear anti-roll bar and 10 percent stiffer springs and dampers.
What’s it like?
At first, not great. The GranTurismo S’s seats share their structure with the standard car’s, so they’re unsupportive despite new upholstery. The steering wheel doesn’t extend far enough towards you and its weighting around straight-ahead is far too light. Trim fit and finish in places lacks finesse too - and the ride is unsettled.
Early upsides? The S’s robotised gearbox, with longer paddles than on the 4.2, shifts smoothly enough, and the 4.7-litre engine makes one of the most glorious noises in production.
But it’s worth spending time getting to know the S because it’s far from bad. As far from bad as any Maserati in recent memory, in fact.
Yes, that slightly nuggety ride never leaves you, but on harsher, more demanding roads the S’s body control proves excellent on its regular springs (‘Skyhook’ variable dampers are an option we’d leave alone). The steering, which is too quick around the straight-ahead, gains heft and feel as you apply some lock.