One benefit of Maserati using the Quattroporte to underpin the GranTurismo is that this is a decent-sized car inside. It rivals the Mercedes S-Class Coupé in its rear accommodation, and easily trumps a BMW 6 Series and a Jaguar XK.
The shapely roof means there’s not a great deal of headroom in the rear, but the twin chairs are inviting and the legroom is good. The boot, despite a shorter rear overhang than the saloon, is reasonable, too: it’ll hold the now obligatory pair of golf bags.
And while there are design similarities inside with the saloon, there are enough occupant-facing differences to make the GranTurismo feel like a unique model.
The steering wheel and console near the gearlever are the same, but the upper is the GranTurismo’s own. It’s a real shame then that the cheap-looking standard-fit radio is identical to the unit you’ll find in various Peugeots and Citroëns – not what you expect in an £80,000 Italian supercar.
It’s a good-looking cabin, though, with excellent stitching on the leather and it feels better built than previous Maserati coupés.
Perhaps the worst part of the GranTurismo’s cabin is the seats and seating position. The seats don’t offer enough support – vital in a grand tourer – and the steering wheel doesn’t extend far enough towards you. Trim, fit and finish in places lack finesse, too. Happily, the latest incarnation, the GranTurismo Sport has addressed these; chiefly the poor seating arrangment. With any luck these changes will filter to other models in the range.