A standard Maserati GranTurismo has fixed-rate dampers, but our test car came fitted with the optional Skyhook suspension that adjusts automatically in response to driving style.

The driver can manually set the car to a firmer damper setting by pressing the Sport button, which also adjusts the throttle response and traction control settings. Although not an exact match, a standard car will behave similarly to a Skyhook-equipped car set to Sport, so only spend the money if you want additional comfort.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
The GranTurismo is a revised steering rack away from real handling pedigree

We say this because, for the most part, the GranTurismo is impressively comfortable, the ride supple and a huge step forward over the jittery Quattroporte. By placing the engine and gearbox between the axles, Maserati has given the GranTurismo an agility that belies its mass.

Although in the extreme the big GT’s natural tendency is to understeer, at a more relaxed pace it adopts a neutral poise true to its sporting pedigree.

Once committed to a corner, the Maserati feels planted and alive with information. As a car to be driven briskly, and in which to mix progress with occasion, the GranTurismo is mission accomplished.

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The steering, though, is a weak point. The accuracy is there, and there is moderate, inconsistent feel, but the weighting is all wrong. At parking speeds it is arguably too heavy, at 20-40mph just about right, but any faster and there is too much assistance.

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