We usually put the ‘beholder’s eye’ caveat in this section when we talk about styling, but with the Maserati GranTurismo it hardly seems worth it.

We’ve yet to find someone who thinks Pininfarina has created anything other than a coupé that’s starkly beautiful from the tip of its 3500GT-inspired grille to, well, if not quite the back of its Mondeo-esque rear lights, then a point just before them.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
The GranTurismo is big and ravishingly handsome - everything a GT should be

What’s equally striking about the Maserati when you see it in the metal is how large it is. This shouldn’t be surprising – this is supposed to be a four-seat coupé, after all. If you consider the GranTurismo’s most natural on-paper rival, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé, you’ll find both are a similar size.

The GranTurismo is 4881mm long and, with mirrors, 2056mm wide. Both also share a connection with a large saloon. The S-Class Coupé is based on the S-Class luxury car, while similarly the GranTurismo, beneath its rakish looks, owes rather a lot to the Maserati Quattroporte.

The GranTurismo is 170mm shorter than the Quattroporte overall, with 122mm of that coming out of the saloon’s wheelbase, but mechanically they’re very similar. The steel section frame and the suspension are largely the same; likewise the engine and transmission are from the Quattroporte automatic.

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Four versions make up the GranTurismo range: GranTurismo, Sport, MC Stradale and MC Stradale Centiennal Edition; each with subtly different looks, although the it is the Stradales are the closest to resembling a race car. But even with bulging wings, intakes and skirts, the look is more Armani-suited gent than Imola diehard.

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