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.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
Good looking surroundings do not excuse the seating snafu - it should be GT priority number one

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.

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As you would expect with four different models each one has an interior to reflect its nature. The entry-level GranTurismo is swathed in leather, with cubbyholes lined in Alcantara and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment as standard and is fitted with a 4.2-litre V8 at the front. Choose the more athletic Sport, not only do you get Maserati's 4.7-litre V8 under the bonnet, but it has been given a going over to be more agile on the road and track. While inside the interior remains mainly the same as the standard car with a bit more Alcantara dotted about.

The range-topping MC Stradales aim to capture some of Maserati's successful racing history within the GranTurismo, so expected to find an aggressive-styled bodykit, rear diffuser and a carbon fibre bonnet fitted. The use of carbon fibre doesn't end there, with it used on the dashboard, paddle shifters and seat rears, while it is trimmed in Alcantara, giving the GranTurismo a racing edge. The Centianial variant is kitted out in a bespoke paint job and trim, while Maserati have given the standard GranTurismo MC Stradale a diet to make it more track focussed.

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