Maserati dealers are in a strong position right now. They are on track to sell 450 GranTurismos this year in the UK.
That goal for one product is almost the same figure as Maserati achieved four years ago across three model ranges.
Launched 12 months ago, GranTurismo has proved itself as a Maserati masterpiece. Its rival Aston Martin V8 Vantage sells on looks and noise, but the driving lets buyers down.
In contrast, the GranTurismo sells on all fronts.
It has the stunning looks and glorious V8 soundtrack, and is also extremely entertaining and confidence-inspiring to drive.
Variable suspension, a £1,721 option, lets drivers choose comfort for high-speed cruising or sport for negotiating winding roads.
And the six-speed ZF automatic transmission is a dream, with smooth changes exactly when required, unlike the Quattroporte’s jerkiness.
Maserati says GranTurismo is unique in this segment as it meets the sporting requirements of coupé customers yet is
practical enough for daily use.
And, rarely for a manufacturer, that isn’t pure marketing dross.
It’s a genuine four-seater with cosseting comfort for rear passengers, and a decent boot. It feels well screwed together, and the interior fittings are strong and luxurious.
Maserati offers plenty of options to let buyers personalise their car, at a price. But in this segment cost shouldn’t be a major issue.