Maserati GranTurismo Sport (2012): 30 second review

CJ Hubbard
Maserati GranTurismo Sport
The new 460hp Maserati GranTurismo Sport dials up the aggression and leaves us enthralled - but choose your gearbox carefully, it really defines the character of the car.
We like:
Huge style, greater comfort, better control and awesome noise make this the best GranTurismo yet.
We don't like:
Lurching gear changes from the MC Shift, heavier handling of the Automatic, some of the switchgear.
Should I buy one?
The Maserati GranTurismo Sport is one of those cars that should have us doffing our collective hats whenever we see one - it's big, impractical and occasionally obstinate, but goodness it makes the automotive world a more interesting place. It's also the best GranTurismo so far.
It majors on indulgence, rather than ultimate excellence, and certainly it won't be for everyone. But when a 911 is too obvious, a GT-R too Nissan and an M6 too efficient, then you might just find the Maserati's hyperbolic histrionics make this the ideal choice for you.
After all, everyone will know you could have bought any one of those rivals - and more. But you will have bought the Maserati. And you know what, we really like what that says about you.
Rating
4/5
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