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MOTORING

Normally Maseratis are understated, but still head turning. And, this model, with its new exhaust system, sporting a dashboard switch to open a bypass flap in the rear exhaust muffler, certainly commands attention with a deeper, throatier growl. This is any petrol head’s dream engine sound – a V8 rumble producing a spine-tingling note - so nobody misses you driving past. The Ferrari built all-aluminium V-8 gives an impressive acceleration quoted at 62 mph in 5.1 seconds, for which Maserati claims an ungoverned top speed of 177mph, which sadly I couldn’t attempt on a short road test. The 4.7litre engine delivers 433bhp with its ZF automatic gearbox, putting the car up there with the top luxury sports saloons. It is a fantastic auto - quick to change in manual mode with steering wheel paddles - and really smooth and seamless in automatic. The dash, featuring carbon fibre facia as well as luxurious suede and leather, gives the car the feel and luxury one would expect from an Italian thoroughbred. The suede covered steering wheel has the usual array of controls including paddles for gear changing at finger tip reach so making the drive easy. The other fittings on the model we had on test included independent electronically adjustable front and rear seats, iPod interface, 20 inch dark chrome alloy wheels, rear tinted windows and matching coloured stitching on the steering wheel and gear knob. With these added options the car will set you back £99,403 on the road. The GT S handles beautifully with an engine that sits entirely behind the front axle line, effectively making the car front-mid-engined. So the ability from turn-in to apex is smooth, with steering that gives you a great feel for the car and a pleasure to drive. The large boot will accommodate plenty of luggage and the rear seats with folding centre arm rest and 3 headrests allow plenty of space. The centre headrest can be adjusted up and down by the driver to make rear vision clear when reversing although the parking sensors are well positioned and give plenty of warning. The fuel tank is adequate, but not for the faint hearted, as 80 litres at today’s prices makes small work of £100. However, with this level of luxury, who notices! The V8 engine gave an average of 18MPG over the 800 mile road test. If I had the budget this would definitely be my optimal car. I look forward to the new Kubang SUV concept from Maserati to see how they make luxury motoring in a new format look. www.maserati.com

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