Power for both GranTurismo models, the 'Sport' and the 'MC', comes from the same Ferrari-sourced 4.7-litre V8 engine that's found in the most powerful version of their Quattroporte saloon, the powerplant's sonorous soundtrack emphasised by a switchable sports exhaust. Alfa Romeo once used this unit for their 8C Competizione supercar. This V8 manages 0-62mph in 4.7s on the way to a top speed of 187mph. It's not quite in the ultimate supercar bracket but all of that should be plenty for the playboy on his day off.
The GranTurismo has obviously been designed to entertain as well as cosset its driver. The front-engined rear-wheel drive layout helps it achieve a well balanced 49/51 weight distribution, one of the reasons why we found ourselves able to throw this Maserati around rather more than we expected given its hefty 1880kgs kerbweight. As a result, unlike, say a Mercedes SL, this is a car that is nearly as at home on a twisting B road as it is on a motorway. Only the steering lets things down a bit, rather too vague at speed but slightly heavier than you'd like when parking.
The 6-speed automatic gearbox with its wheel-mounted paddle shifters is cleverly able to adapt to your driving style as well as to the prevailing road conditions. The extra outlay required by the MC model gets you a stiffer, more focused suspension set-up. We'd stick with the 'Sport' variant, not only because the suspension is more compliant but also because 'Sport'-spec is the only one that gets you Maserati's 'Skyhook' adaptive suspension system. In its 'Sport' setting, the car feels pretty much like a standard GranTurismo on fixed rate dampers, but Skyhook does give you the additional option of switching to a more comfort-orientated mode for motorway work.