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Te GranTurismo Sport gets two different


types of transmission: a straightforward six- speed automatic or a six-speed electro actuated flappy-paddle version. Te version I drove had the electro actuated paddles, which has done away with those awkward little niggles that affected the previous version. So no guesses as to which option box you should now be ticking. It would be remiss of me to discuss the


Maserati without referring to its incredible, head-turning looks, as like all Italian sports cars, they tend to attract a lot of attention. Having said that, the astute amongst you may note that the new changes are, at best, pretty cosmetic over the 2008 model. A completely redesigned nose can boast functionality as well as form. It not only brings the aesthetics bang up to date but also helps to increase airflow and cooling to the brakes whilst giving the designers a new platform to insert the now compulsory DRLs (daytime running lights). Te new Maserati also displays a new body colour - Blu Sofisticato. Having seen it in the


flesh, this new tone does help to promote the car’s shape and poise to its best advantages, showing off all those seemingly infinite stylistic features. However, Blu Sofisticato sounds a little too ambiguous. I wish they had just gone with a name that reflected their intentions better – Azzurri Blue – shared by every Italian’s second passion – the national football team. Continuing along the blue theme, behind the obligatory Trident themed 20” alloy wheels is a new braking system for the GranTurismo Sport, which employs Brembo dual-cast technology. Tis couples a six-piston brake calliper at the front and a four-piston version at the rear. Tey are also available in a new colour - oxidised blue. Te interior of the GranTurismo Sport has been treated to a small makeover. Particular importance should be paid to the new seats, which offer much better support and comfort on longer journeys. Plus, the new design allows the rear shell of the front seats to free up more space for rear passenger’s legs (20 mm). Poignantly, the new GranTurismo Sport


helps to open a new chapter for Maserati, as it kick-starts a spate of new cars due to emerge from their Vaile Ciro Menotti factory over the next three years. But it also closes another, as it is almost certainly going to be the last car to carry the GranTurismo name, replaced by the GranSport in 2015. And this brings my final point into focus: quite simply, this is your last chance to own the most practical Italian sports car money can buy.


FACTFILE Price From: £94,080 Power: 460 bhp Torque: 520 Nm 0-62: 4.8 seconds Economy: 18.2 mpg Weight: 1880kg CO2 emission: 360 g/km 2012/2013 VED: £475pa 1st Year VED: £1030


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