I have just recently had the pleasure to drive the Maserati GranTurismo and I absolutely am head over heels with this car. It doesn't really shout for attention like the other flashy Italian counterpart, and that, makes the GranTurismo sexy in a very classy way. This review won't be about the numbers, the horsepower, the torque and all, but it will be on how it makes me feel as a driver, and if I could sum the car up with just one word, which I rarely could; Special.
Everybody has different things that ticks them. My preferences however, has always been with a two-seater coupe. But as you get into a later stage in life, you started to look at the practicality, the function over forms.
When you are about to start a family, and say have a son, a two-seater coupe doesn't really makes the cut unfortunately. You would want something practical, and fun at the same time. By all means, that doesn't mean that I don't love the two-seater no more, it just that I don't think they would be my first choice for a main car or a daily driver.
You would then started to consider a 4-seater or in my case, a 2+2. But who are we kidding. 2+2 is beautiful, but most of the time, the back seat are for show purposes only. Yes, then there's the Porsche 911. Unfortunately, I can't imagine myself waking up to one in the morning. They really are practical though.
This is where the GranTurismo comes into the picture. For people like me. The looks, the lines, the leather, the smell. And the back seat really is usable! And for a daily driver, I don't need all the power in the world. But it's good to know that there is enough power and torque should I need them there. But heck they are fast. And it's not too flashy, which equals to less fingerprints when you go out shopping for groceries and all.
Now, the best feature of the GranTurismo besides the looks. The sound. The noise the car makes, the burble, the crackling sound, when decelerating, it will make you smile widely. Very wide indeed. Then there's the sport button, I'll just quote Jeremy Clarkson on the Quattroporte Sport button, "What this button does, is turn carbon dioxide into noise!". That is more than enough to explain how I feel, though he quoted that on the Quattroporte, the same sure does applies on the GranTurismo.
With that, I would like to say, Yes. The GranTurismo would make the perfect family car. Well, for me that is.