What is it?
A more overtly sporting version of the beautiful Quattroporte, designed to get the driver more involved in the action while still providing all the trappings of a luxury saloon.
Maserati hasn’t touched the snarling 4.2-litre V8 (mated to the excellent six-speed ZF auto only); instead, it has directed all of its efforts towards improving feel and creating a car with uncompromising dynamic behaviour.
This has been achieved by ditching the regular Quattroporte’s adjustable Skyhook dampers in favour of sportier fixed-rate Bilsteins, fitting stiffer springs, lowering the ride height and uprating the front brakes to 360mm carbon-ceramic discs and six-piston calipers courtesy of Brembo. The wheels are 20s, fitted with purpose-built tyres.
Inside, the front seats have been reshaped, there’s carbonfibre trim on the console and dash, and the leather upholstery is joined by lashings of Alcantara, including on the steering wheel.
What’s it like?
Don’t let the fact that the GTS has an auto ‘box fool you; this is no wafter. It feels remarkably crisp and agile for a near two-tonne car, with aggressive steering response and a flat cornering stance.