How we love Italy! Maserati is not backing down from pursuing its sporting strategy. This can be seen by the marque’s return to the Geneva Motor Show where it first lifted the covers off the GranTurismo last year. The world-premier of the new GranTurismo S, which is based on the sexy GranTurismo that is already on sale, is the personification, as it were, of Maserati’s sportiness and comfort balance.

GranTurismo S power is persuaded by a willing new 4.7-litre V8 on natural aspiration. This motor delivers 440 bhp/ 328kW at 7,000 revolutions per minute, with maximum torque of 490Nm tapped at 4,750rpm. A fair amount of squeezing then, seems to be a requirement for maximum results. Maserati says it will shoot off from naught to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds with the clock stopping just shy off the 300km/h mark. GranTurismo is therefore the fastest ever production Maserati.

This engine is matched with a 6-speed MC-Shift gearbox whose shifting action is actuated electronically, making it extra quick in certain situations.

Maserati is more than just sport of course; firstly it is style and the GranTurismo S oozes that all the way. Inside generous amounts of Poltrona Frau leather and Alcantara are evident, adding to comfort levels not seen in many other sports cars. Wheels are 20-inch Trident-shaped, complemented by oval-section exhaust pipes. Seeing this thing in the metal at Geneva left us gushing in anticipation of a drive. Did we mention how much we love Italy?

Gallery: Maserati GranTurismo S Blows Socks Off Geneva

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