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It’s unfair to compare these two family members in a head to head test - it is more of a Maserati fest. 

The Granturismo is the smaller sized of the two cars, being more of a youthful sports car while the Quattroporte is aimed firmly at the more mature executive. Both have interior layouts of two-plus-two, but the Quattroporte offers a lot more cabin space. The Quattroporte is still in the early stages of a new model and feels a world apart from the GT, which is beginning to show signs of ageing that even the latest Botox injections from the design team are struggling to patch up. Both of them have the sonorous roar that Maserati is famous for, the GT keeping it loud for most of the revs while the Quattroporte tones it down early revs, letting you leave the leafy suburbs before howling away.

The Granturismo is no small car though, it feels larger than the Porsche 911 and even compared to the Ferrari California the GT is longer, taller and heavier, giving you extra space in the rear for adult passengers. Both Maserati’s have luxury interiors with the Quattroporte being a little more modern. To enable a more youthful sales pitch the GT driven here is an amazing electric blue, showing off the curves of the car perfectly.

The Quattroporte is the more complicated car, a large executive tourer planted amongst rivals such as the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes S Class, Bentley GT, Range Rover and even the less expensive Jaguar XJ. Of all these cars the Quattroporte is most reminiscent of the Jaguar to drive.

Maserati have held their own during a difficult down turn and now that the sun seems to be popping up from behind the clouds, Maserati should floor the accelerator and deliver some really great cars in the future.

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