Why should I want it?
The Maserati GranTurismo coupe is something of a dying breed. It’s an old-school, mechanical V8 without any of the hybrid tech and general cleverness that many modern performance cars now feature. And from a driving point of view it’s all the better for it, feeling like more of a brute of a car as a result. Combine that with the wonderful exhaust noise, the elegant styling and the excellent view down that long bonnet, and you can see the appeal.
Why can’t I have it?
The figures are eye-watering in terms of sub-20mpg, while the rear seats are pretty much only for bags. Mind you, that’s actually pretty handy after you’ve opened the boot and found only 260 litres of luggage space back there. It’s also polite to call the switchgear and infotainment retro, rather than outdated.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
Erm, Maserati is owned by the Fiat Group so maybe tease a car into a deal for Fiat, Fiat Professional, Alfa Romeo and Jeep models? And it really is a good-looking car.
More fleety alternative
The new Audi S5 will provide pace, coupe looks and lower running costs because it’s now powered by a 347hp 3.0-litre diesel engine. It features mild hybrid technology for an official fuel economy figure of 45mpg while still offering sub-5.0-second 0-62mph acceleration.
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