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Premium is its screaming 3.7-litre V6 — a little out of place in a limousine like this — which works so well with the seven-speed auto, revmatching on downshifts to keep the power constantly on tap.
It’s thirsty, downing 10.2L/100km on test.
The GT shares the glorious V6 but has a different overall feel thanks to 18-inch wheels, narrower tyres and standard suspension. The ride is softer and the steering less sharp but that’s not a bad thing — if anything it feels more settled than the Sports Premium.
Even in base GT spec, the interior is refined and luxurious, if unchanged from 2012. The cabin’s flowing lines sweep across the dash and down into the doors.
The hybrid GT Premium impressed three-and-a-bit years ago with its brutal acceleration, smashing the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.3 secs. It continues to impress, as much as the steering fails to, feeling a little lumpy and resistant to quick changes in direction.
As a rear passenger for part of the way, I’m reminded that Q70s really are limousines with more than ample legroom and raised seating position for broad views ahead. The ride again is smooth and comfortable, the cabin quiet even on coarse-chip country highways. The Q70 is good value-formoney in all grades, its 3.7-litre V6 is marriage material and the ride is super comfortable.