Inspired Decision – Maserati GranCabrio Sport
As one of the world’s most-beautiful and desirable cars, Maserati has worked to maintain that status by giving the GranCabrio a range-topping powerhouse in the flagship GranCabrio Sport.
The critically acclaimed GranCabrio is a full four-seat convertible offering the perfect blend of pace and luxury, with a smooth, fast, six-speed automatic transmission, perfect weight distribution and rear-wheel drive. The GranCabrio has the longest wheelbase in the four-seat convertible segment, yet boasts class-leading structural rigidity, providing added safety, comfort and agile handling. The GranCabrio’s underbody was re-engineered to ensure Maserati’s trademark handling and agility carried over to the convertible intact. It also boasts special materials in its triple-layer cloth roof to ensure thermal and sound insulation, regardless of the outside temperature. The roof mechanism itself is strong and light, and takes just 20 seconds to fully fold back into its compartment.
Already a sales success in every one of Maserati’s 63 markets worldwide, the GranCabrio has been further boosted by the addition of the GranCabrio Sport, a car that offers a unique blend of enriched performance and luxury refinements.
Conceived to give the GranCabrio a harder-edged model to sit alongside the GranTurismo S and the Quattroporte Sport GT S, the GranCabrio Sport is the first GranCabrio to benefit from Maserati’s Low Friction Program to give it 450HP. This configuration of the naturally aspirated 4.7-litre V8 generates more torque and makes the GranCabrio Sport’s engine more reactive to the driver’s most-nuanced inputs. Its six-speed automatic transmission now includes the super-fast MC Auto Shift software. Developed directly from the transmission in the Quattroporte Sport GT S, the MC Auto Shift gives the GranCabrio Sport driver even greater engagement by improving gearshift times and introduces a digital in-dash display to indicate the ideal gear-shift timing. The handling has received attention, too, with an upgrade and revision of the Skyhook active-suspension system to give it sportier tuning, and the adoption of drilled and slotted dual-cast brake discs. The mechanical changes also include a revised exhaust system which automatically opens its bypass valves in Sport mode to provide an even richer sound and a shorter exhaust path.
Visually, the GranCabrio Sport is characterized by a more pronounced dynamic look that begins with the GranCabrio’s distinctive nose, a black grille and a Trident with red accents.
The headlights now have a black look with white sidemarks, while front corner splitters and the redesigned side skirts are both body coloured. The dynamic look is finished with new, bespoke 20” Astro-design rims.
The GranCabrio Sport featured two significant standard additions to emphasize its extremes of driving fun: elongated, Trofeo-design shift paddles at the wheel (with Maserati “Active Shifting”) and drilled aluminum pedals.
The GranCabrio Sport also debuted a new body colour for Maserati: Rosso Trionfale, inspired by the red national colour used on 1950s racing Maseratis – in 1957, Juan Manuel Fangio won his fifth F1 World Title at the wheel of a red Maserati 250F. Inside the cabin, two new leather colours are available for the new M-design seats: Bianco Pregiato, a brilliant ivory shade; and Grigio Chrono, a sporty, dark tone of grey.
With a range of upgrades that has changed the rules for fast, comfortable sports cars that can carry four full-sized adults. The Maserati GranCabrio Sport provides quality performance without compromise.”