Maserati GranCabrio to debut in Frankfurt
25th August, 2009
Maserati’s first ever four seat convertible, the Maserati
GranCabrio, will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September (17th September 2009) before
going sale in Australian and New Zealand in spring 2010.
Based on the Maserati GranTurismo, the GranCabrio adds a third model to the Maserati range, alongside
its coupe cousin and the Maserati Quattroporte.
“The Maserati GranCabrio represents the very essence of Maserati in terms of open-top cars,” says
Edward Butler, General Manager of Maserati Australia and New Zealand. “It's a Maserati in the purest
sense of the word: from the unmistakable style by Pininfarina to the spacious interior, from the
craftsmanship of each detail to the driving pleasure and performance. The Maserati GranCabrio enriches all
five senses in a shared open-air experience, without sacrificing comfort and performance. A dream car
designed and built for owners who love to live life in an understated and sophisticated manner. Like all the
Maserati open-top convertibles, it is a special car aimed at refined connoisseurs.”
The GranCabrio continues the Maserati tradition in fine open-top automobiles, beginning with the 1950 A6G
Frua Spyder, and continuing through a long list of open air models including the 1960 3500GT Vignale Spyder,
1964 Mistral Spyder, 1968 Ghibli Spyder and 2001 Spyder designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the car that marked
Maserati’s return to the United States. However, in adding to this tradition, the GranCabrio opens a new
chapter, because never before have four-seater top-down models been produced at the Maserati’s Viale Ciro
Menotti factory. Four proper seats are provided, so that the rear passengers are not merely supporting
actors, but co-stars of the journey (so to speak).
The GranCabrio is powered by a 4.7 litre V8, 323 kW engine and is the convertible with the longest
wheelbase on the market. The GranCabrio's roof is strictly cloth-made, emphasising the link with the
Prices and specifications for the new Maserati GranCabrio will be announced when it goes on sale in
Australia and New Zealand in the third quarter of 2010.