Maserati GranCabrio Sport
22nd February, 2011
Maserati will take the wraps of a new version of its
GranCabrio at the Geneva Motor Show next month (from 3rd March 2011) boasting not just more power and torque
but also a cut in fuel consumption.
Meant to give the GranCabrio a harder-edged model to sit alongside the GranTurismo S and the Quattroporte
Sport GT S, the GranCabrio Sport uses a more powerful and fuel-efficient version of Maserati’s, all-alloy
4.7 litre V8, coupled with the MC Auto Shift variant of its ZF six-speed automatic transmission.
This naturally aspirated engine produces, in this configuration, 331 kW (up from 323 kW) and has 510 Nm
(up from 490 Nm) at the peak of its torque curve. Maserati’s Friction Reduction Programme has made the
GranCabrio Sport’s engine react more quickly to driver demands and cut fuel consumption by six per cent.
The top speed of the GranCabrio Sport is 110 km/h on Australian roads or 285 km/h on a motor racing
The acclaimed super-fast MC Auto Shift software developed for the Quattroporte Sport GTS is fitted to
the GranCabrio Sport and provides optimised gearshift response resulting in an even-greater driver
The handling has received attention, too, with an upgrade and revision of the Skyhook active-suspension
system – now with a more aggressive tuning – and the adoption of ventilated and cross drilled dual-cast
brake discs for more powerful braking during sustained high speed use.
Visually, the Maserati GranCabrio Sport is distinguished by a more pronounced dynamic look. This look
begins at the GranCabrio’s unique nose with a black grille and a Trident with red accents. The headlights
now have a black look with white edges, while front corner splitters and the redesigned side skirts are
both body coloured. The GranCabrio Sport also debuts a new body colour for Maserati: Rosso Trionfale
inspired by the red Italian national colours used on 1950s racing Maseratis. In 1957, Juan Manuel Fangio
won his fifth F1 World Title at the wheel of a Maserati 250F in this shade of red.
The Maserati GranCabrio Sport will debut in Australia and New Zealand in early 2012, when local prices
and specifications will be announced.