• Feb 23, 2009
Corroborating what we've already known for some time is a new Motor Trend article that confirms a drophead version of Maserati's voluptuous GranTurismo coupe is on the way. However, what is news is that MT is reporting that the car will likely be dubbed "Cabriolet" and not "Spider," largely because the convertible is expected to keep its 2+2 seating, and the latter has been historically reserved for two-place models.

MT believes that the car will carry the 433-horsepower 4.7-liter V8 engine and six-speed ZF automatic gearbox sourced from the Quattroporte Sport GT S, as the GranTurismo S' automanual is considered to be too out-of-character for soft-top motoring. Regardless of what drivetrain arrives contained therein, MT recons the Maser Cabrio will probably debut at next year's Geneva Motor Show, a full year later than earlier reports indicated.

UPDATE: Maserati has just announced that it will bring its new GranTurismo S Automatic to the Geneva show next week. Press release after the jump.

[Source: Motor Trend]

PRESS RELEASE:

Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show

Modena, February 23rd, 2009 – True to Maserati's commitment to introduce a new model at each international auto show, the GranTurismo S Automatic will have its première at the next Geneva Auto Show. The new Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic features a 4.7 V8 which develops 433 HP (SAE) (323kW) at 7000 rpm. The maximum torque is 361 lb-ft (490Nm) at 4,750 rpm.

The main feature is the combination of the automatic transmission with the most powerful wet sump Maserati V8 on the GranTurismo – until now offered as 4.2 l with automatic transmission and 4.7 l with an electro-actuated gearbox. Thanks to the combination of the 433 HP produced by the powerful 4.7l V8 engine and the smoothness of the ZF 6-speed automatic transmission, the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic stresses the original granturismo concept while at the same time offering peak performance.

The Skyhook suspension system featuring continuously adjustable dampers provides great driving comfort. Passive safety engineering is further enhanced thanks to the introduction on the GranTurismo range of a new generation passenger air-bag with Low Risk Deployment functionality.

Consistently with the unmistakable design of all Maseratis, the Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic features some marked stylistic differences which make it immediately recognizable: the new under-door mini-skirts featuring a prominent shape, which enhances the dynamism of its profile and the new 20" wheel rims with "Trident" design, which recall the strength and elegance of the car.

A further enriched equipment package increases the on board pleasure for the driver and the three passengers, thanks to Bluetooth® Wireless Technology and Ipod® interface offered as standard, which enhances the Maserati Multi Media System.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Those three fender vents used to look so cool, until they started showing up on trucks and everyday-average cars! Now they just look tacky, they need to go away or be replaced with something else.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't see any fender vents on those trucks, just the logos.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Trucks?
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol wtf
      • 5 Years Ago
      whats this sticky white stain in my boxers?


      oh wait...cargasm!?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this car didn't have a back seat. I would buy this car 10 years from now, but since it does. I'm planning on getting Ferrari 550
        • 5 Years Ago
        I honestly have no clue why the fact that the Ferrari doesn't have back seats is the determining factor when choosing between that and the Maserati...but okay.

        On topic: the GranTurismo is arguably the most beautiful production car out today, even if it isn't the quickest. I dunno if I'd get the slushbox (can you even really call them that anymore?), but I doubt I'd ever consider the drop-top. I like the lines of the coupe too much to chop it off. Even though the earlier story had speculated on the convertible being a hard-top, I have my doubts.

        I don't know why more automakers won't just swallow their pride, and copy Porsche's glass roof - Targa - option. There are so many vehicles that would benefit from such an option, the GranTurismo included.

        (Even the new MUSTANG has the glass roof option, for pity's sake...)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog, did Maserati not email you the GranTurismo S Automatic pictures yet, or are you just drooling over them?

      http://www.netcarshow.com/maserati/2010-granturismo_s_automatic/

      • 5 Years Ago
      I think he's trying to be funny. Considering all those companies sell trucks with Fender Vents, he's not very funny. What I was talking about though is I've seen so many hoopties, hondas, trucks, and everything in between sporting the 'buick' vents around that it's not cool anymore, even if you are Maserati.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well if you go into a coma, the time will just fly by.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the look of this car and I like the Aston as well the front looks amazing. My question is what will it look like after a few touches from other cars where the drivers reverse into you. I have a prized possession that I drive on a daily basis in a downtown environment and I've seen it bumped twice with no evidence left behind. Could that front end take any kind of a tap?