• Aug 24, 2009
Maserati GranCabrio – Click above for high-res image gallery

After what seems like years of eager anticipation, and with the weeks ticking down until the Frankfurt Motor Show, Maserati has finally unveiled its long-awaited convertible model. With the Maserati GranCabrio, it looks like the Italian automaker has done a beautiful job of translating the Pininfarina-designed GranTurismo into an open-top machine.

The questions on all our minds as we saw an endless stream of heavily-disguised test mules were whether the new convertible would have a fabric or metal roof, retain its four seats or sacrifice the back row (like its predecessor, the Spyder), and which engine would be found under that long hood.

Now we've got our answers. Unlike the Ferrari California, the GranCabrio features a cloth roof that deploys over the four-place passenger compartment, saving both weight and space. In fact, it's the first four-seat convertible in the company's history, and boasts what Maserati says is the longest wheelbase on the market. The Trident marque has also chosen to fit the convertible with the 4.7-liter 433-hp V8 from the GranTurismo S, bypassing the base 4.2-liter unit and mating it to the highly-rated ZF six-speed automatic. The new Maser's public debut is scheduled for the Frankfurt show next month, but in the meantime, follow the jump to read the press release and check out the quartet of images in the gallery below.



[Source: Maserati]


PRESS RELEASE

THE NEW MASERATI GRANCABRIO TO PREMIERE IN FRANKFURT

The Maserati GranCabrio, the first four-seater convertible in the Trident carmaker's history, will make its world wide debut on September 15 at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The introduction of the GranCabrio – the Trident's third prong – completes Maserati's product line-up that now consists of three different families of models: Quattroporte, GranTurismo, GranCabrio.

The GranCabrio represents the very essence of Maserati in terms of open-top cars. 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 men and women who love to live life in an understated – though sophisticated – manner. Like all the made in Maserati open-top convertibles: special cars aimed at refined connoisseurs.

In fact the GranCabrio is continuing the Maserati tradition in open-top cars, joining models that have played such an important part in the Modena carmaker's history such as the 1950 A6G Frua Spyder, 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. In the footsteps of tradition, the GranCabrio opens a new chapter, because never before have four-seater top-down models ever been produced at the Viale Ciro Menotti Maserati factory. Four proper seats, so that the rear passengers are not merely supporting actors, but co-stars of the journey.

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 canvas-made, emphasizing the link with the Maserati tradition.

The Maserati GranCabrio will be marketed starting next winter, and experienced by customers the world over from the following spring.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautiful, but would have liked it even more if they did cut out the 2 back seats.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hi guys, I found on youtube a video of the GranCabrio @Frankfurt!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U04H4e-3nEo
      Actually there's nothing new to see (the car is completely covered) but the show is for tomorrow, so maybe we can find something new in the next hours...
      clock is ticking down!!
      stay tuned!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is certainly nice, but I still prefer the coupe...
      • 5 Years Ago
      *drool*
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like the decision to go with the soft top, seems like no company has yet come up with a retractable hard top 4 seat conv. that looks good with the top DOWN. The G, IS, and 3-Series all have funky lines on their hindquarters, and the Pontiac is just plain ugly. One day i'll trade my Miata with the Ferrari badges in for that Maserati ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is one of the hottest cars out today
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well done on the design Maserati. Absolutely beautiful. I think the main issue that Maserati will face is the price. It cannot be priced too close to the Ferrari California and it should charge a very hefty premium above porsche 911 4s cabrio. If they can set the price at a sweet spot, they will kick porsche's bottom and definitely will steal some other convertible market like merc SL and AUDI S5 cabrio. I know the AUDI is a bit far fetched though because it is much cheaper. In any case, I really wish Maserati will do well with this car because it is such a pure blood car company (no diesel).
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is certainly nice, but I still prefer the coupe
      • 5 Years Ago
      Going to jump on the broken-record bandwagon and say it's absolutely beautiful. As a convertible I'd definitely take this over an Aston, although for a coupe I'd still have to take the Aston I think.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great looking car! Only wish I have the money for it...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I'll stick with my coupe, though this is gorgeous perhaps it loses a little something for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hubba hubba hubba; Maserati's done it again.

      I can honestly say I'd get this over any other soft-top convertible in production - even if that car performed better than the GranCabrio. My only "complaint" is that there isn't a shot of it with the top up. These cars tend to lose a bit of their appeal to Northeasterners like me, who have to consider the 3/4th's of the year where the roof has to be up. I doubt this would be all that disappointing, but still.
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