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Fernando Alonso with his new Maserati GranCabrio – Click above for high-res image gallery

What do Formula One drivers drive in their downtime? Well, when you're a two-time world champion like Fernando Alonso, you get to drive pretty much whatever you want. That is, assuming the team you're driving for isn't owned by a specific automaker. Then you'll need to drive whatever the provide you with. And in Alonso's case, notwithstanding his solo 2001 debut season with Minardi-Cosworth, he's pretty much only driven for automaker-owned teams: Renault, McLaren-Mercedes, then back to Renault and now Ferrari.

While at Renault, Alonso drove a Megane RS that was later offered for sale on eBay. When he moved to McLaren, he got his finely-honed hands on an SLR 722. Now that he's at Ferrari, you'd expect him to be driving a new 458 Italia or a 599 GTB Fiorano, right? Almost, but not quite.

Ferrari's sister company Maserati has announced that Alonso has acquired a new GranCabrio – to be sold Stateside as the GranTurismo Convertible, lest we be confused. The Spanish driver – who's already off to a great start, having won his first race with the team to which everyone said he always belonged – picked one out in (very) dark gray with a two-tone beige and bordeaux interior with a matching canvas roof. And if you think about it, his selection makes sense: if you're driving a high-strung performance machine for work, wouldn't you want to unwind in something a little more relaxed? Press release after the jump, photos in the galleries below.

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A Maserati GranCabrio for Fernando Alonso
18/03/2010 - Modena

The two-times Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso, driver of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, has "unveiled" in Fiorano the Maserati GranCabrio that he has selected.

The Spanish driver has chosen for the GranCabrio elegant fixtures, preferring a darker shade for the exterior in combination with two-tone upholstery for the interior. Grigio Granito is the colour of the body, while the interior has a combination of Pearl Beige and Bordeaux leather, matching a soft top of the same shade.

The GranCabrio represents the synthesis of Maseratis in terms of top down models. It is a Maserati in the purest sense of the term: from the unmistakable style of Pininfarina to the craftsmanship of every detail, from the pleasure of driving to top performance - assured by a V8 engine of 4.7 liters and 440 hp with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fernando Alonso was particularly impressed by the space offered by the GranCabrio, perfect for four adult passengers. The GranCabrio is in fact the first four-seat convertible in the history of Maserati.

To emphasize the link with the Maserati tradition, the roof of the GranCabrio is strictly canvas. Available in six colours, perfectly integrated into the design of the car, it folds up in only 20 seconds (28 seconds including the movement of the four independent windows).

The Maserati GranCabrio is being marketed throughout Europe starting in this month of March.

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      So. Damn. Jealous. It. Hurts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if he wears that jacket when he goes out to the Supermarket?
        • 5 Years Ago
        if i had that jacket, i would wear it everywhere. possibly even at my wedding.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well the big picture is... you can only have one girl in the car with the Ferrari but with the Maserati you can fit 3 girls in the car. I think good planning on his part.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If someone's giving it to me, I'm going to pick the Ferrari every time, but I will say that if it were my own hard earned money changing hands, even if I had the change to spring for a 458, I'd still go for the GranCabrio. Even at its lofty price point I honestly think it is about the best value in a sports or GT car you can buy.

      Bras simply disintegrate in the presence of such automotive beauty, and it has enough performance to back up that sinister stance without requiring a feather-light touch to keep you on the road. Plus, it seats four! In a 458 all you can do is take your girlfriend along and listen to her whine about how loud the engine is. In this, you can do the smart thing and not HAVE a girlfriend, but rather drop in on the club, then leave with the amateur model who saw you drive up to the valet AND her two friends, who would have otherwise thwarted you because they needed her to drive them home at the end of the night.
        • 5 Years Ago
        dare to dream big, skablaw, dare to dream big.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With that ragtop he's going to have to comb those eyebrows more often.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, the GranCabrio is way cooler than the Italia. That is a fact.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder why he didn't get a Ferrari, its not like they always have to be driven at the limit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome choice! Every time I hear a GT go by I'm completely stopped in my tracks. Best sounding front engined coupe with a v8 on earth, almost sport bike quick to rev and loud.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Apparently, he also owns a pearl white 458 Italia...


      At least someone got his name in the drivers seat :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Had to trade in that Renault Clio sport eh?
      But he missed out on the new McLaren.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If he'd been given a McLaren he would only have complained Hamilton's was faster.
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      • 5 Years Ago
      with the jumpsuit on, he looks like a parking attendant getting ready to park it.
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