• Feb 21, 2011
Maserati GranCabrio Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

When the Maserati GranTurismo made its debut at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, it came equipped with a 400-horsepower, 4.2-liter V8 made by Ferrari. A year later, Maserati shoehorned a larger 4.7-liter unit under the GT's hood, boasting 434 horsepower. But when the GranCabrio – known as the GranTurismo Convertible in the United States – hit the market, the Modense automaker opted to skip the smaller engine and go straight for the 4.7 from the S. Now the Trident marque is doing one better with the new GranCabrio Sport.

Due to be unveiled in Geneva, the top-spec four-seat convertible packs an upgraded version of the 4.7-liter V8. 450 horsepower are driven through the same ZF six-speed auto as the standard model, but re-calibrated with the MC Auto Shift programming for quicker response. The Skyhood active suspension has also been optimized, along with the upgraded brakes, and as you can see from the images in the gallery below, the automaker has also applied a number of sporty touches to the styling as well. You can read the full press release after the jump



[Source: Maserati]
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WORLDWIDE PREVIEW AT THE GENEVA AUTO SHOW FOR THE MASERATI GRANCABRIO SPORT

The new Maserati that will debut at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show will offer more driving enjoyment thanks to an improved overall vehicle dynamics, more horse power, a more responsive and efficient engine and optimised gearshift response.

Modena, February 21, 2011. After stunning the world with the GranCabrio at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Maserati will use the 2011 Geneva Motor Show to take its grand-touring convertible to a new level of performance and handling with the GranCabrio Sport.

Conceived 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 ZF six-speed automatic transmission.

This naturally aspirated engine produces in this configuration 331 kW (450 horsepower) and has 510 Nm at the peak of its rich, thick torque curve. Maserati's Friction Reduction Program has made the GranCabrio Sport's engine more reactive to the driver's most-nuanced inputs, while reaching a 6% reduction in fuel consumption. The top speed of the GranCabrio Sport is 285 km/h.

This six-speed transmission is equipped with the super-fast MC Auto Shift software and has been developed for the GranCabrio Sport directly from the transmission in the Quattroporte Sport GT S. The MC Auto Shift provides optimised gearshift response resulting in an even-greater engagement.

The handling has received attention, too, with an upgrade and revision of the Skyhook active-suspension system – now with a sportier tuning – and the adoption of grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs.

Visually, the GranCabrio Sport is characterised by a more-pronounced dynamic look. This look begins at the GranCabrio's distinctive nose with a black grille and a Trident with red accents. The headlights now have a black look with white sidemarks, 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 red Maserati 250F.

The GranCabrio Sport will be on sale in all of Maserati's 62 markets starting from summer 2011.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see more models. This is like Lamborghini, make 2 good cars, create a billion special editions, then 5-10 years later, replace the car. I don't like that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maserati's range is supposed to grow in a few years with a baby Quattroporte.

        While I agree it's sad to see great brands like these have only a couple models each, I like to think that having few models is the reason they are so good.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesn't it have skyhook suspension?
        • 3 Years Ago
        According to Autoblog, it has a Skyhood suspension.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gorgeous. I'd have to say Masterati's come second only to Aston's in the looks department.
      • 3 Years Ago
      In the ever congested world of carbon fiber exotics, a GranCabrio/Turismo image never fails to bring a whiff of fresh air and tons of drool...wow.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, what a beauty!!!! Way better than the California
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oooh la la. Still one of the sexiest bodies Ive ever laid eyes on. The sound is even more glorious. Oh why must I be poor?!?!?!
        • 3 Years Ago
        See kids?! this is why you stay at school!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'll keep this in mind, I begin college this year.
      • 3 Years Ago
      More power? Why not? And I thought pure, unadulterated awesomeness couldn't be any better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as I'd live to see a atleast a revamp of their entire range these cars are so beautiful. Give a me a quattroporte GTS, and a Alfa 8C and I'd be in Italian heaven.




      No I take that back I don't want to be in Italian heaven.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gorgeous car.

      Needs 500 horsepower.
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