• Apr 14, 2011
Maserati GranCabrio by Novitec Tridente – Click above for high-res image gallery

Call the Maserati GranCabrio a slouch and you're bound to get yourself a mouth full of exhaust and a nose full of burnt rubber. To wit, when Maserati launched the droptop a few years back, it opted to skip the 400-horsepower V8 from the base GranTurismo and go straight for the more powerful 4.7 with its 434 prancing stallions (the engine is, after all, made by Ferrari). As if that weren't enough,power was upped to a solid 450 with the GranCabrio Sport, just unveiled last month in Geneva. But for those who think that still isn't enough, there's Novitec Tridente.

The Maserati tuning division of the German tuning house, Novitec Tridente has turned its attention to the GranCabrio – known in North America as the GranTurismo Convertible – with a series of upgrades. The most prominent of them is a supercharger, which, along with the intercooler and ECU remap, drives output up to a prodigious 590 horsepower and 422 pound-feet of torque.

There's also a stainless steel exhaust, sport suspension, upgraded rolling stock and a carbon fiber aero kit with front splitter, rear apron, bootlid spoiler and side skirts. The entire conversion will set you back $28,000 on top of the $136k purchase price of a new GranTurismo Convertible, and is claimed to up the top speed to 187 mph, hitting 0-62 in 4.5 seconds from a standstill. But with that much muscle, we wouldn't be surprised if that were the understatement that this exotic Italian cabriolet is most certainly not.



[Source: Novitec Tridente via CarScoop]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Very nice and not over the top.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They didn't mess with perfection. They just made it faster.

        My only qualm is that I hope the blower won't dilute the legendary Maserati engine sound, which is fortunately more audible without a roof.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...except that its not drastically different looking than the original Mas, and its got WAAAAAY more horsepower.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mansory should take notes, this is how tuning grand touring machines should be done!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sexy beast!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kind of catfish-y in the grille, but somehow it just works brilliantly. It took watching a 10-minute review of the new GranTurismo to really come around to liking that face, but now I simply can't get enough! Embrace the sexy catfish.

      What's the word on curb weight? Here's to hoping it's not much heavier than the GranTurismo, because that car itself is quite hefty. And here's to doubting they did because a 4.5 sec 0-62 time with 590 hp sounds like Usain Bolt running the 200 in a sumo suit.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The front looks like a Porsche-Aston Martin-Jaguar abomination.
      • 3 Years Ago
      man those rims really set it off, especially with the black top; great lines on the car too!!...... now, let me find my wallet....... and to find that monopoly money ive been collecting over the years...... now to convince them its real money....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I the only one that reads these Novitec press releases about supercharged Ferrari's/Masers, then goes into the pictures, and notices there ISN'T a supercharger?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perhaps the sexiest front fender lines in the business, currently. Cant... stop... staring!