After stunning the world with the Maserati GranCabrio at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Maserati is using the 2011 Geneva Motor Show to take its grand-touring convertible to a new level of performance and handling with the introduction of the Maserati GranCabrio Sport.
Maserati has saturated the Maserati GranCabrio with both performance and luxury refinements both inside the cabin and underneath its award-winning body panels to create the new GranCabrio Sport.
Conceived to give the Maserati GranCabrio a harder-edged model to sit alongside the Maserati GranTurismo S and the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S, the Maserati GranCabrio Sport uses a more powerful and fuel-efficient version of Maserati's all-alloy 4.7-litre V8.
This configuration of the naturally aspirated engine produces 331 kW (450 horsepower and has 510Nm at the peak of its rich, thick torque curve. Maserati's Friction Reduction Program has made the Maserati GranCabrio Sport's engine more reactive to the driver's most-nuanced inputs thanks to a revision of the oil sump's fluid dynamics and the Diamond-Like Coating of the tappets and the camshaft lobes, while achieving a further 6% reduction in fuel consumption. The top speed of the Maserati GranCabrio Sport is 285 km/h and the 0-100 km/h sprint is now reduced to 5.2s.
This six-speed automatic transmission includes the super-fast MC Auto Shift software and has been developed for the Maserati GranCabrio Sport directly from the transmission in the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S.
Like in the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S, the MC Auto Shift gives the driver even-greater engagement by further improving gearshift response, and introducing a digital in-dash display to indicate the ideal gear-shift timing.
The handling has received attention, too, with an upgrade and revision of the Skyhook active-suspension system to give it sportier tuning, and the adoption of grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs.
The mechanical changes also include a revised exhaust system which automatically opens its bypass valves in Sport mode to provide an even richer sound and a shorter exhaust path.
Visually, the Maserati GranCabrio Sport is characterised by a more-pronounced dynamic look. This look begins at the Maserati 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 dynamic look is finished with redesigned 20" Trident-like Astro-design wheels and a pair of black oval exhaust tips.
The look is carried over inside the open-topped cabin with a new seat design and driver-focused contents such as longer Trofeo-design gear-shift paddles and drilled aluminium pedals.
The Maserati GranCabrio Sport also debuts a new body colour for Maserati: Rosso Trionfale, inspired by the red 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.
Inside the cabin, two new leather colours are available for the new M-design seats: Bianco Pregiato, a brilliant ivory shade; and Grigio Chrono, a sporty, dark tone of grey.
The Maserati GranCabrio Sport will be on sale in all of Maserati's 62 markets starting from the Summer 2011.Published 1 March 2011