“The Maserati GranCabrio Sport represents Maserati’s technology at its finest,” says Glen Sealey, General Manager of Maserati in Australia and New Zealand. “It is faster, yet uses less fuel; it is significantly more responsive, yet boasts lower emissions; it is sharper and more responsive yet is as comfortable and refined to drive as would be expected of a Maserati, not to mention, it is even better looking. In short, the GranCabrio Sport may have arrived just in time for summer, its natural habitat, but its breadth of abilities, the sharpness of its skills and its elegant, yet aggressive styling means that the pleasure of driving a Maserati GranCabrio Sport is a true year-round experience.”
With more power, a faster gearshift and a distinctively aggressive look, the GranCabrio Sport has given Maserati a harder-edged convertible to sit alongside the GranTurismo S and the Quattroporte Sport GT S as the performance flagships of their respective ranges.
Unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the GranCabrio Sport combines an upgraded 4.7-litre V8 engine with eight extra kilowatts, lifting engine output to 331 kW, torque is boosted by 20 Nm to 510 Nm and fuel economy is boosted by friction reducing technology, while the faster MC Auto Shift transmission enables full use of this new performance is more accessable.
With a 285 km/h top speed and a 0-100 km/h sprint of just 5.2 seconds, the GranCabrio Sport is brimming with performance and luxury refinements both inside the cabin and underneath its award-winning body panels. As well as added power, torque and responsiveness, the Friction Reduction Program that has provided the power and torque boost has also lowered the GranCabrio Sport’s fuel consumption by six percent to a combined total of 14.5 litres/100 km.
Its six-speed transmission includes a super-fast MC Auto Shift mode and has been developed for the GranCabrio Sport directly from the transmission in the Quattroporte Sport GT S.
The handling has been enhanced for greater speed, too, with an upgrade and revision of the Skyhook active-suspension system and the adoption of a more-responsive brake package.
Visually, the GranCabrio Sport is characterized by a more-pronounced dynamic look. This look begins with the GranCabrio’s distinctive nose and continues with a host of small, perfectly integrated changes throughout the body and the interior.
The Maserati GranCabrio Sport is available now in Australia with a recommended retail price of $338,000 excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and delivery and $320,000 in New Zealand excluding dealer costs and delivery.