The upcoming Geneva Auto Show will see the debut of the new Maserati GranCabrio Sport. It follows the arrival of the GranCabrio at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, which has now been taken to a new level of performance and handling.
Conceived to give the GranCabrio a harder-edge 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-liter V8, coupled with the ZF six-speed automatic transmission. This naturally aspirated engine produces 450hp and 375 lb-ft at the peak of its thick torque curve.
Maserati’s Friction Reduction Program has made the GranCabrio Sport’s engine more reactive to the driver’s inputs, while reaching a 6% reduction in fuel consumption. The top speed of the GranCabrio Sport is 177mph.
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 optimized 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 sportier tuning – and the adoption of grooved and drilled dual-cast brake rotors. Visually, the GranCabrio Sport is characterized by a more dynamic look. This begins at the distinctive nose with a black grille and Trident logo with red accents. The headlights have a black look with white side markers, while front corner splitters and redesigned side skirts are both body-colored.
The GranCabrio Sport also debuts a new body color for Maserati: Rosso Trionfale, inspired by Italy’s national red 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 from summer 2011.