Maserati’s GranCabrio is the latest recipient of the company’s all-alloy 444 bhp 4.7-litre V8 engine, which is already used to power the GranTurismo S and Quattroporte Sport GT S saloon.
Combined with the ZF six-speed automatic transmission the GranCabrio Sport uses a more powerful and fuel-efficient version of Maserati’s, all-alloy 4.7-litre V8 – up 10 bhp and 20 Nm (510 Nm @4,750 rpm) on the standard 4.7-litre GranCabrio.
Maserati’s Friction Reduction Program has made the GranCabrio Sport’s engine more reactive to the driver’s inputs, while achieving 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 used in the Quattroporte Sport GT S. The MC Auto Shift is said to provide an optimised gearshift response resulting in an even-greater driver engagement.
The GranCabrio’s handling has received some 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 discs.
Visually, the GranCabrio Sport is characterised by a 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 which is 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 available in all markets from summer 2011.