Maserati GranCabrio 4.7 Review
Italy's next topless model

Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang
6 Jul 2010
 

Only the Italians can give us a four seat convertible that looks and feels as evocative and passionate as the Maserati GranCabrio.

If looks could kill

When it comes to cars, you would associate meticulous engineering with the German brands. It's quirkiness when it comes to French automobiles, robustness and reliability for Japanese cars and value-for-money for Korean. For style though, the Italians are indisputable.

Italy makes the most stylish and beautiful cars in the world, there's no doubt about that. Scrutinize the lines and curves on a Ferrari or an Alfa Romeo and somehow you'll feel that there's a lot of passion and emotion involved in their design process. Italian cars are an art form or you can even call them automotive sculptures. When have anyone said that any Italian car was ungainly looking (other than the Fiat Multipla of course)? Past Italian style icons like the original Alfa Romeo Spider and GT Junior, Lancia Stratos, Fiat 124 Spider, countless Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis are till revered and inspirations to the best of car designers these days.

Te formidable Italians have also proved that they have not lost their stylistic passion in recent times - the Fiat 500, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and Maserati GranTurismo are just some of the recent models that will join the ever-growing list of Italian design classics.

The GranTurismo, especially in S variant, had everything on paper for the perfect GT - gorgeous looks, a luxurious interior that seats four, a sweet sounding V8 with over 440bhp and last but not least, the evocative Trident badge. Take a drive it and you'll feel the Maserati sporting spirit, the soul and the sense of occasion behind the wheel.

Maserati has recently introduced a topless version of the GranTurismo, the GranCabrio. The new model replaces the old Spyder and is the first ever four-seater convertible model from the Trident.

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 4691cc
Engine Type V 8
Power 440bhp @ 7000rpm
Torque 490Nm @ 4750rpm
Power to Weight 222.2 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 5.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 283 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 6.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR

Measurements

Body Type Cabriolet
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4,881 x 1,915 x 1,353) mm
Wheelbase 2,942 mm
Kerb Weight 1980 kg

Brakes