The New Maserati GranCabrio Sport

A convertible with true Italian character.

Since it was introduced, the Maserati GranCabrio has been known for the superb balance of sport and luxury that it provided. The Italian automaker looks to build on the convertible’s formula for success by adding even more athleticism in the new GranCarbio Sport. The new Sport convertible joins the GranTurismo S and Quattroporte GT S as the top performance models in the Maserati lineup, with its faster transmission, more aggressive bodywork, dynamic suspension, and fiery V-8 ready to shred the rear tires.

The new Maserati GranCabrio Sport is the most potent model in the GranCabrio range. The sleek and sexy exterior styling of the convertible was given subtle upgrades by Maserati designers to preserve the attractive appearance. The entire car can be dressed in a new Rosso Trionfale red paint that pays homage to the championship Maserati racers of the 1950s. The front fascia has been transformed with a new black grille, corner splitters, black look headlights with white reflectors, and red accents on the Trident logo. New side skirts help optimize airflow around the car and a black Shadow Line accentuates the athletic nature of the convertible.

Along with the muscular styling of the Sport comes a more dynamic chassis. New nine-spoke 20-inch Astro-design Maserati wheels add a more sinister touch to the GranCabrio Sport. Behind the wheels sit upgraded brakes that feature a grooved design to prevent the buildup of brake dust and ensure uniform wear. The Skyhook suspension system that was used on the base GranCabrio was also retuned to provide precise handling. The Sport Skyhook system utilizes sensors to analyze different variables while driving and adjusts suspension components accordingly to deliver maximum performance without sacrificing ride quality. In addition to the upgraded suspension management system, Maserati also installed new springs and anti-roll bars.

Under the hood of the new Maserati GranCabrio Sport sits a potent 4.7-liter V-8 engine with a provocative exhaust note. The alloy engine has undergone the Maserati Friction Reduction Program that gives the engine improved oil sump fluid dynamics and gives the tappets and super-finished camshaft lobes a Diamond-Like Coating. The new program makes the engine more responsive and reduces fuel consumption by six percent. The improved 4.7-liter engine produces 450 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 376 lb-ft. of torque, with eighty-percent of the torque available at only 2,500 RPM. That exhilarating exhaust note gets even better with the addition of a valve-controlled exhaust system that allows drivers to choose between a number of different volume settings.

The new GranCabrio Sport is the first model to mate the fully-automatic six-speed transmission to the 450-horsepower 4.7-liter V-8 engine. The new transmission was used in the Quattroporte GT S and developed for use in the GranCabrio Sport. The six-speed automatic features a lightning-fast MC Auto Shift and has five different shift modes that range from the driver-oriented Manual-Sport to the mundane Auto-Normal. In Manual Sport the transmission is programmed to hold onto gears even if the rev-limiter is reached. The new engine and quick-shifting transmission will be able to rocket the convertible to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h).

Inside, the Maserati GranCabrio Sport treats passengers with a host of exclusive luxury amenities and features. Maserati has developed two new leather colors: a pure white Bianco Pregiato, and a dark grey Grigio Chrono that was designed to complement the new Rosso Trionfale exterior paint. Both of the front seats feature adjustable lumbar support while all four seats are fitted with M-Design seat stitching and Trident embossed headrests. Customers can pick from 13 different stitching colors to contrast the interior leather package for an individual appearance. For a more thrilling experience for the driver, Maserati has installed new drilled aluminum pedals, longer steering wheel-mounted Active Shifting paddles from the Trofeo racecar, and a GranCabrio Sport badge on the passenger side dashboard.

The new Maserati GranCabrio Sport can be equipped with a number of exclusive options to create a one-of-a-kind automobile. The MC Sport Line packages will be available along with Shiny Anthracite Grey finished wheels, body colored Shadow Line, and exterior chrome trim. The GranCabrio Sport will be available as a 2012 model. Pricing has not been officially released.

Maserati GranCabrio Sport Specifications

Layout: Front-mid-engine, rear-drive
Displacement: 4.7 liters (4691cc)
Number of Cylinders: V8
Power: 450hp (331kW) @ 7000 RPM
Torque: 376 lb-ft. (510Nm) @ 4750 RPM
Bore x Stroke: 94mm x 84.5mm
Compression Ratio:11.25:1
Maximum Engine Speed: 7200 RPM
Oil Delivery: Wet sump
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 5.2 seconds
Top SpeedL 177 mph (285km/h)

Type: Six-speed automatic (ZF 6HP26) with MC Auto Shift
Drive: Rear-wheel
Differential: Asymmetric limited-slip (25% in traction, 45% in release) with bevel drive

Weight Distribution (roof closed): 49% front/51% rear
Weight Distribution (roof open):48%/52%
Brakes: 360mm front discs, 330mm rear discs
Tires: 245/35 ZR20 (front); 285/35 ZR20 (rear)

Maserati GranCabrio Sport Gallery

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[Source: Maserati]

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