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Old 08-24-2009, 09:04 AM   #1
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This is the Maserati GranTurismo convertible, which will go on sale next March after several years of revisions to the carís size and mechanical make-up.

The new car, called Maserati GranCabrio, is essentially a GranTurismo minus the roof rather than the shorter car that was originally developed.


That car formed the basis of the Ferrari California, retaining the first Maseratiís folding hard-top. The convertible Maserati now has a fabric roof instead, which will help to compensate for the extra bracing that engineers will have added to retain the carís stiffness.

That bracing will add weight, and with the GranTurismo S weighing in at 1880kg, the GranCabrio could get very close to two tonnes. As a result it uses the more powerful 4.7-litre V8 from the GranTurismo S, with 433bhp at 7000rpm and 362lb ft at 4750rpm. Maseratiís torque converter automatic gearbox will be available with paddle shifters.

Thereís no confirmation of performance from Maserati but expect it to be slightly slower than a GranTurismo S; it should crack 0-60mph in around 5.5sec and a top speed of around 180mph.

It retains the GranTurismoís four-seat interior and Maserati says it has the longest wheelbase of any convertible on the market. That should help to give it class-leading room for rear passengers.

The GranCabrio completes the three-car Maserati family, and will add volume to the companyís sales, especially in the US, which is a crucial market and likely to be the biggest source of sales of the new convertible.

The car will be unveiled at the Frankfurt show next month. Exact pricing hasnít been decided yet, but Maserati sources have told Autocar that it will cost up to 15 per cent more than the GranTurismo, putting the price at around £89,000
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:22 AM   #2
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Well, the Italians sure know how to build a convertible. Stunning.
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:02 AM   #3
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Pure Automotive Sex
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:05 AM   #4
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maserati has really been stepping it up with their designs
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:06 AM   #5
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Beautiful...
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:12 AM   #6
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This convertible is stunning... just like the GranTurismo coupe.
Too bad the rest of the Maserati lineup is just so hideously awful.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:13 AM   #7
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maserati has really been stepping it up with their designs
definitely... the quattroporte is an abortion of a car...


The GT however is HOT!!
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:47 PM   #8
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Wow that is beautiful. Needs more motor, though.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:54 PM   #9
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quattroporte is no abortion.

but yes, this is tre' sessy.
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My favorite car just became my favorite convertible as well..

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