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Old 02-21-2011, 05:19 AM   #1
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This is Maserati’s more focused version of its drop-top GranTurismo, the GranCabrio Sport.
Set for a public debut at next week’s Geneva show, the GranCabrio Sport is designed “to give the car a harder-edged model to sit alongside the GranTurismo S and the Quattroporte GT S,” according to Maserati.

The firm has issued few technical details, but it says the car gets a “more responsive” version of the GranCabrio’s 4.7-litre V8 powerplant. That could mean the car will get the same spec of motor as the 442bhp GranTurismo MC Stradale, because the regular GranCabrio already gets the more powerful version of the powerplant that’s also used in the GranTurismo S.
The GranCabrio Sport features ZF’s six-speed automatic transmission, tuned to the same software version as that used in the Quattroporte Sport GT S for faster shifts. The car’s Skyhook suspension system also gets an upgrade, along with the brake discs.

Visually the GranCabrio Sport gets a black grille and red accents in the Maserati Trident badge, revised headlights and body-coloured front-corner splitters and a new design of side skirts.
Maserati expects the GranCabrio Sport to arrive in the UK in September. Pricing has yet to be announced, but it could nudge £110k.







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Old 02-21-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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Less ugly than usual, but the grill still looks like a whale shark.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:19 AM   #3
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I think these are beautiful DD's - not quite DBS pretty, but pretty close for 100K less. You need some gray hair to own one though...
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:22 AM   #4
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Nah, I'd still own one.


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Wait, I have some grey hair. Perfect!
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:37 AM   #5
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Nah, I'd still own one.


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Wait, I have some grey hair. Perfect!
Exactly, I'm about 40% gray now, but still resisting old man cars - won't be long though...
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:31 PM   #6
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Friend of mine, gray hair of course, has a regular GT.



It's interior is unbelievable. But I prefer the solid roof compared to the drop top.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:03 PM   #7
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Exactly, I'm about 40% gray now, but still resisting old man cars - won't be long though...


I'm 34, but definitely have some silver coming through. My wife enjoys pointing it out.

Definitely a nice car. But, much more aligned with my budget, I'd be quite happy with an S2000.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:45 PM   #8
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I dont know why, but I just cant get into Maserati. I have tried to like them, just cant for some reason.
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:19 AM   #9
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I know some people will roll their eyes, but everytime I see/hear/read of a Maserati, I just think - well, it's not a Ferrari.
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I know exactly how you feel.
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Maserati is Ferrari for those who don't want to go all out all the time.
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