Every feature of the GranCabtio is a masterpiece of Italian design.
Every drive a unique Maserati experience.
Uniquely, the Grand Touring is at the heart of every single Maserati.
The original concept was enticingly simple. It involved fitting a sophisticated race car engine into a luxurious, handcrafted sedan. Seamlessly combining these two worlds was, of course, far from simple. Yet it is exactly what Maserati did in 1947 with the A6 1500 GT Pininfarina and some years later with the 3500GT prototype: “The White Dame”. Such power had never been so beautifully packaged and delivered – opening up all kinds of new, long-distance possibilities.
A true GranCabrio needs a grand-scale engine – with continentcrossing capabilities and a ruthless streak, as and when you need it. Which is where the Ferrari-built 4.7-litre V8 comes in.
This compact and lightweight powerplant is fitted to all GranCabrio models, develops 460hp, 520Nm of torque and revs to an impressive 7,500rpm. It also makes extensive use of motor sport-derived technology for race-grade resistance to high dynamic loads while maintaining exceptional refinement.
The GranCabrio Sport and GranCabrio MC reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standing start in 5.0 and 4.9 seconds respectively. Top speeds are 288km/h (179mph) and 291km/h (181mph).
All this power finds its way to the road via a ZF six-speed MC Auto Shift gearbox. This operates in Auto-Normal, Auto-Sport, Manual-Normal, Manual-Sport and ICE modes. These offer a wide range of driving styles. Not only does this smooth out the transition, the pops and burbles are also a joy to the ears of any motor sport aficionado.
Near-perfect front-to-rear weight distribution – with a marginal rearward bias – has always been a Maserati hallmark.
This is achieved with the GranCabrio models, in customary style, by locating the V8 just behind the front axle.
Out on the open road – or on the race track – this delivers a world of benefits. They include naturally balanced handling, optimum grip, great steering feedback and precise directional stability.
A double wishbone suspension set-up, hydraulic steering – rather than a less engaging electro-mechanical system – Brembo brakes and a sophisticated mechanical limited slip differential also contribute in these vital areas.
The GranCabrio Sport offers Sport Skyhook damping, which constantly adapts its settings to suit the road conditions (optional for GranCabrio MC). Normal is a day-to-day configuration that still, nonetheless, maintains the essential dynamic involvement you would expect of a Maserati. Sport, meanwhile, provides a far more direct and firmly set up driving experience.
An all-new Infotainment system for all GranCabrio models includes a high-resolution 8.4’’ Maserati Touch Control Plus unit (MTC+) that allows simple and intuitive control of features such as audio, navigation and comfort functions.
There is also a user-friendly rotary controller in the central console and the system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions.
MTC+ can be operated in three ways: via the touch-screen, the rotary controller or Siri voice command. The system’s menus have options to configure the car’s main settings and menus are readily accessible through the icons displayed at the bottom of the touch-screen. Other highlights include a handy mobile phone storage compartment containing an SD card reader, a USB socket and an aux-in port.
This allows the user to play music, watch films or even view images. Bluetooth connectivity, meanwhile, is standard.
Driving, or being driven in, a Maserati is a uniquely rousing experience. So it’s only fitting that the vehicle has an audio system always perfectly in tune with the mood – whether you’re driving hard or soaking up the miles on the trip of a lifetime. This comes in the shape of new premium audio systems from worldclass audio innovator Harman Kardon – tailor-made for the interiors of the GranCabrio. The GranCabrio system features 11 high-quality speakers, while there are 10 on the Coupé powered by a Class-D 12-channel 900-watt amplifier. It features AuraVoc sound tuning and Harman Kardon sound processing technologies: these are exceptionally advanced packages that deliver distortion-free and detail-rich listening enjoyment in all four seats.
As for accessing the rear seats, the Easy Entry system makes life particularly easy. Both front seats slide forward and back electrically, giving plenty of room whether passengers are getting into or out of the car. Two individually profiled rear seats, along with class-leading head and legroom, a central pull-down armrest, two cupholders, courtesy lights and a pair of climate control vents also ensure excellent comfort.
ENGINES & PERFORMANCE
|Displacement (cc)||4691 cc|