2018 Maserati GranCabrio Sport
The 2018 model-year marked a subtle but important upgrade for Maserati’s GranCabrio drop-top. The nose of the car was slightly restyled to give a more aggressive, modern look (not to mention to be friendlier to pedestrians) but, as with any classic, Maserati was very careful not to disrupt the visual flow of the stunning Pininfarina original.
Adapting to the Times
Inside, the MY18 version of the GranCabrio was revised with a bigger, information touch-screen, with extra connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard fitments. The control layout was also simplified with fewer individual buttons for a cleaner look and greater functionality. A reversing camera and Bi-Xenon headlights also became standard equipment at this point in time.
The Smooth Shift
Beneath the slightly modified skin, the GranCabrio continued on with the successful mechanical formula that included a Ferrari-sourced 4.7-litre V8 with a fantastic exhaust note. Except now it was even better with an active exhaust that by-passed the rear silencer when in Sport mode, allowing the V8 to emit the wail that marks all special engines. The smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission remained, maintaining the unruffled progress to which all good GT cars aspire. Maserati’s Skyhook adaptive suspension is the finishing touch to a platform that boasts real athleticism as well as true Grand Tourer comfort and genuine mile-eating ability.
This car features stunning black paint with a black, folding soft-top. The roof is actually triple-layered, too, ensuring it’s as thermally efficient as any other material. All that black is offset by the equally eye-catching white interior, complete with alloy pedals from the MC model, carbon-fibre-backed front seats and small but important details such as the carbon-fibre shift-paddles.
Features include: Aluminium MC pedals, Nero soft-top, carbon-fibre aero package, Trident headrests, carbon-fibre interior trim package, matt red brake calipers, 20-inch alloy wheels, carbon-fibre finish steering wheel, type-pressure monitoring, dual-zone climate-control, navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, keyless entry, adaptive dampers.