2018 Maserati GranCabrio Sport
Combining high-end supercar performance with a laid-back, relaxed, topless driving experience is not normally a simple matter. But that’s exactly what Maserati managed in the GranCabrio; a proper four-seat convertible with modern dynamics and distinctly traditional sensibilities.
Traditional Ferrari Engine
When it’s more about the journey than the destination, cars like the GranCabrio really come into their own. The Maserati doesn’t rely on turbocharging to make its power, nor does it subscribe to the modern trend towards dual-clutch transmissions. Instead, it uses a normally-aspirated V8 with the most striking soundtrack around, combined with a six-speed conventional automatic gearbox to drive the rear wheels. Yes, it’s traditional stuff, but when you have Ferrari building the engine, ZF making the gearbox and Maserati heritage steering the whole project, it’s no wonder the result is so high-end.
A Quiet Maserati Experience
Even the convertible top pays homage to the grand tourers of decades past and, rather than the complex and heavy folding metal roof, the GranCabrio uses a folding cloth roof. Again, though, it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it, and the triple-layer roof is not only as quiet and a coupe, it’s also thermally very efficient as well.
Carbon Fibre Galore
This example of the GranCabrio has travelled very few kilometres and is presented in the classic white-on-black colour scheme (Bianco Eldorado paint over Nero leather, to be precise). It is also fitted with just about every carbon-fibre interior trim package imaginable and other interior touches such as aluminium pedals, and special stitching including Trident logos in the headrests.
Features include: Nero leather interior, carbon-fibre interior trim, special stitching, 10-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters, navigation, powered front seats, aluminium pedals, tyre-pressure monitoring system, electric front seats, automatic rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate-control, selectable drive modes, reversing camera, Harman Kardon sound system.