Geneva Motor Show preview: Maserati GranCabrio Sport

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Feb 22, 2011
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Maserati takes its grand-touring convertible to the next level by introducing the GranCabrio Sport, which will be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show next month.

Conceived as a harder-edged variant of the GranCabrio, the GranCabrio Sport is equipped with a more powerful and fuel-efficient version of the 4.7-liter V8 engine used in the standard model, which pushes power output to 450hp and 510Nm of torque to give the car a top speed of 285kph.

Despite the higher output, Maserati said engine is more fuel-efficient than the standard model, thanks to Maserati's Friction Reduction Program. This means the GranCabrio Sport engine is more reactive to the driver's inputs while the car's fuel consumption drops by six percent.

To help give the GranCabrio Sport a more dynamic feel, its six-speed ZF automatic transmission is equipped with the MC Auto Shift software. Developed for the model and derived from the transmission of the Quattroporte Sport GT S, it optimizes gearshift response. The GranCabrio Sport's handling has also been tweaked with its Skyhook active-suspension system upgraded and revised to exhibit a sportier setting while the adoption of grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs has boosted the car's stopping power.

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Making the GranCabrio Sport visually distinct from the standard model is the black grille adorned with a Trident with red accents. There's also the black look with white sidemarks on the headlights and the body-colored front corner splitters as well as the redesigned side skirts. The GranCabrio Sport also gets a new body color: the Rosso Trionfale, which is inspired by the red Italian national colors used on racing Maseratis of the 1950s.

The GranCabrio Sport will officially go on sale later this year.

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