Another sleek Italian
IT is difficult to improve upon perfection but Maserati has done just that with its latest showstopper.
The Modena-based thoroughbred carmaker has lifted the wraps off the GranCabrio.
Based on the GranTurismo S, the convertible is the company’s first four-seater soft-top. The sleek newcomer makes its world debut at this month’s Frankfurt motor show and arrives here in the third quarter of next year.
Edward Rowe, a spokesman for Maserati importer Ateco Automotive Ltd, says customers are already queueing for the car.
‘‘We have a list of people who have seen the spyshots and they have expressed an interest,’’ he says. And the cost? Rowe says the price is yet to be confirmed by Maserati but ‘‘it will have a margin above the GranTurismo’’, which will mean somewhere well north of $300,000.
In true Italian fashion, Maserati has gone against current thinking by making the GranCabrio a canvas soft-top instead of an electrically folding tin-top design favoured by other Continental carmakers.
The company says this allows for a full four-seater capacity, good luggage space in the boot and also helps emphasise a link with past open-top Maserati convertibles.
The GranCabrio joins some classic models that have played an important part in the Modena carmaker’s illustrious history.
This includes the 1950 A6G Frua Spyder, 1960 3500GT Vignale Spyder, 1964 Mistral Spyder, 1968 Ghibli Spyder and Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed Spyder in 2001.
The arrival of the GranCabrio brings the Maserati model count to three, including the Quattroporte and GranTurismo.
True to its heritage, the GranCabrio will feature a high-quality leather interior and sophisticated rollover safety gear under its flushfitting tonneau cover.
The convertible shares its 323kW/490Nm 4.7 litre V8 with the GranTurismo, which should ensure more than adequate performance.