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It is: Four-seater sports coupé as­sem­bled at Maserati’s Mo­dena fac­tory. The body is made by ITCA in Turin, then painted by Fer­rari at its Maranello HQ. The 4.7-litre, 434 bhp V8, with some Fer­rari lin­eage, is built to Maserati spec­i­fi­ca­tion by Fer­rari. Sixspeed pad­dle-shift au­to­matic gear­box and Sport but­ton which re­sets the gearchange, ac­cel­er­a­tor re­sponse, sta­bil­ity and ex­haust flow.

Top speed: 183mph, with 0-62mph in five sec­onds.

Eco: Car­bon diox­ide emis­sions are 385g/km and av­er­age con­sump­tion is 17.2mpg. Best on test: 21.6mpg.

Price: £86,765 which in­cludes nav­i­ga­tion, 20 inch wheels, leather in­te­rior, power front seats, NavTrak re­cov­ery sys­tem, rear park­ing sen­sors, Maserati de­sign dash­board time­piece, Sky­hook adap­tive sus­pen­sion, rain sen­sors, xenon ac­tive head­lamps with, choice of in­te­rior trim pan­els in wood or syn­thetic, 10 leather colours, eight car­pet colours etc. Length: 192 inches (4.88m). Weight: 1880kg. Op­tions: Metal­lic paint from £552 to £5,288 for pearles­cent; space­saver spare wheel £588; tyre-pres­sure dis­play £588, plus var­i­ous car­bon-fi­bre com­po­nents. Also of­fered with au­to­mated man­ual gears, at £90,455, or as a six-speed au­to­matic with a 399bhp, 4.2litre V8 and re­duced equip­ment, at £80,450.

Gran Cabrio: A con­vert­ible ver­sion with the 4.7-litre en­gine and ZF au­to­matic gears cost­ing £96,175. For­mat as for the coupé with four seats but a smaller boot though you could use the hood stor­age area when the roof is up.The 0-62mph time is 5.3 sec­onds with a max­i­mum of 175mph.

Econ­omy: 18.5mpg and 354g/km.

Roof: Fully au­to­matic op­er­a­tion in 28 sec­onds from in­side the car or by in­sert­ing the key in the door lock. Triple layer roof, weigh­ing 65kg, with six colour choices. Op­er­ates at speeds be­low 19mph.

Ver­dicts: These Maser­atis are cov­eted and cov­etable. The re­sponse of other mo­torists, cy­clists, bik­ers, hik­ers, vig­i­lant car-park peo­ple, ev­ery­one, val­i­dates the suc­cess of the de­sign. Much as I like open cars, I pre­ferred the dy­nam­ics of the coupé. It is 100kg lighter, han­dled bet­ter, braked more ef­fi­ciently – in com­par­i­son af­ter the coupé, the Cabrio felt un­der-braked. The Cabrio also has some struc­tural noises over moor­land ter­rain but if you want to make a grand ar­rival in sunny weather, there is noth­ing at this price to match the Cabrio, and you get even more of the ex­haust sounds.

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