The first examples of Maserati's four-seat GranCabrio convertible have landed in New Zealand
Maserati's four-door soft-top GranCabrio has landed in New Zealand.
The GranCabrio was even developed with New Zealand conditions in mind, with the folding roof having been weather-tested in the South Island. New Zealand also provided the conditions for the snow and ice calibration of the GranCabrio’s stability control system.
“Maserati has a long history of open top sports cars, but the GranCabrio is the first Maserati to extend this experience to four people,” says Glen Sealey, General Manager of Maserati Australia and New Zealand.
“But, the fact that this car offers four seats does not mean that it is any less a Maserati. Not only do the four occupants in a GranCabrio travel in the same luxury, comfort and exclusivity for which the GranTurismo and Quattroporte have become bywords, the GranCabrio offers the performance expected of a Maserati and, with the roof down, even more opportunities to enjoy orchestral sound track provided by the Maserati V8 engine.”
The hood of the Maserati GranCabrio sits on a frame with five cross bars, and with three different protection groups of layers, it reportedly remains stiff and flap free at speed. It folds down in just 20 seconds, a fully automatic process that can be controlled from both inside and outside the car. It may also be raised and lowed on the move up to 30 kmh, which takes 28 seconds. Acoording to Maserati, at 65 kg, the extra weight of the convertible has minimal affect on the performance of the car.
In addition to the hood, other features have been changed, including a ventilation system that adapts to the different requirements of roof up or roof down motoring, and an audio system that alters the sound balance depending on the position of the roof. There is also a new security system and a fitted luggage system for the boot and rear seat of the GranCabrio.
The drivetrain of the GranCabrio hasn't changed - the 90 degree V8 fitted to the GranCabrio has a capacity of 4.7 litres and develops 323 kW at 7000 rpm. Attached to this engine is a six speed automatic gearbox.
In terms of performance the dash to 100kmh takes in 5.3 seconds, and top speed is 283kmh.
Maserati offers nine million possible combinations of trim and colour, and the GranCabrio adds six different hood colours, two new leather interiors (Pearl Beige and Blu Profondità) and three new dashboard trims, Dark Chrome, Moonwood, and Carbalho.
“The array of abilities provided by the GranCabrio covers the full spectrum,” says Sealey. “Four people car travel in comfort, across the city or a continent, under conditions that demand the roof be down, or with security and peace of mind when conditions mean roof down motoring could not be further from consideration. It can be flung up a mountain pass or cruise down a freeway with equal aplomb, but wherever and however it is being driven; the Maserati GranCabrio is always a car that is equally captivating to drive or to see on the road.
The Maserati GranCabrio officially goes on sale on 1 July 2010, but more than 60% of the cars allocated for Australia and New Zealand already have owners. The recommended retail price excluding statutory charges and on road costs is $338,000 in both Australia and New Zealand.
Read the Autotrader review of the Maserati GranCabrio here.
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