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Maserati has served up its first four-seat cabrio, and it is gran bellisimo ...

Maserati logo29 Jun 2010

MASERATI says its third distinct model, the new GranCabrio convertible, is much more than a soft-topped version of its scintillating GranTurismo coupe. Backing the claim are extensive body strengthening measures that add just 100kg, cabrio-specific audio and climate-control systems and unique safety systems including twin pop-up rear rollover hoops and new seat-mounted side/thorax airbags. There’s no shame in admitting the four-seater GranCabrio, which is leagues ahead of the decade-old two-seater Spyder models it belatedly replaces, is in fact a Spyder version of the GranTurismo, because the GT is an accomplished two-door flagship for the historic Italian sportscar marque. It’s not cheap at $338,000, but a relatively slender $20K premium over the equivalent 4.7-litre GranTurismo S coupe is icing on one of the sexiest, exclusive treats in motoring.
Model release date: 1 June 2010

Previous model

Gransport Spyder

Released: March 2006
Ended: March 2008
Family Tree: GranCabrio

THE last Maserati convertible available in Australia was the Gransport Spyder sold here for two years from March 2006. Powered by a 295kW version of the 4.2-litre V8 that powered the original 287kW Spyder, launched in Australia in late 2001, the Gransport Spyder also came with more aggressive styling, reworked suspension and 19-inch wheels and tyres. Fitted a standard with Maserati’s CambioCorsa semi-automatic transmission, it was priced at $260,000.

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