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Maserati GranCabrio

GranCabrio

Maserati logo1 Jul 2010

By HAITHAM RAZAGUI

Maserati’s first new convertible in almost a decade – and its first open-top four-seater ever – was released Down Under on July 1 2010.

The GranCabrio made do without the GranTurismo’s MC Shift automated manual transmission, instead mating a conventional six-speed automatic transmission to the same 4.7-litre V8 that powered the GranTurismo S.

The GranCabrio’s 90-degree Ferrari-derived 4.7-litre V8 offered the same 323kW at 7000rpm – along with 490Nm of torque at 4750rpm – as GT S.

A weight gain of 100kg over the GT S saw 0-100km/h acceleration increase four-tenths to 5.3 secondsClaimed top speed was 283km/h (274km/h with the roof down) and combined average fuel consumption was a thirsty 15.4 litres per 100km, with average CO2 emissions topping 350 grams per kilometre.

The soft-top could stow fully automatically in 20 seconds also be closed in 28 seconds at speeds of up to 30km/h.

Maserati maintained exclusivity by building just 2000 GranCabrios per year.

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