The GranCabrio is the convertible version of the GranTurismo S Automatic. It comes with a foldable canvas roof. The GranCabrio is the configured GranTurismo Coupe with four seats which is the first four-seater convertible of the Maserati series.
The GranCabrio was presented at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany where production started in 2010. It was established at the Viale Ciro Menotti Maserati factory. It was sold in the European market in February 2010 and in the United States in March. It was estimated to make sales of 2,100 units in 2010 where two-thirds were meant to come from the United States.
In 2012, it was planned that the GranCabrio get a facelift, however the facelift were minor. One of the modifications it received was changing the 4.7-liter to 4.2-liter engine in order to increase the models’ sales.
One of the unique features of the GranCabrio is its soft top fabric. It is designed with sophistication and technology which upholds the Maserati tradition. The rear lights are triangular in shape and it comprise a 96 LED light with a big aerodynamic diffuser which showcase its special features. Making the exteriors luminous is the chrome plated details. The radiator grilles and door handles are not chrome covered. It has a large engine hood and the dynamic side view makes it stand out.
The GranCabrio is considerably longer which is beneficial since it is a convertible with wider legroom for adult passengers. This provides comfort to the passengers. Being a convertible, the wide space is useful for the roof mechanism. The back seats are placed inwards and a bit raised which is beneficial for a convertible.
The air flow within the car is well maintained especially when the roof is lowered. The speed just have to be controlled when the roof is lowered for the sake of the passengers on the back seat.
The interiors of a GranCabrio is covered in leather and wood with a prominent 7.0 touchscreen infotainment system. The front seats are sportier which is adjustable for more comfort.
Technology & Safety Features
The Maserati has its own stability program (MSP) which is one of the marks of the Maserati. Going through rigid tests, the brand uses sensors that allow riders better handling and good grip on the vehicle. An example is a skid can be detected. The MSP or the Maserati Stability Program automatically reduce the engine torque and activate the brakes with different inputs. This is to restore the vehicle’s stability in milliseconds.
Every variant offers the TPMS or the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. In case a tire goes under-inflated, the driver is warned through an illumination in the cabin. Air bags, including side airbags are integrated.
Night visibility is not a problem with the Adaptive Light Control. The system allows light to move according to the location where the vehicle is moving. During the day, LED lights are used. A rear-view camera is available for drivers to get a good view of his surroundings especially when running on reverse.
It also includes other functions like the EBD or Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, ASR or Anti Slip Regulation and Engine Brake Torque that keeps the wheels from sliding especially on low-grip roads. An ABA or Advanced Brake Assist System that detects when emergency brakes are needed.
The Maserati has its own stability program or the MSP that works with the Anti Slip Regulation or ASR together with the ABS or Anti-lock Brake System that stops the wheels from getting stuck during hard brakes. Thanks to the HBA or the Hydraulic Braking System which makes the braking system working in tip-top condition.
Platform & Chassis
The GranCabrio came from the M139 platform which is a fifth generation of the Quattroporte, but with a shortened wheelbase which is about 12cm or 4.7 inches. The rear overhang is 8cm or 3.1 inches.
For the chassis, it is made of boxed and stamped steel segments and is suited by aluminum sub-frames: the one is placed in from to support the engine and to provide suspension. The other is tubular situated at the back to support suspension and differential. The body is structured with steel, the bonnet is made of aluminum and the boot cover is made of sheet moulding compound.
For the suspension system, it is composed of unequal length control arms with shaped aluminum arms and cast aluminum, coil springs and anti-roll bars for both axles. The shock absorbers can come as fixed or is set up for a system that controls the movement of the vehicle while in motion. This is called the Skyhook system. It uses aluminum-bodied gas shock absorber for automatic shock rate adjustment.
Engine & Drivetrain
Because of the basic feature of a GranCabrio as a continent-crossing vehicle is its sturdy and powerful engine. It produces 460 hp, 520 Nm torque and 7,500 rpm. The GranCabrio can reach 100 km/h or 62 mph starting in 5.0 and 4.9 seconds. It can reach up to 288 km/h or 179 mph and 291 km/h or 181 mph.
The mentioned speed is reached because of a ZF six-speed MC Auto Shift gear box. It works on Auto Normal, Auto Sport, Manual-Normal, Manual Sport and ICE modes. This allows a wide range of driving style. The shifts are smooth and pops and burbles are music to the ears of motor sport lovers.