2011 Maserati GranCabrio Sport

2011 Maserati GranCabrio Sport

2011 Maserati GranCabrio Sport

Modena, February 21, 2011. After stunning the world with the GranCabrio at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Maserati will use the 2011 Geneva Motor Show to take its grand-touring convertible to a new level of performance and handling with the GranCabrio Sport.

Conceived to give the GranCabrio a harder-edged model to sit alongside the GranTurismo S and the Quattroporte Sport GT S, the GranCabrio Sport uses a more powerful and fuel-efficient version of Maserati’s, all-alloy 4.7-litre V8, coupled with the ZF six-speed automatic transmission.

This naturally aspirated engine produces in this configuration 331 kW (450 horsepower) and has 510 Nm at the peak of its rich, thick torque curve. Maserati’s Friction Reduction Program has made the GranCabrio Sport’s engine more reactive to the driver’s most-nuanced inputs, while reaching a 6% reduction in fuel consumption. The top speed of the GranCabrio Sport is 285 km/h.

This six-speed transmission is equipped with the super-fast MC Auto Shift software and has been developed for the GranCabrio Sport directly from the transmission in the Quattroporte Sport GT S. The MC Auto Shift provides optimised gearshift response resulting in an even-greater engagement.

The handling has received attention, too, with an upgrade and revision of the Skyhook active-suspension system – now with a sportier tuning – and the adoption of grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs.

Visually, the GranCabrio Sport is characterised by a more-pronounced dynamic look. This look begins at the GranCabrio’s distinctive nose with a black grille and a Trident with red accents. The headlights now have a black look with white sidemarks, while front corner splitters and the redesigned side skirts are both body coloured. The GranCabrio Sport also debuts a new body colour for Maserati: Rosso Trionfale inspired by the red Italian national colours used on 1950s racing Maseratis – in 1957, Juan Manuel Fangio won his fifth F1 World Title at the wheel of a red Maserati 250F.

The GranCabrio Sport will be on sale in all of Maserati’s 62 markets starting from summer 2011.

Story by Maserati S.p.A.

In Detail

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type Series Production Car
released at 2011 Geneva Motor Show
built at Modena, Italy
body stylist Jason Castriota
coachbuilder Pininfarina
engine 90° V8
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Aluminum
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Electronic Injection
displacement 4691 cc / 286.26 in³
bore 94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke 84.5 mm / 3.3 in
power 331 kw / 443.9 bhp
specific output 94.63 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 224.19 bhp per tonne
torque 510 nm / 376.2 ft lbs
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels RWD
front brakes Ventilated Discs
rear brakes Ventilated Discs
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Sachs CDC Dampers
r suspension Multi-Link w/Sachs CDC Dampers
curb weight 1980 kg / 4366 lbs
weight distro 48 % / 52 %
wheelbase 2942 mm / 115.8 in
front track 1586 mm / 62.4 in
rear track 1590 mm / 62.6 in
length 4881 mm / 192.2 in
width 1915 mm / 75.4 in
height 1353 mm / 53.3 in
transmission ZF 6-speed Automatic MC-Shift Semi-Automatic
top speed ~285 kph / 176.98 mph
fuel capacity 75 litres or 19.80 gal.