2009 Maserati GranCabrio review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 , 07:09:37 byAlina

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Maserati GranCabrio

Maserati developed the GranCabrio, the first 4-seat convertible the carmaker has ever built and it will presented to the world at the Frankfurt International Auto Show. The Maserati GranCabrio touches all five senses in an open-air experience that retains all the typical comfort and performance. This model was developed for the true connoisseurs. It opens a new chapter, because never before have four-seat top-down models been produced at the Viale Ciro Menotti Maserati factory in Modena. There are four proper seats, so that the rear passengers are not merely supporting actors, but co-stars of the journey. Under the hood, the Maserati GranCabrio hides a 4.7-liter V8 engine that sends the power to the wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. In Sport mode, the V8 produces 323 kW with a thrilling roar that becomes even more exciting with the top down, as it becomes one with its surroundings. The body of the Maserati GranCabrio has been thoroughly overhauled. Despite the lack if an overhead frame and a wheelbase at the top of its class, it guarantees the best possible performance in terms of structural rigidity. This enhances the smooth handling, safety and comfort of the car and fully exploits the powerful, efficient mechanics. The new body took thousands of hours of calculations, testing and development. Particular attention has been paid to developing the aerodynamics, with the creation of a flat aluminum base that not only adds to the overall rigidity of the body, but also reduces Cx by 6 points. Behind the wheel of the Maserati GranCabrio, driving fun combines with comfort and safety in all road conditions. The safety is enhanced thanks to the extendable roll bars behind the rear seats, which are activated if necessary. The Maserati GranCabrio will be marketed this coming winter and experienced by customers the world over from the following spring.