There are segments divided in auto world geographically, and there are stereotypes associated with them. These stereotypes however, are more often than not true. Germans are known for their futuristic performance and refinement more than anything else, British for their royalty, Americans for their raw strength and Asians for their utility, but none understands the aesthetics of a car, the sheer beauty that could be fit inside a box with four wheels better than the Italians, Maserati is a live example. It is a brand for the rich who love to flaunt, it is fast, it is furious, but all that is secondary. Maserati, is itself, the brand which houses one of the most beautiful cars in the world, and at a significantly lower price range than something like a Ferrari.It will come off as no surprise that Maserati GranCabrio is probably one of the best looking convertible four seaters in the world today. Maserati holds a rich heritage in producing open-top cars dating back to Frau Spyder back in 1950s, however, this is its first four seat venture, and it has done wonders for the firm. The reason is simple, whatever talents the car possesses in other fields, one can simply not overlook its highly stunning exteriors and this seems to be an universal opinion with all the Maserati drives. Maserati GranCabrio is available is 4 variants- GranCabrio, GranCabrio MC, Grand Cabrio Sport and GranCabrio MC Centennial edition (a customized variant). Underneath the hood of all these variants lies a powerhouse, a V8 5.7-litre monster which pulls out a power of 460 hp at 7000 rpm alongside a 520 Nm torque at 4750 rpm. So it is not just a beautified toy to look at, race it, and it is a beast. GranCabrio is actually a very long car, which compliments its aesthetics, it is capable of carrying four people at a time. It is loaded with technology, power. safety and of-course beauty, all of these have been discussed in detail in the segments to come.
It is not really a drive which you except fuel economy from and Maserati keeps this promise, gulping excessive feed for its V8 powerhouse. It delivers a combined fuel economy of 14.5 L/100 km, which can be expected from a beast like this.
Underneath the hood of Maserati GranCabrio lies a 5.7-litre V8 powerhouse which delivers a maximum power output measuring 460 hp at 7000 rpm alongside a 520 Nm torque at 4750 rpm.
Owing to the humongous V8 engine, the GranCabrio is bound to be a speedster, a true roadrunner. The drive reaches a top speed measuring 285 kmph with an acceleration count of 100 kmph from a halt measuring 5 seconds.
This is the forte segment of Maserati, and the zenith contributor is its grille with the proud trident in the middle. Double wishbones have been used in the front of the car and at the rear coupled with anti-roll bars and steel springs. Skyhook adaptive dampers which made its first appearance in Maserati GranTurismo are also available. A Sport button, which adjusts the suspension mapping to trade ride comfort for improved body control, also quickens the gearshift and opens the exhaust flaps beyond 3000rpm. Using acceleration readings taken from each wheel and the body, the valving in each damper is continuously adjusted. On the front of Maserati GranCabrio Bi-Xenon headlamps have been embedded, overall the drive makes up a masterpiece, one that cannot be replicated.
Maserati GranCabrio is longer than you expect it to be, so much that it has the length of a full size SUV. The overall dimensions of this cabriolet measure 4881mm x 1915mm x 1353mm with a wheelbase clocking a huge 2942mm count.
Interior of GranCabrio, not exactly the interior being an open-roof drive is as suave as the outside body. It is genuinely a typical four seater drive and a perfect companion for long routes. Take the dual tone leather embedded dashboard is provided with plethora of features such as climate control, drive modes, a dedicated 8.8 inch touchscreen with GPS navigation etc. The three spoke steering wheel (embedded with a lot of multi-functionality) with gear shift paddles of Trofeo design ensure smooth drive even in the tightest of turns. The Poltrona Frau leather cocoons the driver inside for longest of journeys. All in all, the entire interior seems tailor made, designed to perfection.
The very aura inside Maserati GranCabrio is built up by a rare comfort functionality which is unprecedented by any other vehicle in the segment. The hand crafted leather seats, M-design seats, optimal grip on brakes and accelerator are some features which take care of the comfort functionality in GranCabrio throughout. The very dashboard seems futuristic. Overall, the cabin of GranCabrio is a reflection of the same highs and lows as the GranTurismo’s. The design is superior, there is plenty of storage space for your knick-knacks including 8 cup-holders.
The biggest loss in the form of practicality lost in order to retain the structural rigidity comes in the form of loss of boot space. Gran Cabrio sports a boot space measuring 173 litres, considerably less than 260 litres of GranTurismo, what is worse is that this boot space is in an awkward shape.
The beauty and the beast embeds a 4.7-litre V8 powerhouse under-hood. The maximum power output measures 460 bhp at 7000 rpm alongside a maximum torque measuring 520 Nm at 4750 rpm. This raw power is mated with a gearbox which offers a choice of five operating modes: Normal, Auto Sport, Manual Normal, Manual Sport and Ice. To increment the performance there is a MC Auto Shift function embedded to the CVT transmission which makes the drive more exciting even on stiff turns. Also there is an electronic dual de-clutching functionality during downshifting and MC Start Strategy high performance start function which helps the car to leap 0 to 100 kmph in just around 5 seconds for a superior incremented performance.
The sound of V8 engine rumbling is music in itself. However, for the individuals who are in constant search of concert-hall acoustics experience in a sports convertible coupe, Maserati GranCabrio will offer them with new generation Premium Surround System, which is evolved in collaboration with Bowers & Wikins. The music system is coupled with a 7-inch TFT touchscreen, 16 channel 1280 Watt amplifier and 15 speakers that blends perfectly into the design of the car and assures unmatched sound as well as dynamic purity to the occupants.
Aggressive as it is, Maserati GranCabrio's personality is provided a more aggressive outlook with the use of 18-inch diamond alloy customized wheels with tyre size which measure 235/50 R18. However, 19, 20 and 21 inch wheels are also available as optional.
The more fast you run, the more efficiently you must be able to stop. GranCabrio is appointed with specially designed with Brembo brakes which are further coupled with dual cast discs that are evolved with perfect proportion of cast iron, and light weight aluminum. This efficient braking is coupled with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and BA (Brake Assist). Handling aspect of Maserati GranCabrio is handled with front dual wishbone suspension and rear five arm multilink suspension.
Safety is one of the prime concerns of any drive, and when it is a dedicated sports drive, it becomes all the more import. Maserati GranCabrio embeds some stabilization programs like traction control, ensuring maximum traction without wheel skid. EDC (Electronic differential control) ensures that there is a faster response time of the drive at the time of cornering. There are other safety aspects of the drive too, like ABS, EBD, BA which ensure maximum active safety for this speedster. Apart from these, front and rear seat ISOFIX child seat mounting is also equipped. Reinforced bumpers at the rear and front make the vehicle encounter sudden impacts. As for the security, the vehicle embeds electronic vehicle immobilization device. The air bag system (front, side and curtain), Hill Launch Assist (HLA), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Rear as well as front parking sensors further adds to the safety features of the drive.