Maserati GranCabrio (2009–)

Last updated 24 August 2016

Wonderfully styled Italian GT. Genuine four seater. Fantastic V8 soundtrack.
Automatic ZF six-speed gearbox not the best. Infotainment system feels slow and dated. Tiny boot.
Updated 21 February 2011
GranCabrio Sport launched

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,...

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Introduction

The Maserati GranCabrio is a fun and refined four seater convertible that strikes an elegant balance between high performance and everyday usability, thanks in no small part to its wonderful styling and vocal Ferrari V8 engine.

It might not be the fastest soft-top money can buy - both the Jaguar F-Type and Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG are quicker - but the GranCabrio is still a sensational grand tourer, with a booming V8 soundtrack and a rewarding drive that's strengthened by its large and comfortable interior. 

Despite weighing around two tonnes, the throaty 4.7-litre engine will notch up some impressive numbers, with 0-62mph taking around five seconds and top speed sitting close to 180mph. The 450PS engine is linked to a six-speed automatic gearbox, which works well enough, but occasionally disappoints with the odd bout of confusion over gear selection.  

The GranCabrio is blistering quick though, with impressive straight line speed and responsive handling that's aided by lots of feedback through the huge steering wheel. The handling can be sharpened with MC trim, which uses lighter Brembo brakes and adds a body kit and 10PS to the engine output. The raucous exhaust note is also enhanced to near antisocial levels, which makes the GranCabrio MC an attention grabbing centrepiece on the road.

Unlike most of its rivals, the GranCabrio is a genuine four seater and even with the roof in place it will carry four large adults in comfort, while the high quality interior features plush, hand stitched leathers and lots of brushed aluminium trim. However, the infotainment system and dashboard layout feels dated by modern standards, with a scatter gun approach to button layout and a painfully slow navigation system. The GranCabrio's long distance cruising credentials are also blunted by a tiny 173 litre boot.

Despite its flaws, the GranCabrio is still a brilliant four seater convertible, with stunning good looks, sports car performance and a plush interior. Only the Bentley Continental GTC offers more, although the Maserati feels more compelling due to the fact that it undercuts its British rival by a considerable margin on price.

 

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