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Maserati debuted its first ever four-seater convertible, the GranCabrio at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The GranCabrio joins the Quattroporte sedan and the GranTurismo coupe in Maserati’s product line-up, giving the company what it calls the three prongs of the Trident.
The GranCabrio will be powered by the company’s top-level 4.7-liter V8, making 433hp. This seems to indicate that unlike Maserati’s other models, the 405-hp 4.2-liter V8 will not be offered. What this also may indicate is that a GranCabrio S model could make even more power. After all, with the added weight of the necessary chassis stiffening required in a drop-top, the 433hp model will likely be about as fast as the base-engine coupe.
The GranCabrio has a completely re-engineered body. At 2,942 mm (115.8 inches) in length, the GranCabrio has the longest wheelbase in its class. As it lacks a top frame, Maserati paid special attention to increasing the GranCabrio’s rigidity, using a flat aluminum base. According to Maserati’s testing, the GranCabrio claims the top static rigidity of its class (75,000 DaN/m/rad. Maserati says the aluminum base reduces the Cx aerodynamic coefficient by six points to 0.35, giving the convertible the aerodynamic performance of a coupe.
Gallery: Maserati GranCabrio
Maserati will debut its first-ever four-seater convertible at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. While rumors of a convertible based on the GranTurismo’s popular and stunning platform have existed since the day the coupe model was introduced, we now know the name to be GranCabrio.
Maserati is keeping most of the details secret until Frankfurt, but we do know that the GranCabrio will be powered by the company’s top-level 4.7-liter V8, making 433hp. This seems to indicate that unlike Maserati’s other models, the 405-hp 4.2-liter V8 will not be offered. What this also may indicate is that a GranCabrio S model could make even more power. After all, with the added weight of the necessary chassis stiffening required in a drop-top, the 433hp model will likely be about as fast as the base-engine coupe.
And speaking of weight, Maserati was wise to keep it as low as possible by opting for a soft-top, rather than a hard-top.
In its press release, Maserati says that this third model completes the three-pronged Maserati trident, which we can take to mean the company won’t be coming out with any new models any time soon.
Look for more details on September 15th when the drop-top Maserati makes its official debut in Frankfurt.
GALLERY: 2010 Maserati GranCabrio
Official release after the jump:
Maserati is planning a convertible version of the GranTurismo, similar to the Alfa Romeo 8C Compitizione drop-top which is based on the same platform.
It doesn’t exactly take the foresight of a Nostradamus to predict that Maserati will bring a drop-top version of the GranTurismo to market, but the gents over at Car & Driver seem to have the inside scoop.
The new model is due out in 2010 (or possibly 2011) and the surprising thing is that it will feature a cloth-top instead of a retractable hard-top.
All of the major competitors to the GranTurismo have convertible models, including Mercedes with the SL550, Aston Martin with the V8 Vantage Roadster, Jaguar with the XKR convertible and BMW with the M6 Convertible.
Ferrari already offers the California and while they aren’t easy to obtain, there is also the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Based on the same platform, the California is already a retractable hard-top, whereas the 8C is offered as either a coupe or convertible. A GranTurismo Convertible was in the cards.
What we don’t know is exactly when it will arrive and if it will have four seats or just two. The price is expected to be around $130,000.
Oh… and look for a GranTurismo S Convertible/Roadster to follow.
[Source: Car & Driver]