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While Novitec Rosso is famously known for tuning and modifying Ferraris, it’s only natural that a separate division, Novitec Tridente, would be tinkering with Maseratis as well. Sporting 590-hp and 422 ft-lbs of torque, Novitec Tridente’s Maserati GranCabrio makes for one fun luxury convertible.
To achieve the new horsepower, Novitec equipped the GranCabrio’s 4.7L V8 powerplant with a supercharger. In addition, a water-to-air intercooler keeps the boosted motor nice and safe. Other performance enhancements include a custom intake manifold and larger injectors to ensure the motor gets plenty of fuel now that it’s been force induced. ECU tuning ensures everything has been remapped properly. The performance upgrades alone are a tad over $28,700. A Novitec Tridente exhaust system is also available for the GranCabrio.
On the outside, Novitec outfits the GranCabrio with a collection of carbon fiber aerodynamic goods. Front spoiler lips are attached to the factory front bumper while side skirts gives the coupe a sleeker appearance. In the rear, a spoiler lip and diffuser are also available.
Suspension upgrades allows the Maserati to be lowered with a push of a button, in addition to being raised a little over 1.5-inch to easily maneuver around those pesky speedbumps. Novitec chose to outfit their GranCabrio with a staggered set of 21- and 22-inch wheels, matched to Pirelli P Zero rubber.
Those seeking even more upgrades for their GranCabrio, Novitec offers interior upgrades with a varied selection of leather and Alcantara upgrades.
GALLERY: Novitec Tridente Maserati GranCabrio
As one of the world’s fastest growing economies, India is developing an increasing appetite for luxury goods and services. In terms of cars, the latest high-end brand to take the plunge is Maserati.
Entering into an agreement with local retailer Shreyans Group, Maserati will open its first store in India this year, in the bustling city of Mumbai. A second is projected to follow in 2012, in the capital New Delhi, with the goal of ultimately handling around 40 percent of all Maserati sales in India.
Partnering up with Shreyans is likely a shrewd move for the Italian automaker, the former has been successful in marketing everything from luxury cars to motorcycles to fashion accessories towards a growing number of affluent Indians.
At launch, Maserati will offer the Quattroporte sedan; along with the GranTurismo Coupe and GranCabrio. At present the company believes around 80 percent of buyers in India will opt for the sedan, the remainder split between the Coupe and Cabrio models.
It’s official, the economic recovery is complete. Don’t believe us? Just ask the folks at Maserati, who were able to sell every single GranTurismo Convertible that landed States-side in 2010. In total, Maserati shifted 1,717 units this year, which included 558 units of this gorgeous convertible.
The GranCabrio – as most of you will know, has a Ferrari-developed 4.7-liter, V8 that produces a healthy 440-hp. Power is sent to the rear-wheels via a six-speed automatic with paddle-shifters.
Asking if it’s fast is like asking if Michigan winters are cold. It can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 5.4 seconds, and if you find a runway long enough, it will top out at 176 mph.
Sadly, at a base price of $135,800 it is out of reach for most people, however, Maserati had no problem finding customers in 2010. That’s a big turnaround from last year where sales plummeted 49 percent.
Maserati is strutting its stuff on the catwalk with its new line of yachting and golf apparel, casual footwear, leather bags and accessory creations. They introduced their retail swag at the Pitti Uomo fashion show at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, a dynamic event that focuses on the men’s fashion scene.
Created with fashion houses Vuarnet, Suprem and Pellemoda, Maserati’s all-new merchandise collection falls right into the lifestyle that goes hand-in-hand with their luxury vehicles. In fact, the guest of honor in the Pitti Uomo booth is the Maserati GranCabrio, the first Maserati four-seater convertible. Designed by Pininfarina, the GranCabrio embodies sophistication, elegance and classic style that complement the clothing and accessory line perfectly.
A fitting venue for this Maserati launch, Pitti Uomo is consistently chosen by top companies to present their collections and special projects. This year, Pitti Uomo is dedicated to the theme of Design Watching, from craftsmanship to contemporaneity, under the sign of identity and innovation of the greatest names in men’s fashion. A show that boasts historical roots and modernity, Italian spirit and international appeal, Pitti Uomo also encompasses all the values perfectly expressed by Maserati which can now be worn as well as driven.
[Source: Top Speed]