Maserati GranCabrio MC Lends Style to Paris Motor Show

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Maserati quietly debuted its GranCabrio MC during the Paris Motor Show to complete it’s open-top range.

A grand-tourer at heart, the newest Maserati draws power from a 460-hp 4.7-liter V8 with about 384 lb-ft of torque. With that power, the car can run from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds. Drivers will be able to use launch control to get a perfect start every time, but someone in the market for such a car probably isn’t overly concerned with how the car sprints.

If that were the case, they would probably be aiming more toward its sister brand: Ferrari. Instead, buying a Maserati is more about having power on demand but being drenched in style all the while. In this case, the car gets a front bumper inspired by the MC Stradale and new headlights that use LEDs as daytime running lights.

The car still also gets some tweaks to make it more of a performer, which is fitting considering this is the automaker’s closest thing to a race car.

For example, Maserati says it took lessons learned from its GranTurismo MC Stradale and fitted the car with single-rate dampers to ensure a sporty driving feel.

As a four-seat convertible, the car is purpose built for long drives with an interior to match its almost-audacious body. The whole interior got an overhaul with special attention paid to ergonomics. Specifically, the seats were redesigned to improve comfort. Part of that also meant adding almost another inch of rear seat legroom over the MC Stradale.

Even the steering wheel gets a redesign with a flat top and bottom to give it a sportier look. Finally, the car’s transmission comes with five driving modes: auto-normal, auto-sport, manual-normal, manual-sport and ice mode.

GALLERY: Maserati GranCabrio MC

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="">Google+</A>.

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