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By Charl Bosch

Motoring Journalist

Maserati brings back limitless headroom with new GranCabrio

For the time being, the GranCabrio will only be offered in range-topping Trofeo guise that develops 410kW/650Nm.

Having revived the GranTurismo two years ago as the final new internal combustion engine vehicle it will produce, Maserati has now breathed new life into the drop-top GranCabrio that also becomes the last convertible it will make minus any electrical assistance.

Roof gone

Only offered in flagship Trofeo guise, which replaces the previous range-topping Sport, the GranCabrio differs comparatively little from the GranTursimo externally, bar the obvious change in roof from a hard-top to a canvas roof that opens in 14 seconds and closes in 16 seconds at up to 50 km/h.

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Available in five colours; black, greige, garnet, Titan Grey and Blue Marine, the folding lid has resulted in a number structural changes adding an additional 100 kg to the GranCabrio’s final weight.

Maserati GranCabrio makes sultry return
As with the previous generation, the GranCabrio provides seating four four. Image: Maserati

While Maserati didn’t specify the nature of the revisions, it confirm new specification items exclusive to the GranCabrio, namely neck warmers integrated into front headrests, plus a manually affixed wind deflector that clips in over the rear seats.

The latter resulting in the GranCabrio becoming a two-seater instead of four, the newcomer continues otherwise unchanged from the GranTurismo with the standard inclusion of a 12.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Head-Up Display and positioned below the former, a supplementary 8.8-inch display for the climate control.

Maserati GranCabrio makes sultry return
Interior has not been changed from the GranTurismo, bar the selection of colours. Image: Maserati

Also included, but as an option, are five colour options for the brake calipers, a selection of veneers and a specifically designed 19-speaker, 1 195-watt Sonus Faber sound system.

V6 power only

Riding on the same 20-inch at the front and 21-inch at the rear alloy wheels as the GranTurismo, underneath its bonnet, motivation comes from the same 3.0-litre Nettuno twin-turbo V6 that debuted in the MC20 coupe and later, the MC20 Cielo.

The sole propulsion option as the entry-level Modena and all-electric Folgore remain bespoke to the GranTurismo, the unit develops an unchanged 410kW/650Nm, which results in a top speed of 316 km/h and 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds.

Sending the amount of twist to the rear axle is an eight-speed automatic gearbox sourced from ZF, with the other carryover from the GranTurismo Trofeo being five drive modes; Comfort, GT, Sport, Corsa and the Electronic Stability Control deactivating ESC-Off.

Not yet confirmed

On-sale from the middle of this year in the United States and Europe, pricing for the GranCabrio wasn’t disclosed, with the same applying to its confirmation for South Africa.

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