Maserati Grantursimo Convertible Sport to Preview at Geneva Auto Show

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The new Maserati that will debut at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show will offer more driving enjoyment thanks to improved overall vehicle dynamics, more horsepower, a more responsive and efficient engine and optimized gearshift response.
Modena, February 21, 2011. After stunning the world with the GranTurismo Convertible at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Maserati will use the 2011 Geneva Motor Show to take its grand-touring convertible to a new level of performance and handling with the GranTurismo Convertible Sport (known as the GranCabrio Sport in markets outside of North America).
Conceived to give the GranTurismo Convertible an even sharper-edged model to sit alongside the GranTurismo S and the Quattroporte Sport GT S, the GranTurismo Convertible Sport uses a more powerful and fuel-efficient version of Maserati’s sonorous all-alloy 4.7-litre V8, coupled with a ZF six-speed automatic transmission.

This naturally-aspirated engine produces in this configuration 444 HP (331 kW) and has 376 lb/ft (510Nm) at the peak of its steady torque curve. Maserati’s Friction Reduction Program has made the GranTurismo Convertible Sport’s engine more reactive to the driver’s most precise inputs, while reaching a 6% reduction in fuel consumption. The top speed of the GranTurismo Convertible Sport is 177 mph.

The paddle shift six-speed transmission is equipped with the super-fast MC Auto Shift software and has been developed for the GranTurismo Convertible Sport directly from the transmission in the Quattroporte Sport GT S. The MC Auto Shift program provides optimized gearshift response resulting in even-greater driver engagement.

The handling has received attention, too, with an upgrade and revision of the Skyhook active-suspension system – now with sportier tuning – and the adoption of grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs.
Visually, the GranTurismo Convertible Sport is characterized by a more-pronounced dynamic look. This look begins at the GranCabrio’s distinctive nose with a black grill and a Trident with red accents. The headlights now have a black look, while front corner splitters and redesigned side skirts are both body colored. The GranTurismo Convertible Sport also debuts a new body color for Maserati: Rosso Trionfale inspired by the red Italian national colors used on 1950s racing Maseratis –such as the 250F in which Juan Manuel Fangio won his fifth F1 World Title in 1957.

The Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport will arrive in North America beginning August, 2011.

Tony Piff

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