The Maserati GranCabrio will cost £95,630 on-the-road here in the UK, and the first right-hand drive examples will reach showrooms in April 2010.
Glamour-puss, and Jodie Kidd
Powered by a 4.7 litre V8 delivering 440 HP, the GranCabrio features a ZF automatic six-speed gearbox and is the convertible with the longest wheelbase on the market (2,492mm. It reaches 62 mph from standstill in 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of 175mph.
According to the company, "the GranCabrio continues the Maserati tradition in open-top cars and joins models which have played an important role in the Modena carmaker's history such as the A6G Frua Spyder (1950), the 3500GT Vignale Spyder (1960), the Mistral Spyder (1964), the Ghibli Spyder (1968) and the Spyder designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro (2001), the car that marked Maserati's return to the United States.
"Whilst following in the footsteps of tradition, the GranCabrio opens a new chapter, because never before have four-seater convertibles been produced at the Viale Ciro Menotti Maserati factory."
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Maserati also points to what it reckons is an 'unrivaled' personalisation programme for the GranCabrio. It is available in 14 different exterior colours, with six different shades for the soft top and two new leather colours, Bianco Polare (Polar White) and Blu Profondità (Deep Blue).
The dashboard, door panels and rear side panels are available in the new 'Dark Chrome' standard finish but it is also possible to choose from precious woods, such as Carbalho and Moonwood, or coloured lacquer finishes.
In addition to the wide range of options, a bespoke four-piece leather luggage set which fits perfectly into the boot is available to order for a paltry £3.5k.
This has to be one of the nicest convertibles around. I have yet to see one that looks better except the 8c spider (rivals - Corvette C6? Ferrari California? Gallardo Spider? 8c spider?). Having said that, it comes very close to the spider for looks!
Performance is a little bit disappointing but then again it is more of a cruiser / GT than a supercar.
Regarding last nights Top Gear; wasn't much of a fan of the California, but seeing it on the road in the classic rosso/tan leather combo I must say I've warmed to it. And it's useable as a GT, quick and drives very well - hardly JUST a marketing exercise as some have said on PH.
I'm always attracted to anything that's fast and topless. It looks as though it's going to be too expensive to run though. Such things can be tempremental at times, and although I enjoy doing the regular servicing, I don't fancy it long term.