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Publically unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the 2012 Maserati
GranTurismo Convertible Sport combines an upgraded 4.7-liter V8 engine with a 10
horsepower increase to 444 hp and improved fuel economy with the faster MC Auto
With a 177-mph (285-km/h) top speed and a 0-60 mph
sprint of just 5 seconds, the GranTurismo Convertible Sport is brimming with
performance and luxury refinements both inside the cabin and underneath its
award-winning body panels.
Its six-speed transmission includes a
super-fast MC Auto Shift mode and has been developed for the GranTurismo
Convertible Sport directly from the transmission in the Quattroporte Sport GT S.
The handling has been enhanced for greater speed, too, with an upgrade and
revision of the Skyhook active-suspension system and the adoption of a
more-responsive brake package.
Visually, the GranTurismo Convertible Sport is
characterized by a more-pronounced dynamic look. This look begins with the
GranTurismo Convertible's distinctive nose and continues with a host of small,
perfectly integrated changes throughout the body and the interior.
Maserati's design team worked to provide a
more-aggressive look that sat in harmony with the GranTurismo Convertible's
critically acclaimed styling.
A series of relatively small upgrades in
critical areas have created an integrated, dynamic design that immediately
differentiates the GranTurismo Convertible Sport from the rest of the
GranTurismo Convertible range and identifies it with both the Quattroporte Sport
GT S and the GranTurismo S. It introduces a new color, Rosso Trionfale - a
classic red that pays tribute to the championship-winning Maserati racing cars
of the 1950s. It's a color that highlights the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo
Convertible Sport's strong personality, yet maintains its elegant and slim look.
The strong, distinctive GranTurismo Convertible grille receives even more
character with a new black color, while the grille's Maserati Trident receives
the red accents that are reserved for the fastest car in each of Maserati's
model ranges. These red accents are also found on the Quattroporte Sport GT S
and the GranTurismo S. The headlights now have a black look, while front corner
splitters and the redesigned side skirts are both body colored. The Shadow line,
with its dark look around the base of the window glass, stresses the dramatic
look of the car, strengthening its personality and pointing out the sinous lines
of the body.
Besides adding to the aggressive style, the side skirts and
the corner splitters were developed in the wind tunnel and add significantly to
the car's aerodynamic efficiency reducing aerodynamic resistance and improving
The dynamic look is finished with redesigned 20" Astro-design
wheels and a pair of menacing, black oval exhaust tips. The wheels each feature
three Tridents and create a lighter look to accentuate the higher performance.
Note: the GranTurismo Convertible Sport is called "GranCabrio Sport" in all
other markets, except in the US.
Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport: Review (2/2)