Maserati’s GranCabrio Sport

21 Feb, 2011 10:25am Jack Rix

Italian firm shows hardcore 444bhp version of stunning GranCabrio at Geneva.

Maserati has unveiled a hardcore version of its graceful GranCabrio at the Geneva Motor Show. The Sport uses the highly tuned 4.7-litre V8 from the recently launched MC Stradale version of the GranTurismo coupé. This delivers 444bhp – an increase of 11bhp over the standard GranCabrio. 

The top speed of the GranCabrio Sport is 160mph and the 0-62mph sprint is now reduced to 5.2 seconds.

Shifting gears is a robotised manual transmission which is now positioned on the rear axle for better weight distribution, and allows the driver to swap ratios using paddleshifters in as little as 60 milliseconds.

Handling should be sharper than ever, with more advanced tuning of the Skyhook active suspension system. Grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs also feature.

Marking the Sport out from the regular drop-top are black-look headlamps, plus body-coloured front corner splitters and side skirts. Expect the GranCabrio Sport to cost around £110,000 when it goes on sale in the UK in October.

Also on the stand was Maserati's fastest model the MC Stradale (read our first drive of it here) and the 481bhp GranTurismo MC Trofeo - the race car that inspired the MC Stradale.
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