Settling into the driver's seat whose comfort rivals that of a living room armchair, we inhale that unmistakable scent of new car, pressing gently on the gas. We are on Lake Garda for an event dedicated to the new Maserati GranCabrio Sport. Nearly 100 years of automobile engineering have led up to this model. The Maserati brothers began tuning cars for race events in their teens, starting their own company in 1914 in the city of Bologna. The Trident symbol was in fact inspired by the statue of Neptune in the city's main square.
The Maserati GranCabrio Sport is a 450HP jewel, and its tough, elegant lines are highlighted by a new colour, "Rosso Trionfale," a deep red that of course had to be a little different from the famous Ferrari red. The Maserati Trident at the front of the radiator grille is in silver colour with red finish, a touch reserved only for the most powerful Maserati cars. The wheels are spectacular, 20" Astro Design models in two versions, Silver and Anthracite Grey.
The engineering also includes a number of important innovations, such as the DLC (Diamond-Like Coating) for valves and camshafts, reducing friction and increasing performance. Fluid dynamics in the lubrication system has enabled engine power to be increased while reducing noise output. The 4.7 litre V8 engine develops a max torque of 510 Nm at 4,750 rpm, and this translates into road excitement: immediate response to pressure on the accelerator, generous torque even at low rpm, and a brilliant balance between power and comfort. Top speed is 285 km/h, with 0-100 km/h achieved in 5.2 seconds.
Not to mention the unique Maserati roar, adjustable by means of valves on the second stage of the exhaust, that reminds you - should you ever need to be reminded - that you're behind the wheel of a car that is pure passion.
Maserati has long been known in the world of competitive racing for its innovative technology, which goes into its range of models for a 'road-legal racing' experience. We caught up with Maserati's Regional Manager for Central South Europe, Giulio Pastore at the event. We asked him what sets the company apart in the world of luxury vehicles.
What inspired Maserati to hold this kind of event to launch the GranCabrio sport?
Maserati is a brand whose leverage goes well beyond automotive. We feel this kind of event provides our prospective customers with the opportunity to experience this to the fullest. (Here you can) enjoy driving with the invaluable support of our Master GT drivers, feel the thrill of the competition watching the Melges 32 regatta on board a luxury yacht and relax in the 'Tao' atmosphere of a 5-star hotel.
Tell us about the new GranCabrio Sport. What are some of the cutting edge technologies Maserati has implemented into the design?
Maserati has taken the GranCabrio convertible to a new level of performance with the GranCabrio Sport. The convertible is designed for drivers who appreciate open-air driving together with top performance and a more aggressive look. The Skyhook suspension, which has here been given a more sporty edge, guarantees comfort as well as top handling on all road (conditions). The Maserati Stability Program is impressive for its ability to protect the driver without being too invasive and impair one’s own driving style.
What are some of the personalized touches that buyers can add to their Maserati?
Maserati’s rich combination of luxury and sportiness is what makes the brand unique and exclusive. Each Maserati can be ordered as a unique piece of art. The MC Sport Line package, for example, is available on the GranCabrio Sport for those who like their convertible even more aggressive.
The GranCabrio Sport is available at a price of around €141,000, therefore about €6,000 more than the GranCabrio.
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