Do not be fooled by the name; this is not an all-new Maserati. It's in fact, the awaited GranTurismo Spyder, but in its unique name. This is the 2011 Maserati GranCabrio, that will be officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It promises all the goodies of the GranTurismo, with the added "convertibleness".
Like the coupe variant, the GranCabrio has been styled by Italian design house, Pininfarina. What's most striking about this design, that it keeps the greats about the GranTursimo, even when the roof is chopped. So mean up-front, sexy at the back; all that can also be said on the GranCabrio. Maserati also claim, that the GranCabrio has the longest wheelbase on the market of any convertible, promising to offer "proper seats" for all four passengers. Plus, Maserati decided to go for the classic cloth-top, unlike the newly modern metal-folding hard-top. However, as a personal preference, I think that GranTursimo actually looks sleeker with its smooth roof-lines.
Like any respectable automaker, Maserati had to re-stiffen the body structure and rigidity, after the roof-loss. Therefore, the GranCabrio is actually heavier than the GranTursimo. That's why, the GranCabrio won't be offered with the 4.2L V8 in the GranTursimo. It's in fact avalible with one engine option, which is the 440 hp 4.7L V8 with 369 lb-ft of torque, from the GranTursimo S. Connected to a 6-speed automatic with manual paddle-shifters via the rear-wheels, and the GranCabrio will hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, and crack 184 mph. All that, plus, the beautiful Italian V8 exhaust note is directly channeled through the cabin.
That's all what we got for the 2011 GranCabrio. So in the meantime before its public debut, enjoy the pictures.
Source : [Maserati]