Ready for Summer or any other season for that matter, the Maserati GranCabrio is a delicious, exciting, true cabriolet of epic proportions that can be yours on a car leasing deal to suit your budget.
The menacing trident once again pronounces a motoring legend that is quick to make its mark within the luxury sports-cabriolet marketplace. Breathtaking aesthetics, both inside and out reflect the Italian passion and love for refined engineering, speed and comfort.
Completing a very desirable package, the two door four seat GranCabrio is motoring luxury, with strong power delivery, an irresistible V8, developed by Ferrari that hits all the right notes and a gracious and sumptuous interior that oozes quality.
A versatile and spacious cabin layout reflects the history of Maserati and their previous Grand Touring vehicles, whilst having a smaller boot space than a couple of other marques within its class, this is soon brushed away when experiencing the responsive and exhilarating ride that the Maserati provides.
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Add gorgeous looks and an illustrious brand heritage and it’s a tempting proposition.
So the time has come to reward yourself with a really desirable six-figure sportscar, something with an open-top, a classic badge and an engine to die for.
A drive in a Maserati is an event in a way that a trip in a rival Jaguar XK, Mercedes SL or BMW 6 Series never can be. If you’ve petrol running through your veins, just clasping the keyfob makes the heart beat a little faster as you ready yourself in the low-set seat and peer at those evocative dials through the thickly-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel. Even if you’re impervious to all of this, you won’t be after firing the 4. 7-litre V8 engine, a glorious burbly roar that sounds like nothing else.
But now to the problem. Lopping the top off a luxury sports coupe to create a convertible creates an enormous issue of structural rigidity. Building in the strengthening necessary to sort this out means building in weight, the enemy of a lithe, agile sportscar. Which leads to one of two results. Either the designers reduce the size of the rear passenger compartment, reducing the size of the open space they have to compensate for – so you get something like an Aston Martin Vantage Roadster. Or they give in to the weight and bill their car as a ‘luxury GT’, pretending that a set of adjustable dampers will return the sharpness that has been lost. Step forward BMW’s 6 Series Convertible.
Maserati is suggesting that the GranCabrio can comfortably seat four adults yet still offer cut-and-thrust sportscar handling. So, have they managed it? Well, things get off to a good start with the news that there are four proper seats and that the cabrio conversion has added just 100kgs to the overall weight.
So it’s a rather large car – and feels it on narrower country roads. You certainly can’t chuck it around, but then, if you are using the rear seats, you probably won’t want to be doing that anyway. And if you do want to do that, Maserati’s Skyhook adaptive damping system is standard, accessible via the ‘Sport’ button, which firms up the suspension as you trade ride comfort for improved body control. The result is it’s a far, far better driving machine than the only other four-seat luxury sports cabriolets I can think of.
In accommodating the enormous V8 engine and those adult-usable rear pews, this was inevitably always going to be a very long car, at nearly 5 metres. While the pretty shape doesn’t disguise these proportions, it does present them very favourably. In this, Pininfarina was helped by the decision, part-way through the development process, to ditch plans for a metal-folding roof that would have delivered a cramped, heavier and much uglier result.
So we have instead the triple-layered canvas top that takes a leisurely 28s to lower but can at least be operated at speeds of up to 19mph either by a switch in the cabin or, if you so desire, by a button on the keyfob. Using a soft-top has made the car more aerodynamic and has retained its optimum weight distribution and low centre of gravity.
The cabin ambience is up to the job of justifying a £100,000 pricetag, swathed in soft Poltrona Frau leather though speckled with rather too many buttons in an age where many rivals have ‘i-Drive’-style central controllers.
Many will drive this car simply because it’s a Maserati, and because it looks drop-dead gorgeous. The difference though, with the Trident badged-brand in the modern era is that its products also stack up on more sensible grounds. Some will rightly point out that this is a vastly more expensive car than obvious alternatives.
If you can and want the option of carrying two adult rear seat passengers in something still describable as a ‘proper sportscar’, then it’s hard to think of a better choice, though you’ll need to take the tiny boot into account before thinking of too much Grand Touring. In the end, there are, it’s true, faster and more exclusive ways of rewarding yourself for a lifetime’s toil than this. But few of the other open-topped luxury sportscars you could choose are as practical and all cost a lot more. So while buying a Grancabrio will always be a Grand gesture, it’s also one you could justify to yourself. Not that you should have to. This car will be beauty and the best. Which’ll be all that matters.