Preview: 2011 Maserati GranCabrio

August 24, 2009

•    What is it? The convertible version of one of the most stunning coupes on the market
•    The basics: V-8 power and gorgeous styling
•    On sale: Next year, with a public showing and more details at the Frankfurt Auto Show
•    Price: $130,000 (est.)

Next month Maserati will unveil the third model in its exclusive lineup, with the new GranCabrio drop-top scheduled to debut on the 15th of September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The GranCabrio is essentially the convertible version of the equally stunning GranTurismo coupe and will enter the market next year as the first four-seater convertible Maserati’s history.

2011 Maserati GranCabrio

2011 Maserati GranCabrio

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Though not revealed in these official images, the GranCabrio’s roof is strictly canvas-made, emphasizing the link with the Maserati tradition. Incidentally, its wheelbase will be the longest of any production convertible currently on sale.

Power will come from the same Ferrari-designed 4.7-liter V-8 as found in the recently launched GranTurismo S, and output should stand at 440 horsepower,

2011 Maserati GranCabrio

2011 Maserati GranCabrio

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Pricing is expected to start from $130,000, which will pit it perfectly against rivals like the BMW M6 Cabrio, Mercedes-Benz SL, Aston Martin Vantage Roadster, and Jaguar XKR Convertible. Maserati will start taking orders next winter and is expected to start deliveries from the following spring.

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