Maserati is not your ordinary Italian super car manufacturer. Each car produced by the Italian manufacturer has a character of its own and symbolizes the true spirit of what it stands for. The Maserati GranCabrio Sport is a true reflection of the Maserati spirit, combining heritage, luxury, style, and power.
Our story begins from the Meydan Hotel, the den of Maserati in the UAE, where we picked up the GranCabrio Sport. It was a sunny morning; the car was being delivered, and we were waiting for it passionately. Looking just outside the hotel lobby, a flare splashed into my eyes, reflecting the sunlight, and in just a few seconds, the sight was clear as a Dark Blue Maserati all shiny swayed her way into the driveway. It was the Maserati GranCabrio Sport with an elegant Blu Oceano color, ready for us to take it on a spin around Dubai City.
From the outside, you can inevitably see that Maserati meant business when they decided to create a four-seater luxurious convertible worthy of holding the Trident of Neptune. At a glance, you will notice Pininfarina’s unmistakable lines reflected all over the gorgeous body of the GranCabrio, and as your heart shivers from the global view, your eyes start nibbling on the details. The aggressive yet elegant front is the first thing that captivates your heart, with a long nose and huge oval grille inspired by its super racing ancestor, the Maserati A6 GCS from 1953, all fitted beneath the perfectly sculptured hood and centered within the bi-xenon headlights with the Maserati signature of luxury. The front was characterized by its elegant yet forceful design with the triple air vents and large nose holding the traditional trident in the center that is both a true homage to the Maserati Legacy and a slick aerodynamic design with improved brakes and engine cooling vents.
Moving on to the sides, the GranCabrio Sport screamed Maserati all over with its three side vents, “the Maserati’s unique signature”, and the muscular front and rear fenders dreamily sliding from font to end with perfectly defined lines and sharp edges for flawless aerodynamics. Reaching the rear of the GranCabrio Sport with its futuristic design, you cannot but notice its aggressive sportiness with an athletic looking diffuser, two large oval tailpipes, and the Carbon fiber wing – an add-on which comes with the MC package- centered by a third stop light aligned in perfect harmony with the two high-tech triangular taillights embracing the rear muscular fenders. On top of the small upgrades that differentiate the Sport from the rest of the GranCabrio range, ours came with an Aerodynamic package that included: carbon fiber front splitter on front bumper, side mirrors in carbon fiber, door handles in carbon, under door sills in dark look, and a rear bumper in carbon fins. Underlining its powerful character, the GranCabrio Sport comes equipped with 20’’ Antracite Grey Astro design holding the Trident of Maserati for that extra sporty look.
On the inside, the GranCabrio Sport maintained the luxuriousness, elegance, and sportiness of the exterior with the touch of traditional Italian handcrafted and innovative designs. The smell of Poltrona Frau® finest leather, the hand-stitched Trident logos on the headrest, and the Maserati console watch are all true reflections of heritage and luxury. The new sports seats, drilled aluminum pedals, carbon fiber all over, Trofeo inspired paddles shift, Sport steering wheel, and the GranCabrio Sport badge on the dash, combined with roomy four-seats and the Easy Entry system enabling the front seats to move fully forward blend luxury and space with performance in perfect harmony.
Perfectly seated inside the GranCarbio Sport, it was time for us to hear the engine roar. With the ignition on, the sound of the sports exhaust with bypass valves creates that exhilarating Maserati sound, even at stand still. Equipped with a 4.7-litre V8 hand-assembled by Ferrari engine, the GranCabrio Sport coped with a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission MC Auto Shift is capable of producing 460 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 520Nm of torque on 4750rpm and reaching a top speed of 285 Km/h and an acceleration of 5.0s from 0-100 Km/h.
All of that was great, but it was time to roll it on the asphalt.
We took the Trident of Neptune on a cruise around Dubai City, and believe me when I say that it was a true head-turner. Everywhere we went it made the perfect appearance. This masterpiece is not too flashy, yet it is graceful and elegant enough to create a long lasting impression. On the highway, it was a completely different story. Maintaining the legally allowed speed limit, we were still able to get that rush of racetrack just by feeling the amount of torque when flooring the pedals, and don’t get me started on the impact of passersby when we switched to sport mode.
Just when we thought that was it for the Italian chef-d’oeuvre, and as soon as the sun started to dip into the sea, we lowered our speed just a tad below 30Km/h and decided to enjoy the GranCabrio Sport as a convertible. In less than 24 seconds, the top was down and the GranCabrio Sport never looked better. Still in sport mode, the new open air musical theatre will give you that adrenaline-charged driving experience every driver is eager to live. The GranCabrio Sport never ceased to amaze me. It is even equipped with a telescopic roll bar system that deploys in less than 190 milliseconds to protect the passengers in case of an unexpected accident or roll over.
Back on the roads, the light breeze caressing your hair as you slide slowly from one lane to another, heading towards that perfect spot to rest after a long drive… that’s a feeling to die for. As the first day ended, the long drive came to an end. The V8 Symphony on open top, or the quiet cabinet with the top up onboard the Maserati, gave us the feeling of driving one of the most stylish and athletic open top cars available on the road today. The GranCabrio Sport is the perfect combination of a four-seater Open Top coupe indulged with heritage, luxury, and performance, capable of crafting that sporty driving sensation in comfort and luxury, even on long journeys. To feel the Maserati passion, you have to drive one.