2011 Maserati GranCabrio 1Acoustic Art
August 1957, Grand Prix of Germany at the Nurburgring Juan Manuel Fangio’s after a botched pit stop in the heavy residue. But the legendary race driver does not give up and drives his Maserati 250F to absolute peak performance. The engine roar can shake the Eifel, Fangio driving a hard fight after a triumphant victory. Recently, Fangio would have turned 100 years old, and maybe he would have been the triumph song of a Maserati engine wanted as a birthday serenade. No car would be more suitable than the GranCabrio sport. When pressure on the newly constructed sports button adjustable flaps occur in the exhaust system in action, and the roar of the V8 engine is unplugged in the world.2011 Maserati GranCabrio 2It sounds like the sports version of the convertibles so freely that you want to tap into tunnels so the plaster off the walls. So for every sports car accelerating and friends every downshifting hard on the ears. As a tribute to Fangio and the racing success of the 50s appeared the Maserati sports version of its four-seat convertible in the gran paint “Rosso Trionfale”. The car is wider compared to the normal model side skirts and a black grille. The Italians have also once again sent the car into the wind tunnel, aerodynamic fine-tuning to make the front spoiler. The GranCabrio Sport rolls on rolls with neunarmigen thick 20-inch wheels, and the trident on the grill, of course, adorned with red accents – these sports badges are only for the strongest Maserati models.
2011 Maserati GranCabrio 3Maserati Gran Sport coupe
The GranCabrio Sport is currently the most expensive Maserati model, it costs € 139 000. A BMW 6 Series Convertible is already getting considerably cheaper, as an open Jaguar XKR.



Swipe aesthetics
The engine developers, but had apparently not too busy time, because as usual at Maserati sports version is called: A few more horsepower, a little fine tuning here and a little gear-tweaking there. While other manufacturers or supercharged engine displacement plus rich saddle on it properly, makes the familiar 4.7-liter V8 engine of the GranCabrio Sport 450 hp (331 kW), which are only ten more horses than the normal model. The torque increases by at least 20 points to 510 Newton meters, the switching times are reduced by a few fractions of a second. The sprint from 0 to 100 km / h takes the car a tenth of a second faster rises marginally behind (5.2 seconds), the top speed to 285 km / h.2011 Maserati GranCabrio 4Especially the torque, makes in connection with the shorter shift times, but definitely noticeable. The Maserati is a spontaneous and aggressive driving. If you hold the engine 3000-4000 tours and then the accelerator for passing through occurs, dashes off the car as if someone kicked him in the back. The shift paddles in the Trofeo design are now running longer and reach in the fast corners at hard labor at the wheel better. Unfortunately, the Italians have not brought a major shortcoming of the Cabriolet: The steering wheel should be just a touch small, and especially the steering ratio is too indirect. Although the 1.9-ton convertible thanks to firmer suspension tuning is now chasing a little more agile around the corners, but the light steering prevents the final touch for precision maneuvering.

Maserati Gran Sport coupe
In the cockpit, waiting for refined and comfortable leather upholstery and a superb looking to drilled aluminum pedals. See over the counter and the scattered wild but now badly needs to be dusty cockpit design, however,
2011 Maserati GranCabrio 5Emotional perfection
In the cockpit, waiting for refined and comfortable leather upholstery and a superb looking to drilled aluminum pedals. About the wildly scattered switch and the now being evil dusty cockpit design has to be overlooked, however, as a quirky detail: the switch that you open the electric soft top is standing or even while driving at up to 30 km / h in 28 seconds, is under A plastic flap hiding. There are also 12-volt socket for the cigarette lighter is located. But now no longer fits under the door, so only the empty socket remains in silent protest. A Maserati is just a summer sale, and also the fuel consumption of the average pilot is likely to proceed with the motto: If it is empty fill up, I just go. With a little fine-tuning the engine, including the reduction of internal friction, the open-trident-racing consumes more power despite its now at least 14.5 instead of 15.4 liters per 100 kilometers (factory data). The GranCabrio Sport is currently the most expensive Maserati model, it costs € 139 000. A BMW 6 Series Convertible is already getting considerably cheaper (650i with 407 hp from € 94 300), as an open Jaguar XKR (with V8 and 510 hp from 114 400 €). Expensive it is in the class of precious outdoor racing of course – for example, with the Aston Martin DB9 (twelve-cylinder, 477 hp) from € 182 103.2011 Maserati GranCabrio 6

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