Maserati GranCabrio touches down in New Zealand

Maserati GranCabrio touches down in New Zealand

The Maserati GranCabrio has just landed here in New Zealand and for the first time from Maserati it offers roof down motoring for four people.

“Maserati has a long history of open top sports cars, but the GranCabrio is the first Maserati to extend this experience to four people,” says Glen Sealey, General Manager of Maserati Australia and New Zealand. “But, the fact that this car offers four seats does not mean that it is any less a Maserati. Not only do the four occupants in a GranCabrio travel in the same luxury, comfort and exclusivity for which the GranTurismo and Quattroporte have become bywords, the GranCabrio offers the performance expected of a Maserati and, with the roof down, even more opportunities to enjoy orchestral sound track provided by the Maserati V8 engine.”

The hood of the Maserati GranCabrio sits on a frame with five cross bars and no less than three different protection groups of layers mean that it does not balloon at speed, remaining stiff and flap free. It folds down in just 20 seconds, a fully automatic process that may be initiated not just from inside the car but also from the outside. It may also be raised and lowed on the move up to 30 kmh, which takes 28 seconds. At just 65 kg, the extra weight of the convertible has minimal affect on the performance of the car.

The hood has even been developed with local conditions in mind — the cold and wet weather testing was done on the South Island of New Zealand, so the GranCabrio can cope with even the worst of Kiwi weather. New Zealand also provided the conditions for the snow and ice calibration of the GranCabrio’s stability control system.

“The Maserati GranCabrio is much more than a convertible version of an existing model in the range,” says Mr Sealey. “Its broad range of attributes as well its ability to excel in all the traditional requirements of a convertible mean that its sales will not only be predominantly to new customers for Maserati, it will also further enhance the image and reputation of the Maserati brand as a whole. For these reasons we expect the GranCabrio to substantially add to Maserati’s sales total in both Australia and New Zealand.”

In addition to the hood, other features have been selectively changed to provide the optimum roof down experience. These include a ventilation system that adapts to the different requirements of roof up or roof down motoring and a unique audio system that alters the sound balance depending on the position of the roof. A new security system maximizes personal security and Maserati has even provided a bespoke fitted luggage system for the boot and rear seat of the GranCabrio.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the drivetrain of the GranCabrio. The 90 degree V8 fitted to the GranCabrio has a capacity of 4.7 litres and develops 323 kW at 7000 rpm. Attached to this engine is a six speed automatic gearbox designed and developed specifically for Maserati’s requirements.

In terms of performance the dash to 100 kmh takes place in 5.3 seconds and onto a top speed of 283 kmh.

Maserati has built its reputation on not just performance and style, but also exclusivity and the ability to personalise each car to match the character of each owner. Maserati already offers a possible nine million combinations of trim and colour. To this the GranCabrio adds six different hood colours, two new leather interiors (Pearl Beige and Blu Profondità) and three new dashboard trims, Dark Chrome, Moonwood, and Carbalho.

“The array of abilities provided by the GranCabrio covers the full spectrum,” says Mr Sealey. “Four people car travel in comfort, across the city or a continent, under conditions that demand the roof be down, or with security and peace of mind when conditions mean roof down motoring could not be further from consideration. It can be flung up a mountain pass or cruise down a freeway with equal aplomb, but wherever and however it is being driven; the Maserati GranCabrio is always a car that is equally captivating to drive or to see on the road.

The Maserati GranCabrio officially goes on sale on 1 July 2010, but more than 60 per cent of the cars allocated for Australia and New Zealand already have owners. The recommended retail price excluding statutory charges and on road costs is $338,000 in both Australia and New Zealand.

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