2012 Maserati GranCabrio Sport

2012 Maserati GranCabrio Sport

By Arthur Demi via Maserati

Maserati GranCabrio Sport

Maserati has taken the GranCabrio convertible to a new level of performance with the new GranCabrio Sport.

With more power, a faster gearshift and a distinctively aggressive look, the GranCabrio Sport has given Maserati a harder-edged convertible to sit alongside the GranTurismo S and the Quattroporte Sport GT S as the performance flagships of their respective ranges.

Publically unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the GranCabrio Sport combines an upgraded 4.7-litre V8 engine with a 10 horsepower increase to 450 hp and improved fuel economy with the faster MC Auto Shift transmission.

With a 285km-h top speed and a 0-100km/h sprint of just 5.2 seconds, the GranCabrio Sport is brimming with performance and luxury refinements both inside the cabin and underneath its award-winning body panels.

Its six-speed transmission includes a super-fast MC Auto Shift mode and has been developed for the GranCabrio Sport directly from the transmission in the Quattroporte Sport GT S.

The handling has been enhanced for greater speed, too, with an upgrade and revision of the Skyhook active-suspension system and the adoption of a more-responsive brake package.

Visually, the GranCabrio Sport is characterized by a more-pronounced dynamic look. This look begins with the GranCabrio’s distinctive nose and continues with a host of small, perfectly integrated changes throughout the body and the interior.

LayoutFront-mid-engine, rear-drive
Engine4.7-litre all-alloy V8
Power450hp (331kW) @ 7000rpm
Torque510Nm @ 4750rpm
Capacity4691cc
Bore x stroke94mm x 84.5mm
Compression ratio11.25:1
Maximum engine speed7200rpm
Oil deliveryWet sump
0-100km/h acceleration5.2 seconds
Top speed285km/h
Fuel consumption – Urban22.5 litres/100km
Fuel consumption – Extra-urban9.8 litres/100km
Fuel consumption – combined14.5 litres/100km
CO2 emissions337 grams/km
TransmissionSix-speed automatic (ZF 6HP26) with MC Auto Shift
Ratios
First:4.171:1
Second:2.340:1
Third:1.521:1
Fourth:1.143:1
Fifth:0.867:1
Sixth:0.691:1
Reverse:3.403:1
Final Drive:3.73:1
DifferentialAsymmetric limited-slip (25% in traction, 45% in release) with bevel drive
SteeringEngine-speed sensitive power steering, rack-and-pinion.
Turning circle12.3 metres
Length4881mm
Width (with mirrors)2056mm
Width (without mirrors)1915mm
Height1353mm
Wheelbase2942mm
Front track1586mm
Rear track1590mm
Front overhang873mm
Rear overhang1066mm
Boot/trunk capacity173 litres
Fuel capacity75 litres
Dry weight (EU)1887kg
Kerb weight (EU)1980kg
Weight distribution (roof closed)49% front/51% rear
Weight distribution (roof open)48%/52%
Brakes360mm front discs, 330mm rear discs
Tyres245/35 ZR20 (front); 285/35 ZR20 (rear)
(Maserati PR)

Maserati GranCabrio Sport