The Maserati GranCabrio has its flaws. Against the clock, its performance may look respectable, but in real-world use its relative lack of torque and considerable weight mean it struggles to match the expectations set by the Trident badge. It is also thirsty, has a small boot and, like many convertibles, trades compromises in ride and handling for an open roof. Naturally, our overall rating must reflect these drawbacks.

In spite of those things, this is a genuine and exciting four seat convertible. It’s impeccably built (although some of the options cross the taste barrier) and there’s reasonable room for two people in the back, even if they will be blown about a bit on longer, faster journeys.

It’s a car that can be parked next to more expensive machinery and not make you feel inferior in any way, until you drive off – you simply won’t be able to keep up. That weight and lack of torque from the V8 are the biggest disappointment. A Jaguar XKR-S shows how it can be done, but then your rear seat passengers will feel distinctly short-changed in the back of the Jag.

That doesn’t stop us from liking the GranCabrio, though, because it is a charming car. It looks and sounds sensational, and it deserves credit for being the one of the few convertibles that, with a few caveats, can seat four.

As a single-car purchase, the GranCabrio would need careful consideration, especially with more capable options available - namely the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet, but within a multi-car garage we can certainly see its merits. Especially if that garage happened to be on the Cote d’Azur. 

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