Mechanically and design-wise, the Maserati GranCabrio follows the GranTurismo closely. A 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8, broadly the same unit as that used in Alfa Romeo’s 8C, produces 444bhp and 376lb ft of torque on the standard car and on the Sport. The engine is connected to a ZF six-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox, with drive then channelled to the rear wheels via a mechanical limited-slip differential. The race-inspired MC Stradales gain an additional 10bhp - producing 454bhp.
Double wishbones are used at the front and rear, with steel springs and anti-roll bars. As with the GranTurismo Sport automatic, Maserati’s Skyhook adaptive dampers are standard on the GranCabrio. Using acceleration readings taken from each wheel and the body, the valving in each damper is continuously adjusted. A Sport button, which adjusts the suspension mapping to trade ride comfort for improved body control, also quickens the gearshift and opens the exhaust flaps beyond 3000rpm.
At the front, the main headlamp unit incorporates the automatically activated bi-xenon main bulbs, side lights and indicators. Separate foglamps sit below. Along with the Trident badge in the grille, the three vents on the GranCabrio’s wings are a signature Maserati styling detail.
Like the GranTurismo, the automatic 4.7 has the same twin pipes as the 4.2. The GranCabrio sounds great at all times but, in Sport mode, exhaust flaps open above 3000rpm for much greater volume.
Not only are 20in wheels standard, but you also get a choice of two designs for no extra cost. There’s a choice when it comes to the three-layer canvas roof, too, as it’s available in a range of colours. Black is standard; other colours cost more and come with a choice of two interior colours. The roof mechanism can be operated on the move, or when stationary by inserting the key in the door lock.