What is it?
Not only will you need to be a true extrovert to drive the sensationally loud, undeniably gorgeous new Maserati GranSport Cabrio, you’ll also need to be exceedingly wealthy, too. For when it goes on sale in ‘early autumn’ this car will cost £102,615, and as such it’ll be competing with some of the world’s most desirable convertibles.
Yet in its way the dramatically elegant, much improved Maserati is easily capable of pulling it off. Rumble along any stretch of road, anywhere in the world, and you will get noticed in this car without any problem at all. And my goodness will you be heard as well as seen.
The key improvements include various upgrades both to the styling and what lies beneath, hence there are 15 per cent stiffer springs, thicker anti-roll bars, a 10bhp power increase for the 4.7-litre V8 and a brand new electronic damping system. But it’s what happens when you press the button marked sport, just to the right of the steering wheel, which makes the biggest difference of all.
What’s it like?
Pretty wonderful to be honest, so long as you find the right road, the right weather and have the right attitude with which to drive it. But the key thing to realise is that despite the addition of a range of upgrades intended to make it more sporting, the GranCabrio Sport isn’t the bone rattling madman of a car you’d half expect it to be. It’s actually a much more complete machine than the regular GranCab, featuring a more mature ride, crisper feeling steering, much better body control and an exhaust note to die for – so long as you press the right button.