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Novitec Maserati GranCabrio

One of the most beautiful cars ever launched by the Italian automaker Maserati is without any doubt the GranCabrio. The standard drop-top variant of the GT packs a V8 4.7-liter engine that produces 440 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 362 lb.-ft (490 Nm) of torque @ 4,750 rpm.

Novitec Maserati GranCabrio

The engineers over at Novitec felt that there is still room for improvement and they’ve installed a brand new supercharger, a water-cooled intercooler, along with a remapped ECU. The result? 590 hp @ 7,300 rpm and 421 lb.-ft (572 Nm), enough for a 0-60 mph sprint time in only 4.5 seconds.

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SR Project 2011 Maserati GranTurismo Draken

The guys over at SR Project have teamed up with Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver in order to develop this exquisite GranCabrio for the 2011 edition of the Vancouver International Auto Show. Dubbed “Draken”, it comes with an improved suspension, a brand new set of rims and a couple of exterior updates.

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Formula 1 drivers aren’t exactly the poorest guys on Earth, so they usually afford to buy quite a lot of cars for off the track use. But for those who are racing for a manufacturer-owned team, the company car is given to them for free.

This is what happened to two-time F1 champ Fernando Alonso, who won the first race of the 2010 season in Bahrain for Ferrari. After his switch from Renault to the Italian team, the Spanish driver was left without a car, as the Megane RS was returned.

Seeing as how the guy barely had enough money for something decent, Ferrari decided to hook him up with a model from the Fiat family. No, it’s not a Panda, but a Maserati GranCabrio convertible. It seems that Alonso had enough of driving fast but not so comfortable sportscars, and decided that a comfy GranCabrio would be perfect.

The model, powered by a 4.7-liter V8, capable of 440 HP, has been decked out with some special features, and will be showcased by Alonso everywhere he goes. While he will be enjoying the open top fun between F1 races, we’ll be here wondering what it’s like to live such a life.


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It’s been a while since we saw an important debut in the Maserati booth at a major auto show, but next month, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Italian car maker will show the all-new Maserati GranCabrio, the first four-seater convertible in their history. Though the press release says Maserati has now three different families of models (Quattroporte, GranTurismo and GranCabrio), the new model is basically the convertible version of the GranTurismo, which everyone thought it would be called the GranTurismo Spider.

However, the car looks great and it will definitely be a strong competitor in the four-seats convertible market. What I really like is the was Maserati presented the four-seats feature in the press release: “Four proper seats, so that the rear passengers are not merely supporting actors, but co-stars of the journey.” Still, we’ll have to wait a few weeks until the show to see if those back seats are truly as comfortable as they say.

Under the hood, the Maserati GranCabrio will be powered by the same 440 hp (323 kW) 4.7-liter V8 from the GranTurismo S. Maserati hasn’t released the performance numbers yet, but we expect it to be a little slower than the GranTurismo S, which sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 193 mph (295 km/h).

Like we said before, the new GranCabrio will make its official world debut on September 15, at the Frankfurt show, with sales scheduled to start this winter and first deliveries next spring.

Photo Gallery: The new Maserati GranTurismo


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