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Maserati GranCabrio: Bringing some sunshine to Frankfurt

For some people the global financial crisis is an event that's only been observed on their 60-inch TVs. If you're one of those people, or know enough of those people, then the GranCabrio is probably for you.

Derek Fung
Derek loves nothing more than punching a remote location into a GPS, queuing up some music and heading out on a long drive, so it's a good thing he's in charge of CNET Australia's Car Tech channel.
Antuan Goodwin Reviews Editor / Cars
Antuan Goodwin gained his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and electrification to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable.
Expertise Reviewing cars and car technology since 2008 focusing on electrification, driver assistance and infotainment Credentials
  • North American Car, Truck and SUV of the Year (NACTOY) Awards Juror
Derek Fung
Antuan Goodwin
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Going topless

For some people the global financial crisis is an event that's only been observed on their 60-inch TVs. If you're one of those people, or know enough of those people, then the GranCabrio is probably for you.

Although it's not the first Maserati to drop its top, the Maserati GranCabrio will be the first four-seater convertible in Maserati history and joins the Quattroporte (literally four-door) and GranTurismo coupe as the third vehicle in Maserati's current product line-up.

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A lot of wind in your hair

The GranCabrio is powered by the same 4.7-litre V8 found in the GranTurismo S and Quattroporte S. In this case it develops 323kW of power. No word yet on performance or economy figures.

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It's all about timing

Following its debut in Frankfurt, Maserati will begin sales of the GranCabrio in Australia in the third quarter of 2010, just in time for spring. Naturally, pricing and specifications won't be available until closer to that date.

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Big

Maserati claims that the GranCabrio will have the longest wheelbase of any convertible on the market. If it truly is longer than the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, this will be a truly gargantuan vehicle.

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