2012 Maserati GranCabrio Sport Uses a More Powerful and Fuel-Efficient Version of Maserati's

Maserati will be premiering the new GranCabrio Sport at the Geneva auto show on March 1st. Conceived to give the GranCabrio a harder-edged model to sit alongside the GranTurismo S and the Quattroporte Sport GT S , the Maserati GranCabrio Sport uses a more powerful and fuel-efficient version of Maserati's, all-alloy 4.7-litre V8, coupled with the ZF six-speed automatic transmission.

Visually, the Maserati GranCabrio Sport is characterised by a more-pronounced dynamic look. This look begins at the GranCabrio's distinctive nose with a black grille and a Trident with red accents. The headlights now have a black look with white sidemarks, while front corner splitters and the redesigned side skirts are both body coloured.

The Maserati GranCabrio Sport also debuts a new body colour for Maserati: Rosso Trionfale inspired by the red Italian national colours used on 1950s racing Maseratis - in 1957, Juan Manuel Fangio won his fifth F1 World Title at the wheel of a red Maserati 250F.

Specs engine, The new output level reaches 331 kW (450 PS / 444 bhp) and 510 Nm (376 lb-ft) of torque over the standard 440 PS (324 kW / 434 hp) while featuring a 6 percent reduction in fuel-economy. Transmission is a six-speed ZF automatic with the same MC Auto Shift software as in the Quattroporte Sport GT S and top speed is 285 km/h (177 mph).

This six-speed transmission is equipped with the super-fast MC Auto Shift software and has been developed for the Maserati GranCabrio Sport directly from the transmission in the Quattroporte Sport GT S. The MC Auto Shift provides optimised gearshift response resulting in an even-greater engagement.

The handling has received attention, too, with an upgrade and revision of the Skyhook active-suspension system - now with a sportier tuning - and the adoption of grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs.

The model goes on sale starting in the summer.

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