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Maserati chops off the top of its GranTurismo

Meet the aptly named GranCabrio

The GranCabrio is simply a convertible GranTurismo. PHOTO FROM MASERATI

Following on from the GranTurismo coupe, Maserati has now unveiled the open-top version of its long range cruiser. Called the GranCabrio, the 2+2 seater combines flowing lines with ample power and a fabric roof.

Of course, this isn’t the first GranCabrio from the Italian firm. Back in 2009, Maserati, now under the wing of the Stellantis conglomerate, unveiled the earlier version of this model at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It rolled into showrooms in 2010, and was on sale until 2019.

Now, the company is bringing the popular soft top back, but while it may look similar to the earlier version, it is of course a totally new carjust like the new GT Coupe.

Does the GranTurismo look better without a roof? PHOTOS FROM MASERATI

Built on the same new aluminum architecture, the convertible weighs in at 1,895kg, which is around 100kg heavier than the closed roof version.

A slightly refined design with different headlights, grille, side mirrors, and door handles gives this drop-top the elegant and muscular appearance you’d expect from it, and the new rear lights and bumper also round it off nicely at the back.

The main attraction is having an al fresco driving experience for four. PHOTOS FROM MASERATI

Many manufacturers prefer metal roofs these days, but Maserati is sticking with a fabric hood that opens in just 14 seconds and up to speeds of 50km/h.

The thermally and acoustically insulated roof comes in five colors, and an optional wind deflector spanning the rear seats is available to keep the breeze under control.

Trofeo means you get the best engine Maserati has to offer. PHOTOS FROM MASERATI

That breezeor storm if you put your foot downis created by the familiar Nettuno 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, and the launch edition of this al fresco cruiser features it in Trofeo trim, where it churns out 542hp and 650Nm. Power is transmitted via an eight-speed ZF dual-clutch transmission, and if you’re brave enough, you can face the elements up to 316km/h.

Four driving modes (Comfort, GT, Sport, and Corsa) are available depending on the requirements of the driver, while 20-inch rims with 265/30 rubber at the front and 21-inch wheels with 295/30 boots at the rear give it a tidy stance and hopefully great traction.

You probably would want to protect this cabin from the elements. PHOTO FROM MASERATI

The GranCabrio’s cockpit design mirrors that of the GranTurismo, and the driver is greeted with a customizable 12-inch display, while a heads-up display is available as an option.

The multifunction steering wheel features fixed paddle shifters, and the center console houses three additional screens: a small round clock display on top, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen below it, and an 8.8-inch screen with climate controls and other functions at a slightly angled position.

The usual luxury accoutrements from Maserati are here. PHOTOS FROM MASERATI

If the engine sound alone isn’t enough for you, then a premium audio system with 13 speakers comes as standard. A 16-speaker Sonus Faber surround-sound system is available as an option. The entertainment is controlled through the Maserati Intelligent Assistant, an operating system based on Android Automotive, while various driver-assistance programs try to keep everyone safe.

There’s even a Maserati Guard feature that will alert you if the car is broken into or stolen, and help with its recovery by law enforcement.

It's still nice to see convertibles alive and kicking in the luxury space. PHOTOS FROM MASERATI

You can have your GranCabrio painted in one of six colors: Bianco Astro, Nero Assoluto, Blu Modena, Green Metallic, Grigio Incognito, and Grigio Maratea Matte. Or pay a bit more and choose from one of 26 new special colors.

Of course, there’s always the option to go wild with Maserati’s Fuoriserie customization program. Prices for this looker haven’t been released yet, but do expect it to book in above the closed roof version, which is due to arrive on our shores shortly.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.