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Maserati GranCabrio 2018: воплощение стиля, роскоши и комфорта

Maserati GranCabrio 2018: воплощение стиля, роскоши и комфорта

Обзор Maserati GranCabrio 2018: внешний вид авто, внутреннее устройство, технические характеристики, безопасность, ценник и варианты комплектации. В конце статьи — видео-обзор модели!

Содержание обзора:

  • Внешний вид
  • Салон
  • Характеристики Maserati GranCabrio 2018
  • Системы безопасности
  • Стоимость и комплектации Мазерати Гран Кабрио 2018 года
  • Видео

В 2007 году знаменитая итальянская компания Maserati впервые представила купе GranTurismo, а уже спустя несколько месяцев было налажено её серийное производство. В 2010 году модель обзавелась версией с открытым верхом, получившей название Maserati GranCabrio.

Дебют рестайлинговой Maserati GranTurismo /GranCabrio состоялся в 2017 году возле дверей Нью-Йоркской фондовой биржи, а спустя время новинки засветились на ежегодном фестивале скорости, проходящем в Гудвуде.

Сразу стоит отметить, что автомобиль получил ряд визуальных изменений, обзавёлся ещё более качественным и современным салоном, а также получил продвинутую мультимедийную систему и доработанную техническую начинку, призванную подарить ещё больше эмоций и впечатлений от вождения.

Внешний облик Maserati GranTurismo

Сразу стоит подчеркнуть тот факт, что Maserati GranTurismo – один из самых крупных и стильных автомобилей класса GT из всех ныне представленных моделей на рынке. В ходе обновления автомобиль обзавёлся видоизмененной головной оптикой с полностью светодиодным наполнением, новым передним бампером с несколькими секциями воздухозаборников и спортивным сплиттером.

Профиль автомобиля выглядит максимально динамично и презентабельно, в чем видится заслуга длинного капота, куполообразной крыши, циркульных колёсных арок и элегантных выштамповок на боковинах.

Тут же стоит отметить, что профиль машины украшен аэродинамическими «жабрами», находящимися сразу за арками фронтальных колёс, а также фирменным логотипом «Maserati», обитающим в районе массивной задней стойки.

Согласно официальным данным, коэффициент аэродинамического сопротивления был снижен до 0,32 Сх, что стало возможным благодаря оптимизации конфигурации воздухозаборников и аэродинамических элементов авто.

Корма гранд-купе представлена крупными плафонами габаритных огней, небольшим спойлером, являющимся гармоничным продолжением крышки багажного отсека, а также видоизменённым задним бампером со спортивным диффузором и парой разнесённых по краям патрубков выпускной системы.

Внешние габариты нового GranTurismo имеют следующие параметры:

Длина, мм4910
Ширина, мм1915
Высота, мм1353
Колесная база, мм2942
Дорожный просвет, мм120

К большому сожалению, производитель не озвучивает информацию о таком параметре как дорожный просвет, который, по всей видимости, остался таким же, как и в модели 2007 года (минимум 120 мм).

Потенциальным обладателям новинки предложен выбор между 7 базовыми и 9 специальными вариантами расцветки кузова. Более того, предложен выбор между 13 вариациями легкосплавных дисков, что позволяет добиться максимальной эксклюзивности внешнего экстерьера.

Интерьер и комплектация

Салон новинки готов порадовать несколькими качественными улучшениями, главное из которых – новый мультимедийный комплекс Maserati Touch Control Plus с 8.4-дюймовым дисплеем. Управление системой осуществляется тремя способами: через сенсорный экран, посредством контроллера на центральном тоннеле или с помощью голосовых команд (Siri). В активе нового мультимедиа более качественная картинка с высоким разрешением, интерфейсы Apple CarPlay и Android Auto, навигация, слот для SD-карт и USB-разъем, Bluetooth. Вместе с появлением более крупного экрана была смещена вниз и видоизменена кнопочная панель климатической установки. Еще один блок архаичных кнопок, располагавшихся ранее под дисплеем, ушел в небытие. Зато на своем месте на самой верхушке консоли остались фирменные аналоговые часы Maserati, получившие, правда, чуть иное оформление.


Улучшенный интерьер с новой мультимедиа-системой

Покупателям нового Мазерати Гран Туризмо предложат на выбор до пяти вариантов внутренней отделки с применением высококлассных материалов. В качестве опции на ряде рынков будет доступно несколько схем обивки кожей Poltrona Frau, в частности, очень интересно выглядит комбинация Poltrona Frau black/Alcantara, простроченная красной контрастной нитью.


Задний ряд сидений

Стандартная комплектация рестайлинг-версии GranTurismo предусматривает наличие такого оборудования, как складной передний подлокотник с подсветкой, двухзонный климат-контроль, система автоматического включения света фар, круиз-контроль, электропривод открытия крышки багажника, датчики парковки, передние кресла с электрорегулировками. В списке опций значится продвинутая акустическая система Harman Kardon с 10-ю динамиками и 12-канальным усилителем мощностью 900 Вт. Разумеется, в наличии и масса электронных систем, осуществляющих постоянный контроль за движением автомобиля и помогающих водителю в экстремальных ситуациях.

Дорожные впечатления

Покупая Мазерати, всегда можно ожидать, что машина будет быстрой, манёвренной, лёгкой в обращении. Наслаждайтесь острыми ощущениями на скоростной автостраде, превосходной управляемостью автомобиля на извилистых загородных дорогах и восхищенными взглядами людей на городских улицах. 2018 Maserati GranCabrio — не просто праздник для глаз или игрушка для богатых, это ещё и превосходный исполнитель с замечательным безнаддувным 4,7-литровым V8, собранным вручную мастерами Ferrari. В базовой версии двигатель производит 440 л.с. с 490 Н·м крутящего момента — их достаточных для передвижения довольно тяжёлой машины с разгоном от нуля до ста км/ч за каких-то 5,4 секунды — впечатляющая цифра для почти пятиметрового автомобиля без фиксированного верха.

Как правило, крупные четырёхместные кабриолеты страдают от удаления крыши: отсутствии должной жесткости влечёт за собой тряску и вибрацию на неровных дорогах. Хорошая новость в том, что Maserati избавился от этих недостатков благодаря усилению шасси и кузова, сделавшему кабрио почти столь же жестким, как купе. С другой стороны, в результате модель стала весить около двух тонн, а дополнительная масса, как известно, притупляет производительность и вызывает повышенное потребление топлива. Большинство владельцев будет расходовать около 16 литров бензина каждые 100 км. Хотите более шуструю динамику и экономичность — смотрите на облегчённые модели с фиксированным верхом или двумя сиденьями.

Энергия передается на задние колёса через гладко переключающуюся шестиступенчатую полуавтоматическую коробку передач. Здесь имеется адаптивная система управления, регулирующая переключение передач в соответствии с вашими привычками и условиями вождения, и трёхрежимная система «Skyhook», корректирующая подвеску с активными амортизаторами, чтобы усилить мягкость хода или маневренность. Версия Sport оснащена регулируемой подвеской в качестве стандарта; МС и Centennial получают обычный вариант с более твердыми пружинами и усиленным передним стабилизатором поперечной устойчивости, а Skyhook доступен опционально.

2018 Maserati GranTurismo Coupe and Convertible

Same as it ever was, and that’s no bad thing.

When the Maserati GranTurismo made its debut in early 2007, George W. Bush lived in the White House, the iPhone hadn’t launched, and Chrysler had yet to crash on Fiat’s couch. A decade is a long time.

It’s a different world, even at Maserati. New Ghibli, Levante SUV, and Quattroporte models have increased the brand’s sales more than tenfold: Roughly 42,000 new Maseratis will be sold this year. But unlike those other models, the GranTurismo contains nary a trace of Chrysler. It remains very much a product of the old, pre-FCA Maserati and is still built on a shortened, two-door version of the platform used for the previous-generation Quattroporte, a car we remember fondly.

While the untrained eye might not see much difference between the 2008 GranTurismo and the 2018 GranTurismo, there have been many small changes over the years. The 2018 model has new bumpers at both ends that help lower the drag coefficient to ensure that this Maserati (in coupe form) can reach at least 185 mph. Spec it right, Maserati hints, and you’ll hit the European magic number of 300 km/h, which is 186 mph. There are new headlights, an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system shared with the Ghibli and some Chrysler products, the latest generation of Pirelli P Zero footwear, and a new analog clock.

The sole engine is still the 454-hp 4.7-liter V-8, which traces its gestation to the belly of the 1999 Ferrari 360 Modena and has been screaming ever since. A six-speed automatic is the only gearbox available. Switching to the latest eight-speed automatic was something Maserati didn’t want to spend on.

Brand-New Vintage GT

We thought we’d seen the mid-cycle refresh in 2013 and that 2018 might bring us a full replacement based on the Alfieri concept car. Instead, this re-refreshed GranTurismo is by no means a new car, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The GranTurismo’s interior, from the instrument panel to the rear seats (which really are suitable only for kids), is dressed in soft leathers with impeccable stitching. Unlike the newer Maseratis, there are no switches shared with a Jeep to spoil the mood. The GranTurismo is cast as Maserati’s halo car, and it doesn’t appear to be built to a cost, but rather to a near-Bentley standard.

Starting the Maranello-built V-8 requires sliding the key into the ignition and turning the tumbler, a quaint reminder of life in 2008. A cross-plane crankshaft gives the V-8 a distinct rip that’s muted in Normal mode and perfectly obnoxious when you open up the exhaust by pressing the Sport button.

Running this naturally aspirated engine to its 7500-rpm redline weakens your will and makes you forgiving of acceleration that hasn’t kept in step with our turbocharged times. Most cars at or just below the coupe’s $134,625 starting price easily outrun the GranTurismo, courtesy of forced induction. The convertible opens at $152,265. Internet commenters will scoff—rightly, for once—at what we estimate to be a 4.5-second zero-to-60-mph time, nearly 50 percent slower than the 3.1 seconds a Porsche 911 Carrera S needed in a recent test.

Electronically adjustable dampers in the base Sport model offer a calm ride even when set to their firmest mode. The supposedly more aggressive MC version’s single-mode dampers are also compliant enough for daily duty. Start pushing around the GranTurismo and it can’t hide its long, 115.8-inch wheelbase and more than two tons of mass. On tight mountain passes, it complies with your most absurd requests but with more body motion than any of the latest Mercedes-Benz SLs, not to mention the sportier Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-type. Grip is excellent, and the brakes are strong, if a little dead through the first bit of travel. The steering effort and its creamy responses recall a world before electrically assisted power steering gagged feel.

Comparison Is Odious

In a sense, the GranTurismo reminds us of when Acura redid the new-in-1990 NSX for 2002. It didn’t gain any extra power over the 2001 model, only a cosmetic and chassis refresh. As much as we still loved the NSX, the years had caught up to it, and we had to admit it wasn’t going to win any comparison tests. The GranTurismo is like that last NSX: It’s managing to hold back the years better than you’d expect and remains a joy to listen to and to drive.

It’s a bit underpowered for the class of 2018, which means it’s objectively behind more modern cars from Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Subjectively, the Maserati scores style points for its exterior design and the hand-built quality of its interior. Like every Maserati ever built, it toys with your emotions and suppresses rationality. Whenever that delayed Alfieri-like replacement arrives, it might be too soon for some of us.

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Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe or convertible

BASE PRICES: coupe, $134,625;
convertible, $152,265

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection

Displacement: 286 cu in, 4691 cc
Power: 454 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 384 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 115.8 in
Length: 193.3-193.7 in
Width: 75.4 in Height: 54.3 in
Curb weight (C/D est): 4400-4600 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph: 4.5-4.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.0-13.2 sec
Top speed: 178-187 mph

FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA combined/city/highway: 15-16/13/20-21 mpg

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Like an aging Italian wine, the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo is still smooth, tasty and satisfying — if a little behind the times.

The GranTurismo is ready for its update, as almost all competitors have shifted to turbocharged engines, transmissions with more gears, electronically adaptive suspensions and advanced connectivity options. The GranTurismo instead banks on its looks, heritage and ongoing cachet, of which it has plenty.

What’s the difference between a sports car and a grand touring car? It’s a subtle distinction, but an important one when discussing expensive or exotic machinery like the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo convertible seen here. This grand touring car, a “GT,” is meant to be fast, but it’s not meant to be a track star. You could take a GT onto a track for some fun, but you’re much more likely to take one down a coastal road to dinner on the shore with a couple of friends along. GTs tend to have more seats, a softer ride and handling, and more creature comforts than sports cars. The Maserati GranTurismo I spent some time with recently fits this role perfectly.

The public thinks Maseratis are pretty special. The Italian luxury brand (owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) slots in above FCA’s Alfa Romeo brand in terms of prestige, but much of the road-going public still thinks of Maserati as something akin to Lamborghini, Ferrari or McLaren in terms of exoticness. It’s not exactly true — Maseratis are indeed nice cars, but their bespoke specialness isn’t quite at the level of those rarified beasts. At least not nowadays, and FCA is OK with this, ramping up Maserati to far more volume than it has ever sold in the past.

The GranTurismo convertible is not really part of that volume plan, however. This is something of a holdover from the older days of Maserati — this specific car actually predates the formation of FCA. It was created from a. Show full review

What’s the difference between a sports car and a grand touring car? It’s a subtle distinction, but an important one when discussing expensive or exotic machinery like the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo convertible seen here. This grand touring car, a “GT,” is meant to be fast, but it’s not meant to be a track star. You could take a GT onto a track for some fun, but you’re much more likely to take one down a coastal road to dinner on the shore with a couple of friends along. GTs tend to have more seats, a softer ride and handling, and more creature comforts than sports cars. The Maserati GranTurismo I spent some time with recently fits this role perfectly.

The public thinks Maseratis are pretty special. The Italian luxury brand (owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) slots in above FCA’s Alfa Romeo brand in terms of prestige, but much of the road-going public still thinks of Maserati as something akin to Lamborghini, Ferrari or McLaren in terms of exoticness. It’s not exactly true — Maseratis are indeed nice cars, but their bespoke specialness isn’t quite at the level of those rarified beasts. At least not nowadays, and FCA is OK with this, ramping up Maserati to far more volume than it has ever sold in the past.

The GranTurismo convertible is not really part of that volume plan, however. This is something of a holdover from the older days of Maserati — this specific car actually predates the formation of FCA. It was created from a platform introduced nearly 15 years ago, and it hasn’t seen a major update since its introduction in 2008. According to FCA’s grand five-year business plan, it’s due to be replaced by 2022 with a fully updated coupe and convertible based on the gorgeous 2014 Alfieri concept. That means the GranTurismo is going to soldier on for another few years as seen here, which warrants a closer look.

The Body of a Supermodel

Despite being an older design, the GranTurismo still turns plenty of heads. Two things immediately strike observers about this car: its dramatically pointy snoot and its copious overall length. The hood is remarkably low because this is actually a mid-engine car — while the engine is in front of the cockpit, it’s located entirely behind the front axle line. This affects the car’s weight distribution and handling, but also allows designers to give it a long, low look and to provide a pair of seats behind the front occupants that are actually able to carry real-sized humans.

The styling is very traditional, however, and is starting to look dated, but comparing it to its contemporary competitors is difficult as there really aren’t any direct competitors anymore. Traditional 2+2 coupes and the convertibles on which they’re based all have been replaced with the new “four-door coupe” idea, as we now have the BMW 6 Series going all four-door for 2019, the Mercedes-Benz CLS as a four-door and other large coupes like the Jaguar XK simply being dropped in favor of smaller models like the F-Type. I’ll posit that the GranTurismo currently stacks up best against things like the Mercedes-Benz SL, itself a grand touring car despite its two-seat-only layout, and the Lexus LC 500. One might be tempted to put it up against things like the Bentley Continental GT or Aston Martin DB11, but the Maserati is far less expensive and exclusive than either of those super-lux coupes.

The Heart of a Prancing Horse

Pop the hood and marvel at the naturally aspirated V-8 engine, nestled way far back in the engine bay. That’s a Ferrari-derived-and-assembled 4.7-liter V-8 making 454 horsepower, which it delivers to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission. If this seems like a slightly outdated powertrain in these days of 10-speed transmissions and small, twin-turbocharged V-6 and V-8 motors, that’s because it is. Maserati itself offers a 550-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 in the much newer Ghibli sedan and Levante SUV. But just because the GranTurismo’s engine is older doesn’t mean it isn’t still a sweetheart of an engine. The song this Ferrari V-8 sings is one of the most melodious tunes you’re likely to hear emanate from some tailpipes, but you get to hear it only under certain conditions.

There are three drive modes and two transmission modes to choose from, which doesn’t sound like much adaptability compared with most modern GTs. And here’s the issue: If you want to extract the maximum glorious sound from this V-8, you have to put the drive mode in Sport, the transmission mode in Manual and shift the gears yourself. Otherwise, the engine is far too muted to truly be enjoyed, masking the GranTurismo’s more exotic roots to passersby. When in Normal mode, it may as well be a family sedan. Keep things dialed into maximum Sport mode, use the enormous paddle shifters behind the steering wheel and you’ll find a bigger smile on your face than you otherwise would. You drive a car like this to be noticed — not to slink around town in stealth mode.

Acceleration from the big V-8 is brisk, but not brutal. With only six speeds, the transmission is geared more toward cruising than drag racing, but it will still throw you back in the seat with plenty of force when you mash the go-pedal. The handling is best described as balanced. The rearward position of the engine helps with weight distribution, which yields positive results. The GranTurismo feels heavy and stable, but it can still hustle between corners with an entertaining zest. Changing to Sport mode stiffens up the steering and shock absorbers but not so much as to be uncomfortable over broken pavement.

My drive all over southeast Michigan for a week saw a variety of road conditions, and not once did the GranTurismo fail to deliver on the promise of being a classy, comfortable, stylish cruiser. My only quibble with the car’s performance is with the brakes — the first few inches of pedal travel are basically dead air, with nothing happening until you really put your foot down hard. Once they bite, the Maserati’s brakes are plenty tight, but that unusual behavior does make it challenging to drive smoothly in stop-and-go traffic.

Fuel economy isn’t much of a consideration in a vehicle like this, but for those who are curious, the GranTurismo convertible is EPA-rated at 13/20/15 mpg city/highway/combined, and my weeklong stint in one with a rather heavy foot returned an acceptable 17 mpg overall. Competitors like the Mercedes-Benz SL550 tend to do better, rated at 17/25/20 mpg, thanks to three additional gears in its transmission.

The Interior of a 1990s Fiat

OK, that subhead might be a bit harsh. While the GranTurismo’s interior is decidedly dated, it’s still covered in sumptuous, quilted leather and screwed together with a palpable precision. Seat yourself in the spacious, comfortable bucket sport seats, and you’re treated to black leather with red stitching, carbon fiber trim, big, easily legible gauges and a quality feel to all of it.

Sadly, you’re also facing a central gauge cluster that features a monochromatic LCD screen straight out of the 1990s, green backlit climate control buttons from the same era and controls that feel similarly dated. Ironically, that old climate control panel sits below the latest and greatest FCA Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen running Maserati-brand multimedia software, which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s an odd mish-mash of old and new in the GranTurismo, with some pieces updated from the FCA parts bin and others holding over from the days before FCA was a thing. Somehow, it all still works, proving that you don’t throw something out just because it’s not state-of-the-art. But when you compare it with competitors, let’s just say that the new Alfieri can’t get here soon enough.

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The model I drove was the convertible, featuring a fabric top that retreats under a hard tonneau cover. The top works quickly and smoothly, but watching it descend will give owners some potential heartburn as you realize the top is a convoluted contraption of cables and straps that looks certain to wear out sooner rather than later in the car’s life. The length of the GranTurismo necessitates a long roof, however, so some element of cantilevered design had to work its way into the folding lid. If it gives you pause as well, consider the extended warranty for this part. Top up, the GranTurismo is reasonably quiet, with most of the exterior noise coming in through the rear quarter windows. Top down, you get to hear the wonderful engine more easily, and wind buffeting is impressively absent, even without the bulky air deflector installed aft of the front seats.

That air deflector folds up and stores in what little trunk space there is, effectively rendering the trunk useless. Without the deflector, it can hold one, maybe two soft-sided duffel bags, but nothing more. Rigid panels cordon off space for the folding top mechanism to the detriment of a usable trunk. The coupe has much more room back there, but if you absolutely need more than a duffel or two, you’ll be placing it in the backseat instead.

Priced to Keep It Rare

Despite the boom in sales that Maserati has enjoyed, the GranTurismo is still priced to put it in rarified air and guarantee that you’re not going to see one on every street corner. The base price is $150,650 for a Sport convertible, with my test vehicle adding a couple of custom color and trim options to top out at $157,090 (all prices include destination charges). If you want something slightly more sporty, you can opt for the MC trim, which is a tick quicker to 60 mph, has slightly different interior appointments, and adds about $13,000 to the sticker price before options.

Competitors are increasingly rare, as big, rear-wheel-drive luxury coupes are about as popular as smallpox these days. Many have fallen by the wayside, but there are still a few grand touring coupes that fit the bill. The Lexus LC 500 might be the closest competitor, with far wilder styling that probably won’t prove quite as timeless as the Maserati’s in a decade’s time, but with a much more modern interior and superior technology. The Mercedes-Benz SL550 is due for a refresh of its own and is actually cheaper than the GranTurismo but still features a more up-to-date powertrain. The Jaguar F-Type is smaller and less expensive but can be optioned up to match prices with the Maserati and unlike the Lexus is also available in convertible form. Compare all four models here.

Maserati уже пообещала тотальную электрификацию модельного ряда, и, как оказалось, слова у компании с делом не расходятся: опытные образцы электрических спорткаров уже готовы. Особое внимание в фирме уделяют звучанию будущих электромобилей, так как считают, что фирменный «саунд» моторов Maserati является такой же составляющей их образа, как технические характеристики или внешний дизайн.

И полностью электрические Maserati отнюдь не будут полностью бесшумными: разработка «звукоряда» для них тоже идет полным ходом. Компания уже дала возможность оценить один из вариантов звучания будущих электромобилей, опубликовав фирменный саундтрек и попутно обозначив примерную дату дебюта. В конце ролика на экране появляются символы MMXXI – что можно расценивать, как число 2021, записанное римскими цифрами. И первым электрическим «Мазерати» должна стать модель GranTurismo нового поколения.

Галерея: 2018 Maserati GranTurismo: первая поездка

Стоит также отметить, что все требуемые разработки компания ведет самостоятельно, не обращаясь за помощью к возможным техническим партнерам. Утверждается, что уже построено несколько электрических прототипов, которые проходят серию суровых испытаний.

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The music is changing: Maserati starts testing its first 100% electric powertrain

Modena, 23 January 2020 – Implementing its plans for the electrification of its range, as previously announced, Maserati has started the testing phase of its new full electric propulsion systems that will equip the future models of the Brand.

Some experimental vehicles have now been built equipped with the new innovative powertrain, 100% electric with 100% Maserati technology, developed at the new Innovation Lab in Modena.

During this experimental phase, the sound that will characterise the electric engine will also be developed.
The next full electric models will have a distinctive signature sound, already a unique attribute of all Maserati cars equipped with traditional combustion engines. Customers will therefore benefit from 100% electric propulsion vehicles that will combine driving pleasure, comfort and performance with a unique and unmistakable sound.

Thanks to the tests conducted in various conditions of use on both road and track, important data will be acquired for the development and definition of the new electric powertrains, which will be used for future models in the Maserati range.

The new Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be the Brand’s first cars to adopt 100% electric solutions and will be built at the Turin production hub.

2018 Maserati GranCabrio Opens Up In Australia

Maserati GranCabrio – The epitome of open top grand touring to a magnificent sound track, the Maserati GranCabrio, has been enhanced and refined for 2018 and it is now available in Australia.

“The Maserati GranCabrio can trace its sensuous lines directly to its ancestor, the 1950 A6G Frua Spyder – a highly exclusive production convertible with a race car engine – and although many parts of the orchestration have changed, the song remains the same 68 years later,” explains Glen Sealey, Chief Operating Officer of Maserati Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

“Maserati has taken a classic naturally aspirated V8 engine, versions of which have been used in motorsport, and placed it in a body that has the flowing, graceful lines of sports car and yet luxury and space of a four-seat grand tourer.

Roof up or roof down, the style and the driving experience, accompanied by the glorious sound of that V8 engine is as unique as it is intoxicating.

For 2018 the GranCabrio’s lines have been sharpened, its features enhanced and there is a choice of two equally beguiling versions, both of which epitomize Maserati and its values of style, performance and exclusivity.”

The Maserati GranCabrio – the convertible interpretation of the iconic GranTurismo – made its world debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Designed by Pininfarina, it offers the joys of luxury grand touring in a full four-seater from a breathtaking new perspective. The new model features a subtle restyle that respects the dramatic elegance of the original.

The timeless design is accompanied by the exhilarating, inspirational performance of a naturally aspirated, Maranello-built V8 engine and the hand-crafted comfort of four individual Poltrona Frau® seats.

In short, the GranCabrio is the ultimate expression of luxurious, open-top grand touring at its authentic, exclusive best.

The GranCabrio, together with its GranTurismo sibling, is assembled at the historic Maserati plant of Viale Ciro Menotti in Modena, following the highest manufacturing and quality control standards in the world. More than 37,000 GranCabrio and GranTurismo models have been sold globally since 2007.

MY18 range, restyling and driver interface

The GranCabrio range has been streamlined for 2018 and two well-defined versions will be offered – Sport and MC.

While the Sport and MC share the same powertrain and interior personalization packages, each has its own unique character. Both the GranCabrio MC – short for Maserati Corse – and the GranTurismo MC take on important ambassadorial roles for the entire Maserati range, representing the company’s long and illustrious racing heritage.

Both the GranCabrio Sport and GranCabrio MC are equipped with the legendary 4.7-litre V8 engine, producing 460 bhp at 7,000 rpm and 520 Nm at 4,750rpm.

The naturally aspirated unit is hand-assembled by Ferrari in Maranello and weighs only 175kg.

It also features a wet sump and, exclusive to Maserati, a cross-plane crankshaft for unrivalled throttle response, free-revving characteristics and a thrilling Maserati signature sound.

All that race-bred power is transferred via a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox with MC Auto Shift programming, which features a wide array of technologies proven in other Maserati models. They include five selectable operating modes.

When it came to the 2018 restyle, the timeless Pininfarina design was treated with the utmost respect by the Maserati Design Centre. The results, among others, are even better aerodynamic efficiency and compliance with the latest pedestrian safety regulations.

The new front and rear bumpers of the MY18 GranCabrio elegantly refine the visual impact of the striking original styling. The Sport and MC share the same basic features, although each has unique inserts to accentuate its distinctive character.

Additionally, the headlights for each model are slightly restyled for 2018, while a new rear parking camera is now integrated.

The front bumper features a larger, hexagonal grille with a ‘shark nose’ profile and a chrome insert all around. The new nose is inspired by the sensational Alfieri Concept car and adds a three-dimensional effect to the front view. This design also helps optimize airflow distribution and reduce aerodynamic drag.

The bumper’s lateral air ducts, introduced in the GranTurismo MC Stradale and adopted across the entire GranCabrio range in 2012, are redesigned for 2018.

By visually pushing the car’s weight towards the front wheels, they convey a heightened sense of dynamic stability, while also contributing to improved aerodynamic efficiency.

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The central splitter is the element that most clearly distinguishes the two versions, and the GranCabrio MC boasts an even more pronounced design, giving greater emphasis to the motor racing pedigree.

The new front bumper and redesigned air splitter, meanwhile, substantially reduce aerodynamic drag from 0.35 to 0.33.

The headlights for 2018 maintain the same profile and LED/Bi-Xenon functionality, but feature discreet, internal restyling. This includes reshaped LED Daytime Running Lights, grooved housing in the Xenon lamp areas and the Maserati inscription in low relief. Additionally, the MC version’s headlights feature a darker finish.

While the sleek body of the GranCabrio remains untouched, the rear bumper has been redesigned with the sole aim of emphasizing the natural elegance of this iconic convertible. With its neater, more cohesive design, the new bumper further accentuates the impression of stability, while adding a graceful finishing touch to the car’s unmistakable silhouette.

The central diffuser is specific to each version. The emphasis is on elegance with the GranCabrio Sport, with the oval exhaust outlets appearing at the bumper’s edges. The GranCabrio MC is decisively sportier, with round outlets coming through the central, transparent diffuser.

The exhaust system of the MC version is lighter and has a totally different shape and function. When in Sport mode, a valve channels exhaust gases so they completely bypass the silencer. This reduces back pressure and creates a breathtakingly sporty sound.

The exterior of the MY18 GranCabrio is available in 16 colours. A brand new three-layer colour is introduced (Blu Assoluto), while four more three-layer colours – are now available on the entire range.

There is a range of 14 light alloy wheels in six designs, one of which is in forged aluminium, and an exterior carbon package is offered both for Sport and MC versions.

The MY18 GranCabrio is fitted with new, lightweight, fourth-generation Pirelli P Zero™ tyres. These contribute to a reduction in unsprung weight plus better suspension performance and tyre grip.

The new P Zero™ is designed to improve braking distances in dry and wet conditions by 4% and 5% respectively, while offering better mileage by at least 30%.

The elegant interior of the GranCabrio offers unparalleled comfort thanks to its four individual, Poltrona Frau® leather seats with integrated headrests.

For 2018, the dashboard features a more sculptured design in the passenger area, complemented in high-fashion style by stitched leather finishes.

The centrepiece of the dashboard is now a high-resolution, 8.4” capacitive touchscreen. The GranCabrio system is in line with those featured in the other Maserati models and compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions.

Both models also now feature the high-end Harman Kardon Premium Sound system as standard.

The climate and seat heating control are not integrated into the touchscreen function, although the central console area is still significantly neater, with fewer buttons than before.

The lower console is redesigned to accommodate a user-friendly, double rotary dial – now a standard feature in all Maserati models. Positioned next to the gear lever, this a high-quality component in forged aluminium. The driving modes button cluster is now in front of the gear lever.

Another interior refinement is a new Maserati clock with a double dial in a slightly more prominent position at the centre of the dashboard.

For 2018, there are eight interior colours and five interior trim options – from Carbon Fibre to Black Piano and Walnut Briarwood. All are available on the Sport and MC. There are also three Special Edition interior packages as well as an optional new Centennial Pack in four colour combinations for both GranCabrio versions.

Maserati GranCabrio MY18 – highlights

  • Streamlined range, now two versions, Sport and MC
  • Exterior restyling includes new bumpers, grille and front air ducts
  • Drag coefficient improved to 0.33
  • Naturally aspirated 4.7-litre V8 with 460hp
  • Six-speed ZF automatic gearbox
  • New infotainment system
  • 4” high-resolution, capacitive touchscreen
  • Redesigned central console with double rotary control
  • Compatibility with Apple Car Play and Android Auto
  • New double dial Maserati clock
  • Standard Harman Kardon Premium Sound system
  • New rear view camera with dynamic gridlines
GRANCABRIO SPORTGRANCABRIO MC
Engine layoutPetrol 90º V8 naturally aspirated
Displacement (cc)4,691
Max. power (kW / bhp @ rpm)338 / 460 @ 7,000
Peak torque (Nm @ rpm)520 @ 4,750
Fuel consumption l/100km14.5
CO2 (g/km)337
0-100km/h (sec)5.04.9
Top speed (km/h, roof closed)288291
GearboxSix-speed ZF Automatic (MC Auto Shift)
TransmissionRWD, limited slip differential
Suspension, frontDouble wishbone
Sport Skyhook dampers
Double wishbone
Suspension, rearDouble wishbone
Sport Skyhook dampers
Double wishbone
Length/width/height (mm)4,910/1,915/1,3804,920/1,915/1,380
Wheelbase (mm)2,9422,942

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Maserati GranTurismo/GranCabrio 2018

Maserati schickt den GranTurismo und das GranCabrio mit einem Facelift ins neue Modelljahr. Die 2018er-Modelle werden im Innenraum überarbeitet, das Exterieur wird aufgefrischt und auch an der Technik wurde nachgefeilt.

Nordamerika ist der wichtigste Markt für den Maserati GranTurismo, entsprechend wählten die Italiener die New Yorker Wall Street um der Öffentlichkeit die Facelift-Version des sportlichen Reisewagens zu präsentieren.Direkt vor der New Yorker Börse enthüllte Maserati-Boss Reid Bigland den neuen Modelljahrgang.

Die Modellpflege am Maserati GranTurismo betrifft das Exterieur, das Interieur und Technologie gleichermaßen und wird neben dem GranTurismo auch dem GranCabrio zu Gute kommen. Die Auffrischung soll dem 2007 eingeführten und bislang 37.000 mal verkauften Sportwagen Schwung für die zweite Hälfte seines Lebenszyklus’ verleihen.

Antriebstechnik unverändert, Aerodynamik optimiert

Von Maserati GranTurismo und natürlich analog auch vom Maserati GranCabrio wird es künftig jeweils zwei Modellvarianten geben: Die Version Sport und den MC, wobei das Kürzel für Maserati Corse, die Rennabteilung des Unternehmens, steht.

In beiden Versionen wird der Maserati GranTurismo vom bekannten 4,7-Liter-V8 angetrieben, der von Ferrari in Maranello handgefertigt wird. Der Saugmotor leistet 460 PS bei 7.000/min und stellt ein maximales Drehmoment von 520 Newtonmetern zur Verfügung. Die Kraftübertragung auf die Hinterräder erfolgt ausschließlich über ein Sechsgang-Automatikgetriebe von ZF, das direkt an den Motor angeflanscht ist.

Zu erkennen ist die neue Maserati GranTurismo-Generation unter anderem an einer optimierten Aerodynamik. Der neue „Sharknose“-Sechskant-Kühlergrill ist vom Konzeptfahrzeug Alfieri inspiriert und verleiht der frontalen Fahrzeugansicht einen dreidimensionalen Effekt. Zusammen mit den neu gestalteten unteren Luftkanälen soll der Grill die Verteilung des Luftstroms verbessern und so den Luftwiderstandsbeiwert von cW 0,33 auf 0,32 senken. Der hintere Stoßfänger am Maserati GranTurismo wurde ebenfalls neu gestaltet. Hier gibt es zwei Varianten für das Sport- und das MC-Modell.

Da sich bei der Leistung nichts ändert, bleiben trotz optimierter Aerodynamik auch die Fahrleistungen auf nahezu unverändertem Niveau. Der neue Maserati GranTurismo Sport beschleunigt von Null auf 100 km/h in 4,8 Sekunden. Er erreicht eine Höchstgeschwindigkeit von 299 km/h. Der etwas leichtere Maserati GranTurismo MC spurtet in 4,7 Sekunden auf 100 km/h und kommt auf eine Höchstgeschwindigkeit von 301 km/h.

Neuer großer Touchscreen

Der Innenraum von GranTurismo und GranCabrio bietet auch weiterhin Platz für vier Erwachsene. Die Lederausstattung stammt von Poltrona Frau. Alternativ sind Coupé und Cabrio auch mit einer Kombination aus Leder und Alcantara erhältlich.

Neu im Angebot zum Modelljahr 2018 verfügen GranTurismo und GranCabrio über einen hochauflösenden 8,4-Zoll-Touchscreen sowie über ein Harman Kardon Premium Sound System. Das Infotainmentsystem ist sowohl mit den Smartphone-Spiegelfunktionen Apple CarPlay als auch mit Android Auto kompatibel. Bedient wird es mit einem doppelten Drehknopf aus geschmiedetem Aluminium, der in der neu gestalteten Mittelkonsole platziert ist. Die Bedienelemente für die verschiedenen Fahrmodi befinden sich an der unteren Mittelkonsole neben dem Schaltknauf.

Die Preise für die überarbeiteten Maserati-Modelle starten ab 126.100 Euro für das Coupé GranTurismo Sport, in der MC-Version werden wenigstens 149.250 Euro gefordert. Das GranCabrio kostet in der Sport-Variante ab 143.200 Euro, für das GranCabrio MC werden Preise ab 154.650 Euro verlangt. Bestellbar sind die neuen Maserati-Modelle ab sofort.

Der aktuelle Maserati Ghibli startete seine Karriere im Jahr 2013. Für 2017 bekommt der Italiener einen frischen Look verpasst. Premiere hatte er auf der Chengdu Motorshow in China gefeiert. Aber auch auf der IAA war er zu sehen. Jetzt startet er zu Preisen ab 66.600 Euro in den Markt.

Der aktuelle Maserati Ghibli startete seine Karriere im Jahr 2013. Für 2017 bekommt der Italiener einen frischen Look verpasst. Premiere hatte er auf der Chengdu Motorshow in China gefeiert. Aber auch auf der IAA war er zu sehen. Jetzt startet er zu Preisen ab 66.600 Euro in den Markt.

Der 50-jährige Kanadier Reid Bigland führt seit einem Jahr die Geschicke von Alfa Romeo und Maserati im Fiat-Chrysler-Konzern. Während Alfa mit den neuen Modellen Giulia und Stelvio an frühere Erfolge anknüpfen will, profitiert die Luxusmarke Maserati derzeit von der hohen Nachfrage nach dem SUV Levante.

Der 50-jährige Kanadier Reid Bigland führt seit einem Jahr die Geschicke von Alfa Romeo und Maserati im Fiat-Chrysler-Konzern. Während Alfa mit den neuen Modellen Giulia und Stelvio an frühere Erfolge anknüpfen will, profitiert die Luxusmarke Maserati derzeit von der hohen Nachfrage nach dem SUV Levante.

Der 50-jährige Kanadier Reid Bigland führt seit einem Jahr die Geschicke von Alfa Romeo und Maserati im Fiat-Chrysler-Konzern. Während Alfa mit den neuen Modellen Giulia und Stelvio an frühere Erfolge anknüpfen will, profitiert die Luxusmarke Maserati derzeit von der hohen Nachfrage nach dem SUV Levante.

Der aktuelle Maserati Ghibli startete seine Karriere im Jahr 2013. Für.

Der 50-jährige Kanadier Reid Bigland führt seit einem Jahr die Geschicke.

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