2011 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The Italian automaker's latest performance model will arrive this August at U.S. dealers, rebadged as the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport.
- Highlights include a more powerful engine and tauter suspension tuning.
- The car also gets some modest exterior tweaks.
GENEVA — Maserati will introduce its latest performance model, the GranCabrio Sport, next week at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. The car will arrive this August at U.S. dealers, rebadged as the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport.
For the U.S. market, the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport gets a more powerful engine and tauter suspension tuning.
The 4.7-liter V8 has been retuned to deliver 444 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a ZF six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters and enhanced with the automaker's MC Auto Shift software.
Maserati says fuel consumption has been reduced by 6 percent, while top speed is 177 mph.
The car's Skyhook active suspension system has been recalibrated and the disc brakes have been upgraded.
The 2012 GranTurismo Convertible Sport features a black grille with red accents, as well as body-color side skirts and front corner splitters. A new exterior color is Rosso Trionfale (Triumphant Red), said to be inspired by the red racing Maseratis of the '50s.
Edmunds.com says: Juan Manuel Fangio made Italy's rosso corsa a popular racing color long before Ferrari began to dominate motorsport. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent