Maserati has given the
GranCabrio a more sporting edge by carrying over the
styling elements, upgraded interior and 460 hp V8 from
the GranTurismo MC Stradale to create the GranCabrio MC.
Broadening the slow selling convertible's range further
to boost consumer appeal the GranCabrio MC now slots in
above the new GranCabrio Sport.
encouraged by the the GranTurismo MC Stradale, which was
warmly received by customers thanks to the adaptation of
some racing characteristics for use on the road, the new
GranCabrio MC completes the open-top range with a sporty
and aggressive look, while maintaining the strengths and
characteristics of a true grand tourer, ideal for long
The new, sporty look can be seen in each stylistic
element of the GranCabrio MCís bodywork. Inspired
directly by the cars of the Maserati Trofeo MC World
Series and the GT4 version, the new design perfectly
blends sportiness, dynamism, the search for aerodynamic
perfection, elegance and style. These stylistic elements
already partly characterised the GranTurismo MC Stradale
and the GranTurismo Sport, and seamlessly unite form and
The car, 48
millimetres longer than the GranCabrio and GranCabrio
Sport, is characterised by a front end which is inspired
directly by the MC Stradale, adopting a profile designed
to optimise the aerodynamic lift and flow. These differ
from those on other versions of the GranCabrio due to
the increased car length and other aerodynamic elements
at the rear end.
Thanks to experience gained in racing and above all to
specific analysis of fluid dynamics, the new GranCabrio
MC has an aerodynamic lift coefficient (measured at 140
km/h) which is 10% lower at the front and 25% lower at
the rear compared to the GranCabrio and GranCabrio
The bonnet incorporates two generous air outlets at the
centre to optimise cooling of the powerful V8, and two
more air outlets to cool down the brake discs have also
been added to the two front wings.
Initially introduced on the GranTurismo Sport the new
headlights, which adopt LEDs for the daytime running
light (DRL) function, complete the new look of the
GranCabrio MC. Though they maintain the external shape
seen on the other three versions in the GranCabrio
range, the new headlights adopt the most modern
technology, perfectly enhanced with an extremely sporty
look thanks to the matt black colour of the structure.
The bi-xenon unit inside the headlight also incorporates
Adaptive Light Control, which follows the movement of
the steering by up to 15 degrees.
The rear is characterised by the large spoiler, for
greater negative lift at high speeds. Inside the
spoiler, built into the luggage compartment, is the
third brake light. The standard version comes in the
same colour as the body and it is also available, within
the various car customisation packages, with a carbon
The bumper has been completely redesigned at the bottom
to make the new model even sportier and at the same time
ensure optimal aerodynamic efficiency. The circular
exhausts have been moved to the centre of the bumper and
the specific layout of the air ducts, built into the
lower part of the bumper, ensure greater streamlining,
stabilising the air flow from the underbody.
Finally, the dynamism of the GranCabrio MC is
accentuated by the 20" MC Design rims, available in
glossy Titanio or matt Grafite, and made using
flow-forming technology. In addition to being lighter,
they feature the traditional Trident, skilfully worked
into the double-spokes.
The interior of the GranCabrio MC has received a
thorough overhaul with particular attention paid to
ergonomics. The new seats, completely redesigned from
both an aesthetic and functional point of view and
enhanced with high-quality materials, now ensure the
optimum balance of comfort and performance, elegance and
functionality. The new structure of both the front and
rear seats now incorporates the headrest and is enhanced
by an upper, central trim, with a design inspired by the
carís front grille.
Particularly important, especially with convertible
cars, is the attention paid to the rear passengers. For
this reason, the frame for the front seats, which is
also available in a completely carbon-fibre version, has
been completely redesigned to ensure 20 mm more legroom
for the rear passengers.
Particular attention has been paid to the ergonomic and
comfort-related aspects of driving. The seats, with an
increased profile to enhance their wrap-around structure
and lateral containment, ensure sporty driving while
guaranteeing superior comfort, even on very long
The steering wheel features a new design, with the rim
flattened at the top and bottom for greater
manoeuvrability, also for sports and high-speed use,
without interfering with the driverís legs.
The rear seats have been redesigned according to the
same logic: maximum comfort, maximum passenger restraint
in sports driving and ample use of quality materials.
To complete the new, super-sporty look of the new
GranCabrio MC, it incorporates the Trofeo-design
steering wheel paddles as standard, with increased
dimensions as seen on the GranTurismo Sport, and an
aluminium pedal unit.
As with the most sporty GranTurismo in the range (the
GranTurismo Sport), the GranCabrio MC also adopts the
new 4.7-litre V8 engine, which delivers 338 kW (460 HP)
together with substantial torque of 520 Nm at 4,750 rpm.
The pistons, positioned at an angle of 90į, are made of
reinforced, hardened aluminium, as is the engine block.
The crankshaft, with five-point balancing, is made of
high-strength steel. The timing system, with a system of
two chains per bank, features dual variable valve
timing. The new power unit, in combination with the MC
Auto Shift transmission, is now able to propel the
GranCabrio MC, in closed soft top configuration, to a
top speed of 289 km/h with acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h
in 4.9 seconds.
Automatic transmission (MC Auto Shift)
Like other sports models in the Maserati range, the
GranCabrio MC also adopts an automatic six-speed ZF
transmission able to transfer all the power of the 460
HP V8 engine to the ground. Calibrated specifically for
application on the sportiest version in the GranCabrio
range, the MC Auto Shift transmission features five
operating modes. It can be used in Auto-Normal,
Auto-Sport, Manual-Normal, Manual-Sport and Ice modes.
In Manual mode, gear changes are carried out directly by
the driver through the steering wheel paddles, as with a
truly manual gearbox. In Manual-Normal mode, the driver
can change gear until the threshold value is reached,
while in Manual-Sport mode the gear is maintained until
the driver next changes gear, even if this may result in
over-revving and the intervention of the limiter.
On the GranCabrio Sport, Sport mode includes super-fast
mode, which derives directly from the GranTurismo Sport
and the Quattroporte Sport GT S and permits gear changes
that are 50% faster.
This mode includes automatic blipping (short burst of
acceleration) when downshifting with the Launch Control
system, called MC Start Strategy (which operates only
with MSP deactivated).
Using the MC Start Strategy, the driver holds down the
brake pedal, presses the accelerator pedal and then
releases the brake pedal when the optimum engine speed
is reached (2,300Ė2,500 rpm).
Performance, safety and comfort were the guidelines that
Maserati engineers followed when designing the chassis
for the new GranCabrio MC. In light of the experience
gained with the GranTurismo MC Stradale, it is fitted
with single-rate dampers, to give maximum emphasis to
the carís sporty character, which guarantee greater
rigidity in order to ensure optimum road holding in all
driving conditions, without detracting from maximum
Braking, always powerful and safe, is guaranteed by
Maseratiís patented Dual Cast system, which includes
brake discs with aluminium bell and steel braking
surface, 360◊32 mm at the front and 330◊28 mm at the
This system guarantees the best pedal feeling and
braking efficiency, which translates to an excellent
stopping distance of 100 to 0 km/h over just 35 metres.
In addition to the conventional holes to optimise
cooling of the discs, they also feature grooves which
allow the film of water, which deposits on the discs
when driving on wet surfaces, to be eliminated and
ensure that the operation of the padís friction material
is restored in order to ensure maximum power and braking
efficiency at all times.
The one-piece aluminium alloy brake calipers, produced
by Brembo and available in various colours, are also
six-piston at the front and four-piston at the rear.
This configuration ensures greater uniformity in
braking, a constant clamping force and the sensation of
a stable and reliable pedal, reducing brake wear at the
In deference to Maserati tradition, the monocoque
chassis is made with different materials to ensure
maximum weight reduction and maximum torsional rigidity.
The use of high-strength steels for the structural part
and the use of aluminium and composite materials for the
moving parts, ensure maximum performance in complete
conformity with the spirit in which the new GranCabrio
MC was conceived.
The new GranCabrio
Sport consolidates its presence on the convertible car
market with completely revamped exteriors and a more
powerful engine. The new front bumper, with redesigned
profile to enhance aesthetics and functionality, new
headlights, a new, even more powerful engine and an
upgraded suspension system make the new GranCabrio Sport
a point of reference in the convertible car market. It
made its debut at the Moscow International Motor Show at
the end of August.
Already one of the most highly regarded in the world of
sports cars, the GranCabrio Sportís bodywork has
undergone a restyling which skilfully harmonises the
characteristics of the GranTurismo Sport.
One of the most evident new features of the GranCabrio
Sport is the design for the front end with new light
clusters. Though they maintain their external form, they
now incorporate completely new technological
characteristics, including LED Daytime Running Lights
The steering wheel, with new design, is now more
ergonomic and, in combination with the extended
Trofeo-design paddles and light aluminium pedals, is
better suited to sports driving thanks to a flattened
rim and accentuated grip profile.
The new grey EcoChrome materials for the interiors and
the Poltrona Frau leather upholstery complete the
existing characteristics, such as the steering wheel
transmission paddles and the aluminium pedals.
The GranCabrio Sport, which comes with a modern V8
engine that has already become a classic, adopts the
most recent innovations in the field of engineering to
deliver greater power and torque.
Both the hardware and software of the engine have been
improved significantly, improving its power by 10 HP and
torque by 10 Nm, without adversely affecting consumption
or emissions. At 7,000 rpm, the GranCabrio Sport
delivers 338 kW (460 HP) with a considerable torque of
520 Nm at 4,750 rpm.
transmission (MC Auto Shift)
The automatic six-speed ZF transmission with MC Auto
Shift is perfectly capable of handling the exceptional
performance of the powerful V8 and derives from the
transmission of the GranTurismo Sport. The automatic
transmission is connected directly to the rear of the
engine and transmits the torque to the same limited-slip
differential through a two-piece articulated steel
crankshaft. The GranCabrio Sport with MC Auto Shift
transmission can reach 100 km/h in just 5.0 seconds. Top
speed is 285 km/h.
The GranCabrio Sport was designed to combine peerless
driving comfort for all occupants with optimum handling
at high speeds. Exceptional performance and road
holding, as well as the handling of a great sports car,
are qualities of the GranCabrio Sport that few other
sports convertibles can boast.
This is thanks to the shock absorbers with Sport Skyhook
system, the most recent development of the Maserati
damping control system. The Sport Skyhook system
constantly adjusts the GranCabrio Sportís shock
absorbers, adapting them to the road conditions. With
the aid of a new rear anti-roll bar which is 12% more
rigid, the Sport Skyhook system allows the vertical
rigidity of the GranCabrio Sport to be increased by 10%
in Sport mode.
Maserati GranCabrio MC