First Look: Maserati GranCabrio Sport

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If we could rely on Maserati for just one thing, it’d be to bring us beautiful variants of the GranTurismo. Speaking of the GranTurismo, a new GranCabrio Sport is heading to the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Known as the GranTurismo Convertible in the United States, the GranCabrio Sport is as powerful as the Euro-spec and racetrack-optimized MC Stradale, developing 444 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque courtesy of the familiar, normally aspirated 4.7-liter V-8. We'd also find this eight-cylinder in the GranTurismo S, Quattroporte S, and Quattroporte Sport GT S, but with power ranging from 419 to 427 horsepower.

The GranCabrio Sport V-8 benefits from Maserati's self-dubbed Friction Reduction Program, which presumably optimizes and helps the engine's internal combustion squeeze out the ponies. The Italian producer of GT cars asserts there's a "rich, thick torque curve" and a 6-percent improvement in fuel economy, though we wouldn't be expecting to save the world (environmentally) from behind the wheel. If you're a secret agent needing to foil villainous deeds, the GranCabrio Sport gets up to 177 mph.

Assisting the mildly upgraded V-8 is the ZF six-speed automatic lifted from the Quattroporte Sport GT S. The gearbox comes with the MC Auto Shift software for quick gear changes, though based on the name, it probably isn't as extreme as the MC Stradale's MC Race Shift. And though this next feature sounds like something a paratrooper would use to evacuate a hostile setting, the GranCabrio Sport is equipped with a revised and upgraded Skyhook active suspension system, now promised with sportier handling. The brake disc rotors are now drilled and grooved to better dissipate heat.

Finally, the appearance. Helping to mark the GranCabrio Sport's presence is a black front grille and blacked-out headlights with white borders. The Maserati trident gets red accents; the side skirts and front corner splitters are more aggressive. The pictured paint color - Rosso Trionfale - is new and draws inspiration from Italy's national racing color and Maserati racecars from the 1950s.

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