Maserati hasn’t offered a convertible model since the Maserati Spyder ended production in 2007. This is set to change with the upcoming Maserati Gran Turismo Spyder.
With retractable-hardtop convertibles becoming more widespread and with Ferrari producing its first hard-top convertible, the California, it seemed likely that Maserati would follow suit with the Gran Turismo Spyder. According to L’Automobile Magazine, this is not the case.
L’Automobile Magazine is reporting that although Maserati built and toyed around with several retractable hard-top Gran Turismo Spyders, it will go with the more traditional cloth roof. The Ferrari California falling far short of sales targets is one reason for the move to a traditional soft-top.
Another reason is this will differentiate the two Italians and allow Maserati to aim more squarely for the Bentley Continental GTC soft-top convertible. Apparently, research shows customers in the market for a sultry 2+2 are also more likely to buy a soft-top as opposed to a retractable hard-top.
Other details about the convertible should not surprise anyone. The drop-top Gran Turismo will share powertrains and transmissions with the Coupe model. This means that the 405-hp 4.2-liter V-8 as well as the 433-hp 4.7-liter will be available eventually, as Maserati likes to make each model year interesting.
The Gran Turismo Spyder is expected to make its world debut at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show in September. No pricing or on sale date is given, but expect a premium over the Gran Turismo Coupe.
Source: L’Automobile Magazine