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Take your hat off to the brand-new Maserati GranCabrio

 Published 17th April 2024
New Launches 

The best advice you can give someone making a significant financial decision is pretty obvious: go with your head, not your heart. Sound advice, and exactly the opposite of what you’ll want to do when you’ve reached the bottom of the page. Choosing a lease car is a big decision and one that should be properly researched and considered. Or you could just listen to your heart and lease yourself the new Maserati GranCabrio instead.

The Maserati GranCabrio is the Italian brand’s latest creation intended to appeal to drivers looking for the perfect combination of comfort, luxury, style, and performance.

The latest model to bear the iconic Trident badge is based on the existing GranTurismo coupe. Created in parallel with the GranTurismo, the GranCabrio retains the elegance and beauty of the coupe while simultaneously exposing the occupants to the warmth of the Mediterranean sunshine. Unfortunately, we can’t promise the sunshine if you happen to live in Manchester rather than Milan, but please don’t let that inconvenient little truth put you off.

Prevailing weather conditions aside, the Maserati GranCabrio offers a whole lot more than just a chance to top up your tan from behind the wheel.

new Maserati GranCabrio

That achingly pretty body is accentuated by the elegant swooping nose and purposeful rear end that just exudes power. There are just enough air intakes to confirm the impression that this is a powerful tourer, and with the fabric roof down you can take in the sights whilst listening to the growl of the engine through those four stainless exhausts outlets.

On a practical note, using a fabric soft-top means Maserati can offset some of the extra weight that inevitably comes from stiffening the chassis to compensate for the lack of roof. The choice of fabric rather than metal is one reason why the convertible manages to only weigh 100Kg more than the coupe. Being fabric, the roof also folds more easily so you don’t have to sacrifice too much boot space in exchange for those wide-open skies. The GranCabrio is also clever enough to know whether the roof is up or down and can adjust the air conditioning and Bose sound system accordingly.

The fact that the GranCabrio is based on a longer chassis also means there is actually enough room in the back for an extra couple of adults to enjoy the experience along with you.

And it’s an experience that begins as soon as you hit the starter button because that swooping bonnet hides one of the most potent engines in Maserati’s long and distinguished history.

new Maserati GranCabrio rear

It seems likely that the GranCabrio will be fitted with a 4.7-litre V8 coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox. That combination should be good to produce around 430bhp accompanied by an evocative V8 rumble of a soundtrack. However - and it’s a ‘however’ of colossal proportions - that isn’t what will be available when the GranCabrio launches.

When the Maserati GranCabrio arrives, it will initially be available in the Trofeo trim level which means instead of a V8 you’ll get the six-cylinder Nettuno engine instead. But before you go getting all indignant about a V6 being a downgrade there’s an important caveat to bring to your attention.

Maserati’s Nettuno engine sits at the heart of the range-topping MC20 supercar and incorporates some clever F1 technology. It should go without saying that if Maserati is happy to put this engine into a supercar then it clearly packs a deceptively heavy punch. In layman’s terms, you may think you’ve missed out on a couple of cylinders but the 3.0-litre twin-turbo generates a rather large 542bhp. Sometimes less really is more, and in this case it’s around 110bhp more than the V8.

And if you listen to your heart rather than your head, you could be one of the lucky few to experience the glorious new Maserati GranCabrio by leasing one for yourself.

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