Maserati presented the beefed-up Sport version of the GranCabrio at the Geneva Auto Show. Its 4.7 liter V8 unit has been tweaked to deliver 450 hp and a peak torque of 510 Nm. With Maserati’s Friction Reduction Program, the engine has a higher output as well as a 6% improvement in its fuel efficiency. As a result, the vehicle can reach a top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph).
The powerplant is mated to a ZF six-speed automatic transmission that uses a MC Auto Shift software based on the one used on the Quattroporte Sport GT S. '
Its other tech modifications include a revised Skyhook active suspension and grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs. The vehicle is easily recognizable with its black front grille that uses a Trident with red accents, black-style headlights with white sidemarks, new front corner splitters and sideskirts.
A new color -- Rosso Trionfale – has also been introduced. The press release states that the GranCabrio Sport’s new body color for Maserati, the Rosso Trionfale, is inspired by the red Italian national colors used on 1950s racing Maseratis. In 1957, Juan Manuel Fangio won his fifth F1 World Title with a red Maserati 250F.