It was just last year that Touring Superleggera unveiled the Superleggera Sciadipersia coupe at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, a few years after the company launched the Disco Volante Spyder. Now, the 2019 Geneva Motor Show is playing host to the unwrapping of the roofless version of the Superleggera Sciadipersia coupe – the Sciadipersia Cabriolet.
As to why Touring Superleggera opted to create a version of the Superleggera Sciadipersia without a rood, Piero Mancardi, the carmaker’s chief executive officer, remarked that after launching the coupe last year, there has been pressure from new customers to develop an open top version. But since, Touring Superleggera has an undertaking with existing customers to keep its products exclusive, the carmaker decided to maintain the production run of just 15 examples. Now customers can choose whether to order Coupe or Cabriolet version.
An open-top grand tourer, the Touring Sciadipersia Cabriolet allows it occupants – up to four – to enjoy the thrill of an open air ride in supreme comfort, with the driver experiencing great pleasure in harnessing the immense power from its powerful V8 engine.
Since Superleggera Sciadipersia is conversion model concealing a Maserati GranTurismo in Touring Superleggera-created clothing, the Cabriolet version is practically a conversion model. Thus, the mechanicals of the Sciadipersia Cabriolet pretty much Maserati. Nonetheless, it exterior was heavily revised that it would be hard to recognize the Sciadipersia.
This means that just like the Superleggera Sciadipersia coupe, the Cabriolet is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine that can deliver 455 bhp of max output and 520 Nm of peak torque. This amount of power is sent the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox or a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. This power can send the Sciadipersia coupe sprinting from nil to 62 mph (100 km/) in just 2.7 seconds, and to a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h). Touring Superleggera has yet to reveal how the Sciadipersia Cabriolet would perform.
Just like the Sciadipersia coupe, the front end of the cabriolet version is marked by an elongated bonnet plunging towards a very narrow grille which in turned is flanked by small circular headlamps. These circular headlamps are seemingly linked by a chrome horizontal strip. The Sciadipersia Cabriolet also features custom fenders and a custom rear fascia. The cabriolet’s sharp edges and flat surfaces revert evokes the elegant styles of the 1970s, employing different treatments for its brightwork finishes.
Touring Superleggera is building the Sciadipersia -- entirely by hand -- in the Touring Manifattura in Milan, Italy. According to the company, it can deliver a complete car within six months of receiving the donor car. Pricing is available by request.