TG drives Maserati’s GranCabrio
Maserati's GranCabrio is more than a match for the beauties of Rome. Well, apart from the women...
Posted: 22 Feb 2011
It really does sound extraordinary. In Comfort mode, its double wishbone Skyhook suspension is pretty well calibrated for everyday use. Go into Sport mode and as well as more tightly checked body movements, you get sharper throttle response, less casual upshifts from the auto 'box, and from 3,000rpm onwards the sort of full-bodied war cry that makes a Ferrari V12 sound like a Chevrolet Matiz. It's almost spectral, like Pavarotti's ghost.
We're on the super twisty stuff now. With 434bhp to play with, outright pace isn't an issue, even if there's a moment's hesitancy before that deliciously vocal V8 gets fully into its stride as you exit a second gear corner (it'll hit 62mph in 5.3 seconds and 175mph, all-out). The paddle-shift's terrific too, so much so that you begin to wonder whether dual-shift autos are really that much better than a decent torque converter in the real world.