2010 Top Gear Awards: Cabriolet of the Year
Gorgeous 440bhp V8 Maserati GranCabrio shatters the peace in rural China...
Posted: 14 Jan 2011
The temperature begins to plummet as dusk sets in, and the last few shards of sunlight fire through only the highest outcrops of distant trees. With the Maserati's heaters blasting hot air into sleepy faces, we begin our slow and circuitous descent. Time to put the roof up and the radio on - an unlikely medley of Chinese and highly contemporary British pop; no more strange a reminder of China's bemusing cultural collisions can there be than listening to the debut single of 2009's X Factor winner, Joe McElderry, while weaving TopGear's award-winning Maserati GranCabrio through a remote rural village in northern Hebei Province.