2010 Top Gear Awards: Cabriolet of the Year
Gorgeous 440bhp V8 Maserati GranCabrio shatters the peace in rural China...
Posted: 14 Jan 2011
The day had begun early. Too early for our first in China after fitful sleep in a wonky time zone. Beijing's morning rush hour is a mêlée of horns and bells from tuk-tuks and bicycles, vying fearlessly with SUVs, tipper trucks and belching buses for a right of way through the city's choking maze of wide, chaotic highways and by-ways.
Flyover to underpass, turnpike, slipway and intersection, five metres of Maserati is a burden of responsibility better borne by the rested. But an hour in stop-start traffic is a Beijing minute, and even the expressways are a first-gear crawl, as taxis and minibuses dodge and weave their way around and through and back again, towards gridlocked turn-offs to mysterious corners of the capital's sprawling industrial hinterland. This is not a place for the faint-of-heart. Or weak-of-bladder.