2010 Top Gear Awards: Cabriolet of the Year
Gorgeous 440bhp V8 Maserati GranCabrio shatters the peace in rural China...
Posted: 14 Jan 2011
Slapping at the paddles, the GranCabrio seems to shrug off much of its size and weight, the steering impressively precise and the body immensely stable in tight, fast corners. As the sound of the engine echoes off the blank rock faces - that deep, almost hollow roar that tightens the stomach - it's easy to forget that this car is 5,000 miles from home. The relationship between Italian V8 and mountain switchbacks is universal, and there are few more symbiotic and life-affirming unions in motoring than this one.
The Maserati makes greedy, brilliant progress across the miles of winding blacktop, the only thing able to check its progress now being the setting sun, dropping fast behind the slowly blackening hills.