2018 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible
The GranTurismo Convertible is the open air version of Maserati's GranTurismo luxury grand tourer. It features an unmistakable Pininfarina design, a spacious interior and handcrafted details as well as driving pleasure and performance in spades.
From the Coliseum to the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel to the Mona Lisa, much of the world's great art has come from Italy. With its elegant, flowing lines and classic proportions, it's clear that the GranTurismo Convertible belongs to same lineage as those masterpieces, a sculpture on wheels that would do even Michelangelo proud.
Not just a feast for the eyes, the GranTurismo Convertible also provides a rich, operatic soundtrack with its charismatic 4.7-liter V8, which is hand-built by Ferrari. The engine produces 444 horsepower along with 374 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the big coupe from zero-to-60 mph in 5.1 seconds, or slightly slower than the segment norm.
Output is sent to the rear wheels through a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway for both models.
The GranTurimso Convertible is fitted with a "Skyhook” three-mode adjustable suspension that lets the driver prioritize either ride comfort or handling agility, which are both in ample supply no matter which setting is selected.
The GranTurismo Convertible's cabin is upholstered in supple leather that was handcrafted by Italian firm Poltrona Frau, while fine wood trim adorns the dashboard, door panel and rear areas. The level of craftsmanship and attention to detail can also be seen in the chrome rings that enhance the dashboard switches and steering wheel as well as the Alcantara sections meeting the fingertips on the back of the steering wheel shift paddles.
In the area of infotainment/navigation graphics and functionality, the GranTurismo is slightly behind the times, and it also lacks the advanced safety features offered by some competitors. On the bright side, the rear seats are actually habitable for normally sized adults, an unusual feat for a coupe.
Standard and optional features
The GranTurismo Convertible comes standard with leather upholstery, genuine wood interior trim, a navigation system, heated and power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, an 11-speaker Bose AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM stereo with AUX and USB inputs, Bluetooth connectivity, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED running lights, LED taillights and 20-inch alloy wheels.
Options include a plethora of different interior trim choices and upholstery/stitching/piping options.
All GranTurismo Convertible models are fitted with front and front side airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.
Although the GranTurismo Convertible is a fine machine, it competes against a number of equally enticing drop-tops that offer style, performance and luxury in equal measures. These include the Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible, and the Jaguar F-Type Convertible.