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  1. Maserati Gran Cabrio Review: Truly Italian

Maserati Gran Cabrio Review: Truly Italian

13th June 2017
Maserati Gran Cabrio Review: Truly Italian

“Some days, nothing really beats a good drive”


We are ready for our next much awaited automotive trip that begins from the capital of Italy, Rome to the city of Modena, a distance of 447.2 km that takes an estimated 4 hours and 46 minutes for the entire journey via the beautiful E45 Expressway.

There is a famous saying ‘In Rome, do as the Romans do’ largely meaning following the customs, habits and traditions of their motherland. And so with their cars!
So exactly what will we get to drive this whole road trip set in the midst of a plush green forest countryside and a relatively fast moving traffic on the highway?

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We were left completely speechless when our Car Rental Agency sent a red colored convertible for this exciting and thrilling drive trip. It was none other than the Maserati Gran Cabrio. One can imagine that when the introduction has been so dramatic then how the driving experience would be.

Let us keep you guessing till we reach there. We have had encounters with so many convertibles & roofless coupes, but this interaction was something really different. It’s a perfect Italian Maestro that spells richness & class along with making your day special. It will leave a lasting impression in people’s minds because of its rarity & exclusivity.

So much so that when you get to drive it, a "MAMMA MIA" involuntarily pops out of your mouth!

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The Maserati trident logo with the upward spear look has a deep meaning & significance. It is an epitome of the city of the Bologna, originally where the production started before being shifted to the city of Modena. For a layman this signage will represent success & growth in all spheres of life truly being exemplified by this car.


An elliptical shaped front radiator grille with 19 vertical chrome inscribed slats qualifies as the real attention magnet. It doesn’t look quirky or out of place and blends really well with the overall appeal of the car. It also indicates that how designers adopt new & innovative styling techniques & cues that portrays a strong departure from the old practices.

The Gran Cabrio exudes an aura of sophistication and finesse while being regal and attractive. The Rosso Trionfalee paint shade is simply one of the best we have seen till date & coupled with the trees in the background while on the highway drive can qualify to be one of the best wallpapers or cover photos for automotive lovers.

The majestic and awe inspiring LEDs & circle shaped fog lamps are surely a treat for the eyes and of course add to the aggressive styling and are a strong portrayal of the adept craftsmanship of the Italians.

The side profile qualifies to be a true masterpiece and quickly makes a place for itself in one’s heart with its splendid design. This swanky Maserati will surely be on an eye catching spree courtesy those striking triple rectangular air vents on either side which have a typical hangover effect for the keen eyes. The detailing on the grey finished 20 inch Neptune Grigio Mercury Alloy wheels with the red brake calipers will surely leave you spellbound. The 7 spoke witt extensions starting from the middle portray a great level of expertise in sculpture and art work.

The showstopper and eye catchy soft top in motion takes centre stage and invites exclamatory remarks and endless admiration from ardent super car lovers.

The rear end of the sporty convertible steals the limelight with its charming and graceful stance. Carving out a special design philosophy and making it successful on all production models is what the Romans are best known for. The most striking part for us is the italics font for the Maserati on the rear just above the chrome belt lining along with the dual exhaust pipes on each sides placed in the black housing.

By far one of the most dramatic rear ends that is sure get eye balls moving and hearts fluttering!


The interiors present a fine grandeur of their own and on entering the cabin one cannot miss the fine detailing on the seats with the prominent Maserati logo on top. The center fascia’s appearance with the classic clock & buttons all over is a tad ancient and a reminder of the good old interior layouts of the 80s & 90s.

Seeing the CD insert slot & its controls, one is surely reminded of the music track Cherry Cherry Lady by Modern Talking (We were for sure to say the least!). Even in the music video, a timeless cabriolet (Ferrari Mondial QV cabriolet) has been displayed which goes in sync with the present convertible in discussion. Maserati’s multimedia system along with navigation churns out a wide variety of information and the display & graphics are in the league of its German counterparts, so no compromise has been made on that front.

A royal three spoke black steering perfectly fits the bill & grips really well in your hands. Ergonomics are spot on with no room for error. Meticulous placement of buttons & seating height ensures that one is not left complaining even after spending a hefty amount to own this beauty. In our honest opinion, the black leather upholstery sort of hides the old school appearance of the dashboard which otherwise boasts of an excellent built quality & consistent panel gaps.

The space inside the car is not an issue however one does tend to feel that he is seated pretty low to the ground. The back occupant seats are accessible by daintly moving forward the front electric seats to which the Maserati proudly calls, the Easy Entry System..


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Powering this monster is a mighty 4.7litre V8 engine that churns out 440 bhp and a hefty 510 Nm of torque to be precise. We have been a fan of the naturally aspirated motors offered by the Germans but this one had us hooked from the very beginning. If speed limiting signs were not present on our way to Modena, we would definitely have tested its overwhelming 0-100 timing of 5.2 seconds and an astonishing top speed of close to 285 km/hr.

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The transmission duty is taken care by a 6 speed ZF automatic box that comes out on top with its versatile, agile, nimble & brisk nature thereby providing a perfect synchrony between engine revving & appropriate gear shifting. An enthusiast would surely like to put pedal to the metal & be pinned to his back seat the entire day. Once an individual holds the steering of the Gran Cabrio, a freewill persists which begs him to unleash the raw power of the beast prevailing within.


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What's that tempting button on the dashboard?

The pleasure seeking acts are well taken care off by a dedicated sport button, upon which pressing, the car exhibits some astonishing performance figures much to the delight of car lovers. A metamorphosis that renders the elegant Maserati to showcase its inherent lively spirit for a dramatic deluge of that something special which is more communicable by facial expressions.

Exhausts rendering a rambunctious tone, hurried gear shifting pattern and..........and there's a supernumerary go down to dote on!

Italians are truly known to set their own benchmarks & be leaders in their respective domains.

The Gran Cabrio's polished demeanor is out in the open with its sleek cruising abilities and an exceptional ride quality to thank your stars and when the wishful intent awakens for a rip-roaring engagement, it's a word of honor from the Italians to keep the affair as tantalizing....ah! but not to the extent of being brutal.


The folks at Maserati don't want you to involve yourself in the bitter takeaways.

Because of this!

The neoteric Skyhook adaptive suspension does a commendable job of adjusting the dampers to one’s driving style and road conditions that makes it one of the dexterous companions truly.

Want a scientific explanation. Here it is!

The Skyhook’s skillful mechanism is based on acceleration sensors that detect the movement of the wheels and the car body. The data is transferred to a control unit that processes it along with analyzing the driving style and deciphering the tarmac conditions and significantly making the changes in the dampers.


Caution has to exercised due to low ground clearance as there is a great risk of the underbelly coming in close contact with the speed breaker.


The security aids now join the party!

The strong willed white knights......ohhhh they are the steadfast exemplars of sureness and certitude.

Safety features such as dual stage front, side & head –thorax airbags, Maserati stability program, tyre pressure monitoring system, telescopic roll over protection system and a host of other precautionary aids play a pivotal part in any panic situation or crisis.

Dont negate them!


Maserati is steadily increasing its foothold in India. Owning & driving one will set you apart from the already established luxury players in the market. If you are bored & tired of the predictable German exterior styling & crave for something refreshing & unique, then the Gran Cabrio perfectly fits the bill. It is an amalgamation & unification of fine Roman heritage & history coupled into a gorgeous convertible that is meant to look & feel different. The trident logo comes close to being one of the most renowned & respected worldwide much to the delight of the aspiring lot.....

Can't expect anything more on a platter truly!


And for this exclusive Italian Masterpiece with astounding levels of refinement, sportiness and dynamism can truly be explored only, at Big Boy Toyz.

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