GranCabrio - Technology

The soul of the GranCabrio is powered by a sophisticated 4.7 litre, 450 HP V8

The engine of the Maserati GranCabrio is a 90 degree V8 of 4,691 cm3, which can generate 450 HP at 7,000 rpm, and a maximum torque of 510 Nm at 4,750 rpm. This unit uses the same technologies as all Maserati engines to deliver high specific power, smooth response and low running noise.

Quick, smooth gear shifts

The six-speed ZF automatic gearbox with hydraulic torque converter provides extremely smooth gear shifts, improving the ride without detracting from the sporty power of the V8 engine. There are four operating modes: Auto Normal, Auto Sport, Auto ICE and Manual. In Manual mode, the gears are selected directly by the driver in sequence using the gear lever or the steering-wheel paddles.

The rigidity of the chassis is outstanding, especially given the car’s size, and its wheelbase in particular

Federico Landini, Maserati engineer

In contact with the elements

The GranCabrio has well balanced weight distribution, with a slightly greater load over the rear axle: 49% at the front and 51% at the rear with the top up; 48% at the front and 52% at the rear with it down. This setting - obtained by moving the engine behind the front axle - maximises traction and is reflected in trustworthy, predictable handling, making the car easier to drive and improving its stability.

With the Skyhook system, the car’s setup adapts to driving style

The car is equipped as standard with aluminium gas dampers with the Skyhook electronic system for automatic, continuous control of damper response: this solution instantly adapts the car’s setup to the driving style and road conditions, for the greatest possible comfort. In Sport mode, the suspension has a more rigid setting to reduce roll angles.

The MSP electronic system monitors the car’s stability at every moment

The car’s already excellent handling is monitored by the Maserati Stability Program electronic stability control system, which corrects any hint of side-skidding by reducing the engine torque. Incorporating the ABS and EBD, the system also prevents wheel lock during braking and, last but not least, stops both wheel spin during acceleration and locking of the drive wheels during down-shifts on low-grip road surfaces.