First Drive 2011 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible


The convertible GranTurismo is the first car in the 96 year history of automaker which has a four seat soft top.

The GranTurismo running gear is just the same, though its ZF six speed automatic makes use of modified software and a much shorter final gear. The tri-layer fabric top opens or shuts in just 20 seconds—adds eight seconds more for its windows. It also boasts of six optional colors for further customization which signifies the Maserati’s coachbuilding roots.

2011 Maserati GranTurismo First Drive 2011 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

As always, the process involved in removing roof always presents structural and space challenges. The trunk volume of GranTurismo falls to just 6.1 cubic feet, though it still has room for about two golf bags. At 192.1 inches, this convertible successfully eclipses the SL-class, 6 series and even majestic Bentley Continental GTC.

Maserati comes with hydraulic brake assist which applies maximum pressure on detecting a emergency stop. In case of emergencies it has thorax and head side airbags and separate roll bars which deploy immediately and automatically.

Performance figures are impressive as the run-up to 60 mph takes just 5.2 seconds—but surely this car is no baby. On pressing the “sport” button on the dashboard, it immediately stiffens its continuously adjusting Skyhook suspension, easily quickens its shifts and opens its exhausts, filling in air for about next mile.

About 440 hp, which is sent through the limited-slip differential, is enough to fling you around the traffic and at corners. Tug onto the left shift paddle mounted on column and this transmission immediately responds with a downshift and blip. The front of the car bites fast on the turns, while its steering offers a tactile feedback. The result successfully betrays the length and weight of Manser.

2011 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible First Drive 2011 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

The interior of the car is delight. The roof fabric and the interiors are soft on touch and there are numerous color options in each of them. The rear end seats in Maserati are there not just for insurance reasons. Maserati has kept this incline angle just identical to the coupe and as a result there is a availability of tolerable space. In case you would like to use rear seats for luggage, Maserati offers their own set of beauty bags and trolleys  which have straps to firmly cinch them on the rear seats.

There is a mp3 Bose audio system. It makes use of a 12 speaker system to firmly battle the outside noise. There is one present in the dash, two subwoofers and tweeters in the car doors.

2011 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible
Base Price $139,700
Vehicle layout Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door, convertible
Engine 4.7L/440-hp /362-lb-ft DOHC V-8
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight 4350 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 115.8 in
Length x width x height 192.2 x 75.4 x 53.3 in
0-60 mph 5.2 sec (mfr est)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 11/18 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.46 lb/mile
On sale in the U.S.

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