Portrait of a Supercar: Maserati GranCabrio

HEY YOU.

Yeah, I’m talking to you. I know you like what you see. Where else can you find such a pristine piece of machinery with a flare for the new, but respect for the old? Where else can you fixate your eyes on a page for so long that you’ll actually consider buying me when you’re done?

That’s the kind of power the 2012 Maserati GranCabrio brings to the table. You’re welcome. The six-speed V8 engine and gorgeous look is reminiscent of the GranTurismo, a close member of my family. But my driving experience—complete with an open top, four-seat ride, the scent of fine leather handcrafted by Poltrona Frau and magnificent woods that line the dashboard and door panel—is simply divine.

With a transmission that has four modes fitted for driving style and road conditions and the Skyhook suspension system meant to react based on movement detection, the on-road comfort is beyond anything my competitors offer, but still on par with the top-notch quality Maserati has built its name on.

Each car owner is able to develop a made-to-measure vehicle—something the company takes pride in. You want a soft-top hood? Sure, it can happen, and in six colors. Want chrome rings to enhance your dashboard features? Done. The craftsmanship and design are meant to define you as a driver, not just define our brand as a juggernaut.

It’s another chapter in the long illustrious career of the Trident. Turn the page and jump right in.

MSRP: $117,500
Power: 440hp @7,000 RPM
Torque: 376 lb-ft @ 4,750 RPM
Transmission/Engine: Six-speed, V8, 4.7-litre
Top Speed: 177 mph
0-60 mph: 5.2 seconds

cal hunter

At night when Cal Hunter's family is asleep, the only thing he loves more than a tall glass of Wild Turkey next to his Mac is the clicking of keys when thoughts become words and sentences become a story. He thinks, he lives, he writes. There isn't much more to know.