Don’t sleep on this beauty; it can rock your socks in more ways than one.

The 2019 Geneva Motor Show brought out a vociferous diet of coachbuilt cars, including the Touring Superleggera Sciadipersia Cabriolet. Developed and built by famous Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera, the Sciadipersia Cabriolet is the open-top version of the 2018 Sciadipersia that the company brought to Geneva last year. The design of the Sciadipersia Cabriolet remains true to the look of its coupe sibling, minus, of course, the hard top. Power is provided by a naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces a tidy 468 horsepower. Touring Superleggera only plans to build 15 units of the Sciadipersia Cabriolet, the price of which has yet to be announced.

The Touring Superleggera Sciadipersia Cabriolet is Gorgeous and Sophisticated

The 2020 Touring Superleggera Sciadipersia Cabriolet Just Might Be The Secret Star of the Geneva Motor Show
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Touring Superleggera is known for its drop-dead gorgeous vehicles. Over the past years, it has used the Geneva Motor Show as the site for all of its debuts, and those debuts have been unforgettable, to say the least. Lest we forget, Touring Superleggera is responsible for the 2015 Berlinetta Lusso, the Tornate Tourer, and arguably the most famous of them all — at least in recent years — the Disco Volante. Last year, Touring unveiled the Sciadipersia to predictably rave reviews. It was built on the bones of a Maserati GranTurismo, but you can argue that it actually looks better than the sports coupe from which it was based on.

Fast forward to this year, and Touring Superleggera returned to the Geneva Motor Show with an equally impressive build: the Sciadipersia Cabriolet. Oh yes, folks. This is the drop-top version of last year’s Sciadipersia, and I haven’t been able to stop myself from shedding a few tears simply because of how gorgeous it looks.

The 2020 Touring Superleggera Sciadipersia Cabriolet Just Might Be The Secret Star of the Geneva Motor Show
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If you’re not a fan of successful blends of classic design cues with modern stylistic touches, the Touring Superleggera Sciadipersia Cabriolet might not be your cup of tea. But I’m a sucker for this kind of design because it looks like a blend of the best of both automotive design eras. Touring Superleggera says that the design philosophy of the topless version remains true to the stylistic language of the coupe model that we saw last year. Both are inspired by the “Golden Age of Motoring” where timeless design continues are used to this day. The coupe version of the Sciadipersia featured a lot of these design mind melds, which also explains why the lack of a roof aside, the Cabriolet version of the Sciadipersia looks exactly the same as the coupe model that came before it.

The 2020 Touring Superleggera Sciadipersia Cabriolet Just Might Be The Secret Star of the Geneva Motor Show
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Look at the front section of the Sciadipersia Cabriolet, and you’ll see design elements taken from the old Mustang, particularly the setup of the headlight fixtures.

The model’s front grille looks familiar, too, right? It’s BMW’s twin-kidney grille or at least a more romanticized version of it. The scoops on the hood look like the same ones that were used on muscle cars back in the day. These distinctive styles shouldn’t work when you lump them all together in one face. But Touring Superleggera not only made it work, but it also gave the model its own visual identity. That’s hard to do in this business.

Hop inside the interior, and it’s the same story. The Sciadipersia Cabriolet’s cabin is awash in premium materials, but there’s a simplicity in the design that harkens back to the interior of some Mercedes-Benz models that were released in the 1990s.

A digital display sits right smack in the middle of the center console while a lineup of buttons and switches sit just below it.

The cabin looks clean when you look at it from all sides. And, if I do say so myself, it’s the kind of design that I wouldn’t mind seeing again in a lot of car interiors these days.

The 2020 Touring Superleggera Sciadipersia Cabriolet Just Might Be The Secret Star of the Geneva Motor Show
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Since the Touring Superleggera Sciadipersia Cabriolet is based on the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible, it’s no surprise that it carries the same engine. In this instance, we’re talking about a 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces a tidy 460 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. All that power is sent to the two rear wheels courtesy of a six-speed ZF automatic transmission. It’s not the fastest convertible on the block, but it’s still capable sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in around five seconds. Top speed is rated at 179 mph. That should be enough for you to enjoy your joy rides while the wind messes up your waxed-up hairdo.

Unfortunately, there is a downside to this wonderful piece of Italian craftsmanship.

Since the car is built entirely by hand at Touring Superleggera’s production facility in Milan, only 15 units of the Sciadipersia Cabriolet will be made

. That’s not enough for my liking, but building these cars isn’t easy, to begin with. Throw in the fact that each model is going to be built by hand and you can understand the model’s low production volume. Touring Superleggera hasn’t announced how much a Sciadipersia will cost. It did say that information on that front will be given upon request, as it probably should. If you need a ballpark figure, though, look no further than the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible, which starts at around $140,000. That’s just for the donor car. Throw in all the work Touring Superleggera is going to put into turning it into the Sciadipersia Cabriolet, and you could be looking at a starting price that doesn’t fall below $200,000. If you can stomach the cost, then I won’t stop you from buying one.

The 2020 Touring Superleggera Sciadipersia Cabriolet Just Might Be The Secret Star of the Geneva Motor Show
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Further Reading

Touring Sciàdipersia Pays Tribute To Luxury Travel Of The Past Exterior
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Read our full review of the 2019 Touring Superleggera Sciadipersia

2018 Maserati GranTurismo Exterior High Resolution
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Read our in-depht review of the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo

2015 Touring Superleggera Berlinetta Lusso High Resolution Exterior
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Read up on the 2015 Touring Superleggera Berlinetta Lusso

2013 Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Exterior
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Read everything we know about the 2013 Touring Superleggera Disco Volante

With the introduction of its latest fuoriserie, Touring Superleggera underlines its status as a key player in the luxury market.

Touring Sciàdipersia Cabriolet is an open-top grand tourer, which recreates the luxury and elegance synonymous with the Golden Age of Motoring. Four full-sized seats allow all occupants to enjoy their journey in supreme comfort, while the driver has the pleasure of harnessing the immense and smoothly-delivered power from one of the last great atmospheric V8 engines and reveling in its glorious soundtrack.

Company CEO, Piero Mancardi, had the following to say: “...our success has caused us a dilemma, because, since we launched the coupé last year we have pressure from new customers to develop the open top version, but we have an undertaking with existing customers to keep our products exclusive. Our solution is to maintain the limited production run of just 15 Sciàdipersia, from which the customer chooses whether to opt for the existing Coupé or the new Cabriolet version.”

Coachbuilding Today
When Touring’s revered name was revived in 2009 its raison d’etre was, and remains, to re-introduce to the world the concept of the fuoriserie - literally, “out of series” - for which the great Italian coachbuilders of the past were so famous. The range of skills, from state-of-the-art engineering to traditional craftsmanship, has made possible the resurgence of unique and low-volume coachbuilt cars of the style which disappeared in the latter half of the last century. It is satisfying to note that other companies are following Touring’s lead in this trend, serving the growing demand for individually specified cars.

Sensorial pleasure will always be at the forefront of Touring’s designs, whether it be from aesthetic appeal by elevating its cars to artwork on wheels, or from providing the ultimate driving experience. Sciàdipersia is such a car - beautiful to look at and involving to drive.

Heritage
In 1957 Maserati chose Touring to design, and manufacture the body of their first series production car, their new 3500GT. The outstanding success of this car led to a very restricted run of convertible versions. Just three of these very special models were produced, the first being revealed at the Geneva Show in 1958.

Following the launch of this quintessential gran turismo, Touring was approached by the ruler of Iran who commissioned “a grand design of regal elegance”. The Maserati 5000GT Shah of Persia was the result, and with the introduction of the Sciàdipersia Cabriolet Touring has created a timeless masterpiece, inspired by these immortal models from its magnificent past.

Design
The already dramatic proportions of Sciàdipersia coupé are further emphasised in the Cabriolet version. The side view portrays an arrow about to be loosed from a bow, with a suggestion of fletches at the rear. The sharpened front, powerful haunches and Kamm-tailed rear are exaggerated by the smooth flowing lines, depicting a tautness and dynamism that appears even greater with the roof lowered.

The deliberately extended rear overhang is said to hint at the long tails of a morning suit, in-keeping with the overall sense of style and occasion.

Sharp edges and flat surfaces revert to suggestions of elegant styles from the 1970s, while the clever use of different treatments for the brightwork finishes reveal the true hand-crafted coachbuilt nature of the Sciàdipersia.

Fittingly for an open car, themes are copied across from the exterior to the interior space. The car displays an obvious horizontal divide, emphasised by a continuous line encircling the passengers, above which surfaces are covered with chocolate leather, while beneath are sumptuous hides in cream, picked through in novel orange stitching outlining a sophisticated diamond quilted pattern. As with all Touring’s products, the colours and finishes were determined by the knowledgeable customer, who was involved throughout the design process.

The result is typical of Touring’s designs, displaying perfect proportions and restrained elegance without the need for unnecessary and flashy ornamentation. Simple, classic and timeless design that continues to set standards by treading its own unique path, defining a style of its own, and deliberately diverging from common trends.

Rolling Chassis, Engine and Driveline
Just like the car which inspired it, Sciàdipersia is based on a Maserati rolling chassis. Choosing the Maserati GranCabrio as a basis gave Touring Superleggera the ideal starting point, its specifications being perfectly suited to the project, with excellent torsional rigidity, comfort and high performance. The glorious naturally aspirated V8 engine has a noble character and can provide effortless power and torque, giving the driver an immensely satisfying experience. The mechanical components, electrical systems and all electronics are retained unaltered from the manufacturer.

Manufacturing
Sciàdipersia is built entirely by hand in the Touring Manifattura in Milan blending traditional hand-beaten aluminium panels with lightweight carbon fibre elements. Precision and quality of the body must match the most compelling standard, and cutting-edge digital measurement tools are used for this purpose at each stage, from the panel fabrication through to the body-in-white and the finished car. The manufacturing process is completely documented and digitally logged to ensure repeatability.

Quality control processes include static and dynamic tests before the vehicle is approved for road use. High standards of panel alignment, panel gaps and clearances, painting, polishing, leather craft and stitching are all rigidly adhered to. Functional tests are conducted in a climatic chamber. Dynamic tests for air and water tightness, road noise, wet and dry handling, driveability, braking, NVH and all performance aspects are carried out on track. Tests are also carried out for maximum speed and rough surface behaviour.

Type Approval
Sciàdipersia has received Type Approval under European Directive 2007/46EC for cars in small series production. The engine complies with the EURO 6 regulations.

Delivery Times and Costs
The price for Touring Sciàdipersia Cabriolet is available on request. Touring Superleggera is able to deliver the complete car within six months of receiving the donor car. Each part produced or modified by Touring Superleggera is covered by a two year, unlimited mileage warranty, subject to normal terms of use. The availability of parts produced or modified by Touring Superleggera is guaranteed for life.

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