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The exotic Italian automaker Maserati unveiled a drop top version of its successful GT sports car, called the GranCabrio, at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The GranCabrio is Maserati’s first four seater convertible and has the longest wheelbase on the market will go on sale beginning in March of 2010. The GranCabrio is powered by a 4.7 Liter V8 that produces 433 HP at a screaming 7000 RPM and 362 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the high revving V8, the GrandCabrio is slated to run from 0 to 60 MPH in around the 5 second mark and continue on up to a 180 MPH top speed.

The GranCabrio represents the very essence of Maserati in terms of open air motoring. It’s a Maserati in the purest sense of the word: from the unmistakable styling carried out by Pininfarina to the luxurious and spacious interior. From the craftsmanship of each detail to the driving pleasure and performance the Maserati GranCabrio enriches all five senses, without the need to sacrifice comfort and performance.

Updated 02/09/10:Maserati revealed a new image gallery of the Maserati GranCabrio and also a series of video of the car on the road. Check them out!

Updated 12/22/2010: Maserati North America announced that the GranCabrio has been sold out on the US market. Starting at a price of $136,000, the GranCabrio has considerable improved Maserati’s sales on the North American market, up 49% compared to 2009.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

The Maserati GranCabrio, the first four-seater convertible in the Trident carmaker’s history, will make its world wide debut on September 15 at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The introduction of the GranCabrio – the Trident’s third prong – completes Maserati’s product line-up that now consists of three different families of models: Quattroporte, GranTurismo, GranCabrio.

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The GranCabrio represents the very essence of Maserati in terms of open-top cars. It’s a Maserati in the purest sense of the word: from the unmistakable style by Pininfarina to the spacious interior, from the craftsmanship of each detail to the driving pleasure and performance. The Maserati GranCabrio enriches all five senses in a shared open-air experience, without sacrificing comfort and performance. A dream car designed and built for men and women who love to live life in an understated – though sophisticated - manner. Like all the made in Maserati open-top convertibles: special cars aimed at refined connoisseurs.

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The GranCabrio is continuing the Maserati tradition in open-top fine automobiles, beginning with the 1950 A6G Frua Spyder, and continuing through a long list of significant and thrilling open air models. However, in adding to this tradition, the GranCabrio opens a new chapter, because never before have four-seater top-down models ever been produced at the Viale Ciro Menotti Maserati factory in Modena. Four proper seats are provided, so that the rear passengers are not merely supporting actors, but co-stars of the journey.

The GranCabrio is powered by a 4.7 liter V8, 323 kW engine and is the convertible with the longest wheelbase on the market. The GranCabrio’s roof is strictly canvas-made, emphasizing the link with the Maserati tradition.

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The Maserati GranCabrio will be marketed this coming winter, and experienced by customers the world over from the following spring.

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  (665) posted on 03.17.2010

I’ve seen this before and I’m positive about that just I can’t remember what model.

  (534) posted on 02.9.2010

Well, I do hope that since it is the first 4 seater from them, that they have given it a good leg room for the passengers. It is actually one of the things that I look for in a convertible.

  (569) posted on 01.25.2010

the coupe is always beautiful to look at, but something is not right with the drop top - guess the head-restrains of the rear seats is not well integrated but i would love to be in that seat hearing that glorious V8 growl.

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