Aftermarket Nip and Tuck For The Astoundingly Looking GranCabrio and GranTurismo

German tuning company Pogea Racing crafted an all-new tuning kit for the Maserati GranCabrio, and consequently, for the Gran Turismo. The dated Italian sports car from Maserati is on its last legs on the market. We can expect discontinuation as early as next year, but that did not stop Pogea Racing from creating a one of a kind tuning kit for what is, probably, one of the most beautiful designs in the history of the automobile. Based around the GranCabrio, the Pogea Racing kit includes suspension tweaks, an engine upgrade, and interior modifications. External body kit? None of that I am afraid; however, the Maserati GranCabrio and the GranTurismo are already astoundingly beautiful.

Exterior

2018 Pogea Racing Maserati GranCabrio Exterior
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While you cannot see any new exterior body-kit because there isn’t one, the Pogea Racing Maserati GranCabrio does differ a bit compared with the stock car.

After replacing old coilovers with new ones that managed to drop the car by almost 2 inches, Pogea installed all-new wheels.

Called the “Jules 21” (c’mon, guess the diameter if you can), the new wheels are really cool. Not only in how they look (stunning), but the technology and materials used as well. These lightweight units were formed of special aluminum alloys “using a state-of-the-art manufacturing process”. Pogea did not detail the development process of the wheels, but they did say that the new wheels are shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires - 245/30ZR21 front and 325/25ZR21 - back.

Interior

To complement the subtle exterior additions, Pogea Racing offers a wide variety of interior modifications as well. It actually did not do much with this particular GranCabrio, but if you’d like, Pogea Racing can change some stock inlays with carbon fiber parts and upholster any imaginable surface with the best possible leather.

Drivetrain and Performance

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The 4.7-liter, V-8 in the GranCabrio and the GranTurismo was never really a powerhouse an enthusiast would like to find in a car of this magnitude. Yet, it sounds biblical, and with its naturally-aspirated nature, it is one of only a few that offer that raw power and torque. Pogea Racing did not have to do a lot to improve its 460 horsepower.

In fact, the Germans included a sports air filter and remapped the ECU. This released a bit more of that naturally aspirated grunt.

Now, the GranCabrio’s 4.7-liter, V-8 develops 480 horsepower and 393 pound-feet of torque. This is not a massive upgrade, but it complements the other subtle modifications quite well.

No wonder this particular sports car can go above 186 mph. Actually, it could probably hit 190 mph.

Final Thoughts

2018 Pogea Racing Maserati GranCabrio Exterior
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While Pogea Racing obviously did not overwhelm the GranCabrio and the GranTurismo with changes, the simple matter of a fact is that under German tuning guidance, the GranTurismo feels a tad fresher. Maybe even modern. As one of the latest sports cars powered by a naturally-aspirated engine, the GranCabrio and the GranTurismo have the allure of a proper Italian thoroughbred. Well, while I am sure that all of us like the GranTurismo very much, Maserati does not plan to offer a successor. Instead, expect the Alfieri (probably smaller than the GranTurismo) to appear in 2022 or so. Up until then, reach out to Pogea Racing because this company will make your Maser much better.

Further reading

2018 Maserati GranTurismo
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Read our full review on the 2018 Maserati GranCabrio.

2018 Maserati GranTurismo Exterior High Resolution
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Read our full review on the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo.

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