Though it isn’t the new GranSport that had been rumored, Maserati has upped the performance of its GranTurismo Convertible with a new track-focused version revealed today ahead of its debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show on Thursday. The car is the new Maserati GranTurismo Convertible MC, and as its name suggests it is the convertible version of the GranTurismo MC coupe that went on sale last year.
The aggressive look of the vehicle is inspired by the design of the racing version of the GranTurismo, which competes in the Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo Series. The one-make series recently made its North American debut at Sonoma Raceway in California and even featured actor-turned-racer Patrick Dempsey as a contender.
One of the elements derived from the race car on the new GranTurismo Convertible MC is a sporty front bumper with an extended lip spoiler that adds some 48 millimeters to the vehicle’s length and is claimed to improve aerodynamics. There are also new wheels, an aggressive diffuser integrated into the rear bumper and a small spoiler sitting atop the rear deck. To add to the race car look, this small spoiler can be ordered in pure carbon fiber.
While no other details have been released, expect to see the latest GranTurismo Convertible MC pick up the same 4.7-liter V-8 engine found in the coupe. This means a peak output of 444 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 mph run should take less than 5.0 seconds, while top speed should come in somewhere around 185 mph. Expect a ZF six-speed automatic as standard.
Maserati’s decision to build the car was based on the success of the previous coupe version, which the automaker says was warmly received by customers. Given the stunning looks and performance of this latest convertible, we suspect it’ll do just as well.
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