Juan Manuel Fangio’s fifth F1 world title is commemorated in a new color for the upcoming Maserati GranCabrio Sport, whose proper name is Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport. The car accelerates to 60 miles per hour faster than you could say all of that though, thus we refer to it simply as GranCabrio Sport.
Maserati has announced this 444-horsepower version of the Maserati GranCabrio will be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Maserati’s 4.7-liter V-8, producing 376 pound-feet of torque, will be paired with a six-speed automatic ZF transmission borrowed from the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S. The paddle-shifted transmission offers racing inspired shifts and conducts the engine’s output to the rear wheels.
Top speed is 177 miles per hour.
A comprehensive friction reduction effort has made the revised engine more responsive, as well as more fuel-efficient. It is estimated the engine will return six percent better fuel economy with the improvements instituted by the Maserati Friction Reduction Program.
Maserati’s active suspension system has been recalibrated for higher performance to keep up with the engine improvements. Additionally, grooved and cross-drilled dual-cast brake rotors have been fitted to help dissipate speed more effectively.
Traffic-spotters will pick out the Sport version of the Maserati GranCabrio via its black grille featuring the company’s renowned trident logo laced with red accents. Additionally, the car’s nose is framed by body-colored front corner splitters and redesigned side skirts.
The new color is called Rosso Trionfale and is inspired by the red Italian national racing colors used on the 1950’s racing Maseratis. There was a time when Formula 1 racing cars wore national colors—rather than corporate logos as they do today. Italian cars wore red, British cars were green, German cars wore silver, and French cars were blue.