Maserati has introduced the new 2012 GranCabrio Sport coming with more power, a faster gearshift and a distinctively aggressive look.

2012 Maserati GranCabrio Sport is powered by a staggering 4.7 liter naturally aspirated V8 with 450HP (331 kW) at 7000RPM and 510Nm (378 lb-ft) of torque at 4750RPM. 0 to 100 km/h takes 5.2 seconds and the top speed is 285 km/h (177 mph). It is mated to a 6-speed super-fast gearbox featuring MC Auto Shift mode.

The engine is rather thirsty – 22.5 litres / 100 km in the city, 9.8 liters / 100 on the highway and 14.5 liters / 100 on combined cycle. The CO2 emissions are 337 g/km.

Everything in 2012 GranCabrio Sport has been improved. The handling and the Skyhook active-suspension system. The brake system has been revised, too.

The options list is huge, but the interesting extras are: interior and exterior carbon fibre features, Astro-design 20" wheels, Chrome-line including door handles, the capote mouldings and the exhaust tips.

While introducing the GranCabrio Sport, Maserati has also refreshed the detailing of the GranCabrio.

The MY2012 GranCabrio now receives a chromed front grille and side vents, while it also receives adjustable lumbar support for the front passenger as standard equipment.

It has also added the options of a new, anodized matt red brake caliper for the GranCabrio.

The car is priced at £102 615 on the road. The first right-hand drive vehicles will reach UK clients in October 2011.

Check out the specifications, below!

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2012 GranCabrio Sport Specifications:

Body

High-strength steel monocoque, under-body aluminium cross bracing

Layout

Front-mid-engine, rear-drive

Engine

4.7-litre all-alloy V8

Power - 450hp (331kW) @ 7000rpm

Torque - 510Nm @ 4750rpm

Capacity - 4691cc

Bore x stroke - 94mm x 84.5mm

Compression ratio - 11.25:1

Maximum engine speed – 7200RPM

Oil delivery - Wet sump

0-100km/h acceleration - 5.2 seconds

Top speed - 285km/h

Fuel consumption – Urban - 22.5 litres/100km

Fuel consumption – Extra-urban - 9.8 litres/100km

Fuel consumption – combined - 14.5 litres/100km

CO2 emissions - 337 grams/km Transmission

Six-speed automatic (ZF 6HP26) with MC Auto Shift

Ratios

First:                4.171:1

Second:            2.340:1

Third:               1.521:1

Fourth:             1.143:1

Fifth:                0.867:1

Sixth:               0.691:1

Reverse:          3.403:1

Final Drive:      3.73:1 Differential

Asymmetric limited-slip (25% in traction, 45% in release) with bevel drive

Steering

Engine-speed sensitive power steering, rack-and-pinion.

Turning circle

12.3 metres

Dimensions:

Length - 4881mm

Width (with mirrors) - 2056mm

Width (without mirrors) - 1915mm

Height - 1353mm

Wheelbase - 2942mm

Front track - 1586mm

Rear track - 1590mm

Front overhang - 873mm

Rear overhang - 1066mm

Boot/trunk capacity - 173 litres

Fuel capacity - 75 litres

Dry weight (EU) - 1887kg

Kerb weight (EU) - 1980kg

Weight distribution (roof closed) - 49% front/51% rear

Weight distribution (roof open) - 48%/52%

Brakes

360mm front discs, 330mm rear discs

Tyres

245/35 ZR20 (front); 285/35 ZR20 (rear)

Price

£102 615 OTR

Source: Maserati