Ultimate drop-top cruiser: 2014 Maserati GranCabrio MC
THIS week for my blog, lets take a look at this gorgeous 2014 Maserati GranCabrio MC, one of the ultimate drop top cruisers.
Equipped with its front mounted 4.7-litre V8 engine, it produces one of the angriest sounds I've ever heard, up there with the Jaguar F-Type R. The engine in this Maserati is capable of producing up to 338kW (454 hp) at 7000rpm and 520Nm of torque (384 lb-ft of torque) at 4750rpm.
This gearbox is able to shift within 60 milliseconds when the car is in "Race" mode. I will talk about all the different driving modes later on in this article.
This particular model also has a kerb weight of 1880 kilograms.
The 2014 Maserati GranCabrio MC is able to launch from 0-100 kilometres per hour in just 4.9 seconds, and it will keep accelerating until it reaches its top speed of 289 kilometres per hour (180 miles per hour).
As I was saying before, this Maserati has a few different driving modes to choose from. First up we have the 'Auto' mode, which sets the gearbox in auto mode, and has the lowest throttle response available for smooth driving in traffic.
Next we have 'Sport' mode, which puts the gearbox in manual mode to use the carbon fibre shifting paddles behind the steering wheel. It also speeds up the gear changes and also the throttle response.
Lastly we have my personal favourite, 'Race' mode! This setting makes the steering sharper and heavier for greater control of the car; it sets the gearbox at the fastest shifting speed possible and also the fastest throttle response available.
Some other features that this particular GranTurismo is equipped with includes 20″, 10 spoke MC Design alloy wheels wrapped in performance tires, the Carbon Fibre package which adds carbon fibre on the mirrors, door handles and also on the rear wing, double-wishbone front and rear suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, four-wheel ABS as well as traction and stability control, dusk-sensing xenon headlights, a leather interior, and much more!
You can currently buy a brand-new 2014 Maserati GranCabrio MC from $355,000 AUD plus on-road costs.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com