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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 20th 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 sensuous and sexy SPLENDID: The Maserati GranCabrio 2010 makes quite a sight in a well lit Italian street. on the road WHO would be mad enough to launch a cabriolet in winter. The Italians, who want their new model ready for summer, that's who. To set the picture: The first snow storm in 25 years blankets Rome as it spreads across Europe. Blocked roads, cancelled flights, stranded passengers sleeping at airports, chaos on the cobblestoned streets, and Romans building miniature snowmen on the backs of their scooters. It's bleak and freezing and we can't drive the car. We're in Rome for the international launch --- trouble is we are not going anywhere. The day's drive is cancelled. There's even snow falling on the beaches on Italy's west coast --- our destination. We will try tomorrow. Maybe. And maybe the backlog of passengers will be cleared so the planes are back on schedule. Maybe. The Maserati team take it on the chin. ''Hey, we have built a beautiful car for summer,'' one quipped. And they have. The following day it takes me exactly 11 seconds to make my mind up about that. That's the time it takes to circle the boulevard cruiser. That's twice as long as it takes for the cabrio to hit 100km/h from a standing start. Hey, this is supposed to be a cruiser not a bruiser, but a zero to 100km/h sprint time of 5.3 seconds for a car which weighs in at just under two tonnes reveals that Maserati means business. This is no show pony and the ride and handling show Maserati's development work in producing a car which soaks up the bumps but also allows flat cornering has worked a treat. Despite its stunning looks, there is no hiding the fact that the GranCabrio is a big lump of a car. This is a high flying four seater first class lounge on wheels. But all cabrios are going to include compromises. Removing the roof creates enormous engineering problems maintaining rigidity, while storage of the folding room is going to rob the vehicle of luggage space. But Maserati has done a good job here. The rear pews are tight but comfortable and there is some boot space which is a bonus. And there's little in the way of buffeting. Indeed the cabrio is so well protected that the optional wind blocker is not needed.. The GranCabrio is two cars in one. Left in its normal settings it is a very capable cruiser. Push the sport button next to the steering wheel and it's a whole new ball game. Sport means the suspension becomes stiffer, the gear changes are quicker and, beyond 3000rpm, the V8 delivers a louder note. they say we say The GranCabrio's magical chemistry starts when you look at it: it is shockingly beautiful, with the soft top up or down and it is a real masterpiece that's just asking to be driven by lovers of beautiful cars who want to travel cocooned in a refined and comfortable ambience.'' Maserati being oh-so-modest about its newcomer, from the official press release. The GranCabrio is every bit as good as we anticipated and some. Stunning styling, with performance, ride and handling to drive the cabrio at the top of its class. Let down by thirst for fuel, poor rear quarter visibility when the roof is up and it's tight for rear head room. One of the best sound systems, cabin design and that deep down growl from the V8 more than make up for it. PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES CNR. 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