By Andrew Ganz
Thursday, Jul 28th, 2011 @ 2:25 pm
Following its Geneva Motor Show debut, Maserati has officially slapped a price tag on its harder-edged GranTurismo Convertible Sport. Appropriate for its range-topping position, the GranTurismo Convertible Sport will command a hefty $146,300.

Known as the GranCabrio Sport in markets outside of North America, this four-seat droptop is even sharper than the standard GranTurismo convertible thanks to a more powerful 4.7-liter V8 and a revised suspension.

Sitting under its long hood is a 4.7-liter V8 rated at 444 horsepower and 376 lb-ft. of torque. The Maserati V8 mates exclusively to a six-speed ZF-developed automatic transmission with integrated paddle shifters. The automaker's Friction Reduction Programming helps increase power while resulting in a 6 percent decrease in fuel consumption. Official fuel economy figures have not been announced.

Maserati's Skyhook active suspension system has been revised and retuned for the GranTurismo Convertible Sport and the droptop now gains grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs.

To look the part, Maserati gives the car a black grille with a red-painted trident, black headlamps and a totally revised painted bodykit. The GranTurismo Convertible Sport also signals the debut of a new paint color - Rosso Trionfale, which the automaker says was inspired by its 1950 racing cars.

Dealers should begin receiving the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport in August in North America.

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