Facelifted 2018 Maserati GranCabrio bows gracefully at Goodwood
The same updates from the GranTurismo look better on the convertible
Following the world debut of the facelifted 2018 GranTurismo in New York, Maserati has chosen the Goodwood Festival of Speed as the venue for the world premiere of the 2018 GranCabrio.
As expected, the GranCabrio adopts the same upgrades received by the coupé, including exterior styling tweaks, a refined interior, and a new infotainment system. As with the 2018 GranTurismo, the GranCabrio offers two distinct versions, the Sport, and the MC. Both are powered by a Ferrari-built naturally aspirated 4.7-liter V8 engine that makes 460 hp at 7,000 rpm and 520 Nm (383 lb-ft) of torque at 4,750 rpm. The unit is linked to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission that sends torque to the rear wheels.
Styling-wise, the 2018 Maserati GranCabrio adopts the new "shark nose" hexagonal grille inspired by the Alfieri Concept which gives the car more presence as well as improved aerodynamics.
Together with the new, lower air ducts, the grille helps improve the airflow distribution and reduces aerodynamic drag from 0.35 to 0.33. At the rear, the bumper has also been redesigned, gaining a two-fold layout.
The main update when it comes to the interior is the new, 8.4-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system that is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The lower console has been redesigned to accommodate a double rotary dial made of forged aluminum as well as the repositioned button cluster for the car's driving mode. Finally, the new Maserati double dial clock at the center of the dashboard and the Harman Kardon Premium Sound system are now standard on both Sport and MC versions.
The 2018 Maserati GranCabrio, alongside its GranTurismo sibling, will also make their global dynamic debuts at Goodwood, as they will take part in the Supercar Run on the Goodwood Hillclimb.