What will you listen to when the V8 is gone?
Maserati recently unveiled the all-new GranTurismo, finally updating its beloved, if somewhat mediocre V8 grand tourer. And it has been quick to reveal that a convertible version, which will revive the GranCabrio nameplate, will arrive next year.
The new GranTurismo comes powered by a twin-turbo V6 or batteries. The all-electric GranTurismo Folgore has 760 horsepower on tap and this is the variant that will have its roof removed according to Autocar. Maserati's head of global products, Massimo Capaldi, confirmed that a new, electric GranCabrio is on the way.
Lovers of the Nettuno V6 need not be concerned, however, as the brand head also revealed that the car's existing six-cylinder choice would join the drop-top lineup in two trims.
To sum up, that means two six-pot choices. The Modena trim, as we learned about during the coupe's debut, will make 490 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. A Trofeo version will produce 550 hp/479 lb-ft. We imagine the roadster will be slightly heavier than the coupe's 3,957-pound curb weight.
Then, there's to be a GranCabrio Folgore, which will likely pack the rapid 800-volt architecture found in the hardtop.
Again, we assume there will be quite a lot of carry-over from the coupe. For now, that likely means the drop-top gets three 300 kW motors producing a combined 760 hp. Unfortunately, all those electronics mean a curb weight north of the coupe's 4,982 lbs.
Still, Maserati has said it'll be a "unique" offering. We struggle to think of any other four-seat electric roadsters right now, so there is something to that. Mazer also says the car is positioned to fight the Bentley Continental GT, which hasn't been electrified, though it will be by 2025.
The new drop-top should push well past the coupe's price bracket. It could come in north of $225,000.
Rumor has it Maserati will be debuting this new Grancabrio next year. Keep in mind this brings the total number of Maserati-branded EVs to three.
Maserati itself is in the middle of a massive push for electrification. It will stop selling gas engines altogether come 2030. By 2025, Maserati will debut new electric versions of the Levante, Quattroporte, and MC20. Those will all likely ride with the Folgore badge using the same 800-volt architecture as this car.