The GranCabrio Sport from Maserati

By P. Joseph

Luxury sports car maker Maserati is to launch its latest performance model, the GranCabrio Sport, at this week’s Geneva Motor Show.

The new model is billed as offering more driving enjoyment thanks to an improved overall vehicle dynamics, more horse power, a more responsive and efficient engine and optimised gearshift response.

The original GranCabrio was launched at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now Maserati hope that the Sports edition takes its grand-touring convertible to a new level.

Capable of hitting top speeds of 177mph (285km/h), the Italian manufacturer has also managed to reduce the car's combined cycle fuel consumption by 6 per cent to 14.5 litres/100km.

Other modifications include a revised Skyhook active suspension, as well as the introduction of grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs.

The vehicle is made distinctive by its black front grille that uses a Trident with red accents, black-style headlights with white sidemarks, new front corner splitters and sideskirts.

The GranCabrio Sport will be on global sale starting from summer 2011.

By P. Joseph