Word in the pipeline via MotorTrend is that Maserati is on track with readying a new successor to the GranTurismo lineup, which include the GranCabrio and the Gran Sport variants as well. But the focus reportedly lies with the GranCabrio, which is said to be shrinking in size to better compete against the Jaguar F-Type and the Porsche 911.
Maserati’s CEO Harald Wester apparently spoke with the magazine and said that the current GranCabrio “is too big.”
“The four-seat GranCabrio is in segment where even the biggest-selling competitor sells just 2000 a year maximum.” He points out that smaller cars sell better. “We need a smaller sports car.”
As of now, Maserati is in the midst of designing the new GranCabrio, which should be nearly the same length as the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. A production model is a ways off, with estimates hovering around at least three years away.
Though word is that the new line of Gran*insert variant name here* will ride on a modified version of the same modular platform underpinning the new Quattroporte and Ghibli. The Ghibli’s twin-turbo V6 good for 404hp is also said to be on tap for offering.
Starting prices are guesstimated to hover around the same pricing as the Quattroporte V6, which should be in the $80k-$100k range. The bigger GranTurismo coupe will still hold the role as being a larger grand touring coupe and will utilize the same basic mechanicals as the Quattroporte.
– By: Chris Chin