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First Drive: 2011 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

Kick-starting the brand.

by on Mar.23, 2011

Elegant and aggressive, the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible is the most popular offering the maker has ever brought to the U.S.

During the winter-that-never-ends it doesn’t take much to lure a sun-deprived Detroiter to Florida – especially if someone is waiting there with the keys to a new Maserati GranTurismo Convertible.

Few brands have so much drawing power – or deliver such visual stopping power.  And the new GT cabriolet is a worthy addition to Maserati’s long-running line-up.

The look is precisely what you’d expect out of Modena, sinfully curvaceous, with an oversized trident logo set in the 4-seater’s toothy grille.  There’s a trend, these days, towards overstyling, with designers apparently being paid for every line and crease they can find room for.  Not so the GranTurismo Convertible.  It is the automotive equivalent of a Mozart aria, where the loss of a single note – or line – would be deeply missed.

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Appearances can be misleading, however.  An initial glance is likely to under-estimate the bulk of this beauty.  The GT is actually the largest vehicle in its class, even bigger than such competitors as the BMW 6-Series and the Bentley Continental GT.