The perks of joining the most successful Formula One team in the history of the sport include being helicoptered around to exotic ski destinations in the Italian hills and being presented with the keys to one of the most beautiful Italian cars for a while. Among others of course. Fernando Alonso, Formula One’s top driver, has just been gifted a Maserati GranCabrio by his new employer Ferrari.
Double World Champion Alonso also got to personalise his GranCabrio according to his liking. He selected Griogio Granito (Grey Granite) for the exterior and the inside the champ chose a two-tone combination of Pearl Beige and Bordeaux leather that also matches the soft-top canvas roof that covers the GranCabrio.
The GranCabrio is the first ever four-seater cabriolet from Maserati. It was designed by Italian coach-builder Pininfarina and is powered by a 4.7-liter V8 with 440hp coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. The new Maserati GranCabrio goes on sale across Europe this month.
The two-times Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso, driver of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, has “unveiled” in Fiorano the Maserati GranCabrio that he has selected.
The Spanish driver has chosen for the GranCabrio elegant fixtures, preferring a darker shade for the exterior in combination with two-tone upholstery for the interior. Grigio Granito is the colour of the body, while the interior has a combination of Pearl Beige and Bordeaux leather, matching a soft top of the same shade.
The GranCabrio represents the synthesis of Maseratis in terms of top down models. It is a Maserati in the purest sense of the term: from the unmistakable style of Pininfarina to the craftsmanship of every detail, from the pleasure of driving to top performance – assured by a V8 engine of 4.7 liters and 440 hp with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fernando Alonso was particularly impressed by the space offered by the GranCabrio, perfect for four adult passengers. The GranCabrio is in fact the first four-seat convertible in the history of Maserati.
To emphasize the link with the Maserati tradition, the roof of the GranCabrio is strictly canvas. Available in six colours, perfectly integrated into the design of the car, it folds up in only 20 seconds (28 seconds including the movement of the four independent windows).
The Maserati GranCabrio is being marketed throughout Europe starting in this month of March.