Maserati South Africa today celebrated the arrival of its final GranCabrio and GranTurismo models, just as Maserati announced the end of production of this iconic sports car. “We are very fortunate to have received two models shortly before the GranTurismo and GranCabrio ended production in Modena. With its raucous V8 engine and timeless design, we are very sad to see production end, but also very excited about what the future holds,” says Rens Rademeyer, Dealer Principal of Maserati Johannesburg. The two models are both finished in Special Edition colours and will represent the last new models on sale of this iconic sports car. The GranTurismo is finished in a unique blue hue, called Blu Assoluto, and the GranCabrio is finished in an equally unique red colour, called Rosso Italiano.
The arrival of the final two South African models follows shortly after the last Maserati GranTurismo rolled off the line. Called Zéda, it features a very unique paint finish, flowing from the raw metal to the unique Maserati blue. The Zéda will soon travel the world to not only mark the end of Maserati’s most successful sports car to date, but also to give an indication of the future of Maserati’s model range. “Since first launching in 2007, the GranTurismo and GranCabrio have been one of the most popular model ranges in the history of the company. It is no surprise then that there is such an interest in the last two South African units,” says Rademeyer. The final South African GranCabriolet is a Maserati Corse (MC) version, which means it has a top speed of 291 km/h from its 343 kW 4.7 litre V8 engine. The 0 – 100 km/h time of 4.9 seconds is faster than that of its siblings, but it shares all GranTurismo’s rear-wheel drive configuration and the slight rear-biased weight distribution.
“You can easily distinguish the GranCabrio MC model from lesser versions, thanks to its heat extraction vents in the hood, its custom 20” alloy wheels with Trident motif and its carbon fibre detailing,” says Rademeyer. “It also features special lightweight fenders and bonnet and a unique sport exhaust system.” Joining the GranCabrio MC as the last of its kind is a GranCabrio Sports Auto with MC Sportline interior. This model features a similar, hand built V8 with a top speed of 299 km/h. According to Rademeyer, Maserati is planning a very special ceremony for the owners of these last two models. “We plan to celebrate the end of these iconic sports cars with our customers, before getting ready for an exciting new era for Maserati in 2020 when we will introduce the incredibly powerful Maserati Levante Trofeo.”