We admit, we have taken the title straight from Maserati’s one-liner for the GranTurismo. The reason we did so is that in those four words, the 2015 Maserati Convertible has been summed up brilliantly. We couldn’t resist the urge as a Maserati GranTurismo is in fact, a car that is rarely seen but always heard.
The allure behind a Maserati has not changed much over the years. It is still a car brand that demands respect and recognition. The latter is especially a true characteristic of any Maserati. You will be able to recognize the car from a mile away. The signature grille and the trident insignia have been the identifiers of a Maserati for decades.
The GranTurismo is a car that has been in production for just a decade and in that time has come to redefine the segment as we know it. The Maserati GranTurismo is a beauty, no matter what angle you look at it from, you will be wowed. Today, we turn our focus to the 2015 Maserati convertible and see what made it so appealing.
The 2015 Maserati Convertible Aura
If the Maserati GranTurismo was a head-turner, now imagine a convertible version. Many refer to it as the Maserati Convertible, but its proper name is actually the Maserati GranCabrio. Maserati knew what they were doing. A convertible would just stun people and wow crowds instantaneously. The car creates an ethereal experience for buyers. From the moment you lay your eyes on a 2015 Maserati convertible and till you step inside and start the engine, it is an experience. Words can hardly describe it, you feel as though you have entered a whole new world.
This is not a car for those that are looking for pure performance or efficiency. It is also not a cheap car, the Maserati brand prices its cars exorbitantly highly and it knows the clientele it gets are not the cheap kind. Everything about owning a Maserati has to do with the notions of exclusivity and status. The GranTurismo is a classic example of Maserati making a car for a rare breed of consumers.
The car is not the most advanced nor is it the fastest, but it is one of the most striking cars to look at. Therein lies the appeal, the sheer head-turning factor of owning a Maserati. So, what more does this car offer? Let’s find out.
There are three models of the 2015 Maserati convertible, the Sport, GranTurismo MC, GranCabrio MC Centennial. The difference is in the trim, sports suspension, exhaust setup, and a slight change in the interiors.
2015 Maserati GranTurismo Sport Convertible
Featuring the signature concave Maserati grille, the 2015 Maserati GranTurismo Sport convertible looks just right. To add to the flair of the grille, the sculpted hood stoops low and gives it that mean stance. The curves around the roof and the rear are subtle and can only be appreciated when you look at the car in full view.
As it is a convertible, once you drop the top, the car just dazzles. The contrasting interior shines in the light and helps distinguish the car from others. The car is a GT in all aspects and is a four-seater by all means. The rear while still understated houses what is perhaps the most important feature in a Maserati, its dual exhaust pipes. While the rear looks extremely attractive and special, it is still the source of something truly special, that awesome Italian soundtrack.
You get 21-inch wheels as standard and the sheer size of these wheels makes sure that everyone on the road knows your footprint. There’s a choice of rims ranging from a silver metallic, through to a black depending on which variant you opt for.
Italian V8 Engine
The 2015 Maserati convertible price is not pocket-friendly and perhaps one of the reasons why it may be so is down to the engine. Maserati has been in motor racing for decades and that expertise truly comes into its own when we take a look under that sculpted look.
Powering the Maserati GranTurismo is a V8, a Ferrari-sourced 4.7-liter V8 that delivers a tasteful 444 – 454 horsepower. This figure varies by 10 bhp depending if you are in the standard GranCabrio, Sport or MC version. Nonetheless, the 2015 Maserati GranTurismo convertible 0-60 time is just slightly slower than the hard top GranTurismo at 5 seconds, this is mainly due to the extra weight the convertible chassis has to carry. The MC variant achieves the 0-60mph sprint in 0.2 seconds faster at 4.8 seconds.
Quite fast for a convertible, we must say. The car behaves well on the road thanks to the quick six-speed ZF transmission. The setup is smooth and it responds very quickly. This is a vast improvement compared to the earlier GranTurismo models as the gearbox is well known for being clunky. The gearbox improvement is a much welcomed upgrade.
The car is simply irresistible to drive without the top-down. You can feel the breeze and the low gurgle from the engine, and when you want to truly experience the pleasures of a convertible, just step on the throttle.
Maserati’s first production cars were so luxurious that various kings, presidents and sultans from around the world were among the first to purchase them. The company wishes to maintain this status quo and as a result, in this 2015 Maserati GranTurismo convertible review, we will of course take a look at the luxurious interiors.
The GranTurismo, true to its name comes with four adult-sized seats, giving you ample room for your passengers allowing you to take the car for touring purposes with more than one passenger. You can get exotic trims, custom stitching and color options for your leather seats. In 2015 the idea was not focused on filling the car with technology but to deliver a bespoke experience in the form of an automobile, the 2015 Maserati convertible, nails this aspect. Although, the infotainment is lacking up until the 2018 GranTurismo year model where it’s upgraded.
2015 Maserati GranTurismo MC Convertible
For those that want exhilarating performance, there is the 2015 Maserati GranTurismo MC Convertible. This option comes with a carbon-fiber vented hood, a forged 20-inch alloy wheels, a track-specific suspension, Brembo brakes and can hit a top speed of 185 mph. The engine is left untouched and it is still the same Ferrari-powered V8 from the GranTurismo Sport. Just with a slightly improved 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds, only 0.2 seconds faster than the sport.
The car is special in many ways and offers both the fun in a convertible and the performance of an MC. As pictured throughout this article, the Maserati GranCabrio MC Centennial version of the car was released in 2015. This is a special variant of the GranCabrio for this year model as it signified 100 years (a centenary) since Maserati was founded on the 1st of December 1914.
The GranCabrio MC Centennial is offered in a special three layer Inchiostro blue paint, Magma red color or lastly a Grigio Pietra (grey). These three colors represent the Maserati logo as we know it today and give a nod to the heritage of the brand. The MC Centennial is also equipped with the carbon ceramic brakes that you’ll also see on the MC Stradale.
There are specific interiors available based off what exterior has been chosen, this allows the interior and exterior of the car to compliment each other. There are four interior trims available which will include contrasting outlines on the seats, contrast stitching and the Maserati Trident in the headrest of each seat, all laid out over the Poltrona Frau leather.
Off the Top
Anyway you look at it, the 2015 Maserati GranTurismo convertible is a desirable car. It has all the makings of an all-time classic. While the price tag might seem a little far-fetched going up to $191,000, it is because the brand represents value and the forefront of Italian luxury and performance.
While for many it might not be the most economical option, Maserati’s unique customer base will still cherish this car and become fond owners as time passes. This is especially true for the rare MC Centennial edition as it represents the true spirit of Maserati, raw unhinged passion. It may even become a collectors item, but only time will tell.