Maserati has announced the arrival of its most hard-core drop-top ever, the GranCabrio MC, in Australia.
From the outside, the most noticeable difference is the MC's unique bodywork.
Thanks to extensively reshaped front and rear bumpers, sideskirts and rear diffuser, the MC's aero kit adds almost five centimeters to the GranCabrio's overall length and boosts downforce by 10 percent at the front and 25 percent at the rear at speeds of 140km/h.
Top speed is a heady 289km/h, and the GranCabrio MC will sprint to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds when launch control is activated.
With 338kW coursing out of its 4.7 litre naturally-aspirated V8, the GranCabrio MC is every bit as powerful as the GranTurismo MC Stradale.
However, the GranCabrio makes use of a conventional six-speed hydraulic automatic gearbox dubbed MC AutoShift, rather than the robotised manual used by its coupe cousin.
But that's not to the detriment of performance, says Maserati. The MC AutoShift can hold gears against redline, and is capable of rev-matching on downchanges to eliminate drivetrain shock. In the GranCabrio MC, manual gearshifts are executed by a set of large shift paddles, while the drilled alloy pedals are borrowed from the MC Trofeo race car.
Besides the gearbox, there's one other significant point of difference between the GranCabrio MC and the GranTurismo MC Stradale. The GranCabrio MC is a four-seater, while the hardtop is strictly for two people.
The GranCabrio's folding fabric roof also adds a significant amount of weight, explaining why the convertible is three tenths of a second slower to 100km/h than the coupe.
Suspension for the GranCabrio MC is non-adjustable, and tuned for sportier handling, 10 percent less body roll and sharper turn-in response.
The order book is now open, and at $355,000 before on-road costs the Maserati GranCabrio MC is definitely one of the more expensive ways to get that wind-in-you-hair feeling.