Car Wanted: Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

Maserati Gran Turismo convertible

Well, you can’t have the GranTurismo Convertible, because it’s now sold out in the U.S. Maserati disposed of 558 of these babies at fire-sale prices in the ten months since its introduction in March, so if you want one now, you’ve got to go on a waiting list.

Altogether, the company has sold 1,717 vehicles in the past year, and sales are up 48 percent in the U.S. By comparison, through November, Bentley sold 1,233, Lamborghini 264, and Ferrari 1,396.

For a luxo sports car like this—a Ferrari-junior four-passenger cabrio with all kinds of options—the starting price of $135,800 is really a great bargain. The car’s engine, a 4.7-liter V8, was co-developed with Ferrari and produces 433 hp, fed through a six-speed ZF automatic. It can do the quarter-mile in 13.2 seconds or 0-60 mph in 5.15, per the website.

The thing about Maseratis is that they convey ultimate car class without ostentation. At about half the cost of a Ferrari, you can get much of the performance, all of the quality, and a more understated style. At one-eighth the cost of the Bugatti Veyron, you can stand out without flaunting your narcissism.

In this video, the Convertible’s big brother, the GranTurismo S, shows off its beauty and desirability, making most of the high-end German stuff look just… dull. And you can still blow off the competition with 440 hp.

But one looming development may cheapen the brand forever. We reported last month on the likelihood of a Maserati SUV based on the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. It seems that Chrysler-Fiat (Maserati’s owner) and CEO Sergio Marchionne are determined to make this happen.

Now, the Grand Cherokee is a good car, and it would be nice to have a Maserati made in Detroit. But what sort of offspring would result from this marriage? We leave it to you to give us your thoughts in a comment.

Is a Maserati SUV built on a Jeep platform a good idea?

—jgoods

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