Fernando Alonso Beats Us To Maserati GranCabrio

By John Beltz Snyder

March 18, 2010

Because he can’t drive the Ferrari F10 every day, Bahrain GP winner Fernando Alonso has selected a fine Maserati GranCabrio for himself, in the color of Grigio Granito.

According to the press release, below, he was “particularly impressed by the space offered by the GranCabrio.” We suppose when you’re a winning F1 driver, a 433-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 takes a backseat to, well, a backseat.

See the pilot and his new GranCabrio in the gallery, or scroll down for the press release.



Modena, March 18 2010. 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 433 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.