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Maserati GranCabrio review

2024 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0
” The perfect companion for a summer's day “

At a glance

Price new £169,585
Used prices £134,576 - £145,970
Road tax cost £600
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Fuel economy 26.9 - 27.1 mpg
Miles per pound 3.9 - 4.0
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons

  • Sharper handling than Folgore
  • Punchy V6 engine
  • Excellent build quality
  • Gearbox too eager to change up in auto mode
  • V6 sounds better in Ferrari's 296 GTS
  • Expensive optional extras

Written by Piers Ward Published: 1 July 2024 Updated: 1 July 2024


Maserati may have ditched the legendary V8 engine for this latest version of the GranCabrio, but fortunately the car is still available with a petrol engine, this Trofeo model being fitted with a twin-turbo V6 that also appears in the MC20 supercar.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling rather guilty about the state of the climate crisis, you can opt for the all-electric GranCabrio Folgore, which we’ve covered in a separate review. We’re focusing on the petrol-powered model here, though. If you’re curious as to why we’ve separated out the cars like this, check out our how we test cars page for a breakdown of our methodology.

Based on the same platform as the GranTurismo coupe, the GranCabrio Trofeo gets additional strengthening to compensate for the lack of roof, adding 100kg to the kerbweight. Power is 542hp from the 3.0-litre V6, giving it a 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds. That’s just 0.1 seconds behind the new, hybrid Bentley Continental GTC Speed.

What’s it like inside?

A thing of beauty. Just as you’d expect from the exterior design, the Italians have got the balance between technology and luxury spot on. Leather is everywhere, unlike in the electric Folgore, and the mix of materials and finishes is as good as any rival’s.

The touchscreen set-up is improved with a twin-screen approach that works well. The lower one controls all the climate functions and the roof (although it seems a bit odd to have the roof control buried in a sub-menu) while the upper one is your information screen with elements like the radio and nav. It can get hot to the touch with the roof lowered, but visibility remains OK in sunlight.

Maserati GranCabrio Trofeo review: interior driving shot, Piers Ward at the wheel, red leather upholstery
The GranCabrio’s interior is beautifully assembled and surprisingly user-friendly.

Rear room isn’t limo-generous but you can seat two mid-sized adults in the rear. It’s not a place to spend hours but, because the backs of the front seats are quite sculpted, there’s enough knee room. It’s certainly an improvement on the Porsche 911 Cabriolet, if not quite as good as the Bentley Continental GTC.

How does it drive?

This is the better sports car of the GranCabrio duo. The Folgore can waft well, but it doesn’t feel anywhere near as nimble through corners.

The Trofeo is much better over a twisty road, managing to balance performance and comfort without having to compensate for all the extra mass of the Folgore’s batteries (the electric car is 440kg heavier). It has superior body control and works over a wider range of the driver settings – switch it into the sportiest Corsa drive mode for a twisty road and you can dial the separate suspension setting back to ‘S’ (for soft) so it retains its comfort but doesn’t flop around. It’s a more agile car than the Folgore and reacts to inputs faster.

Maserati GranCabrio Trofeo review: front three quarter cornering, black paint
The GranCabrio Trofeo is much more agile than its electric sister car.

The eight-speed torque convertor gearbox is very slushy in auto mode, changing up at the merest hint of an increase in speed, but the manual paddles save it. Corsa drive mode gives a hint more aggression from the exhaust note, even if it can’t match the bark of Ferrari’s 296 GTS.

What models and trims are available?

Like the GranCabrio Folgore, there’s only one trim. 20-inch wheels come as standard and look good on the car – we don’t see any point in upgrading to 21s. Air conditioned seats come as part of the comfort pack (£2,210) and is something we’d recommend, but at least the air scarf is a standard fit – handy for the long winters the UK gets.

Maserati GranCabrio Trofeo review: rear static, doors open, black paint
Excellence doesn’t come cheap, especially if you want yours personalised.

Like the Folgore, the paint options are eye-wateringly expensive, costing as much as £29,160 for some of the more outlandish finishes.

What else should I know?

The Trofeo is four-wheel drive as standard but, in normal driving, 90 per cent of the torque is sent to the rear wheels. There is no torque vectoring on the Trofeo – that trick is reserved for the Folgore version.

If you’re worried about being caught in a shower, the roof can be raised and lowered while on the move and only takes 15 seconds to retract or raise. It’s also available in five different colours.

Now click through to our verdict page to find out if we recommend the GranCabrio Trofeo over its competitors from Porsche and Bentley.

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