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Maserati GranCabrio first photos

Chop the roof off. The Modena-based thoroughbred carmaker has done just that with its slinky GranTurismo, delivering the GranCabrio, the company’s first four-seater convertible. The sleek newcomer makes its world debut at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show and will be available here in the third quarter of next year.

A spokesman for Maserati importer, Ateco Automotive Ltd, Edward Rowe, says customers are already queueing for the car. “We have a list of people who have seen the spyshots and they have expressed an interest,” he says. Cost? Rowe says the price is yet to be confirmed but says “it will have a margin above the GranTurismo”.

That means somewhere north of $300,000.

In true Italian fashion, Maserati has gone against current thinking by making the GranCabrio a canvas soft-top instead of an electrically folding tin-top design favoured by the Germans. The company says this allows for a full four-seater capacity and also helps emphasis a link with past Maserati convertibles.

The GranCabrio is continuing a long tradition in open-top Maseratis. It joins models that have played such an important part in the Modena carmaker's history such as the 1950 A6G Frua Spyder, 1960 3500GT Vignale Spyder, 1964 Mistral Spyder, 1968 Ghibli Spyder and 2001 Spyder designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.