Maserati GranCabrio Gets Tuned By Pogea Racing

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Even though we associate Pogea Racing with Alfa Romeo, the German tuner also works on Ferrari, Abarth, and even BMW models. For some reason or other, the Friedrichshafen-based company chose to upgrade the bite-the-back-of-your-hand beautiful Maserati GranCabrio.
But first, don’t forget the GranCabrio arrived in 2010 as the soft-top brother of the GranTurismo. In other words, this particular vehicle platform celebrates its 11th anniversary this year. As much as we admire all things Maserati here at autoevolution, the GranTurismo and GranCabrio are too old to compete with grand tourers such as the BMW 8 Series.

Even the F136 Y engine can trace its roots back to 2008, when it was introduced in the GranTurismo S and Quattroporte S. The 4.7-liter V8 produces 484 PS (477 horsepower) and 533 Nm (393 pound-feet) in this application, coming courtesy of enhanced engine electronic and a sports-oriented air filter.

Bringing the point home, Pogea Racing has also switched from the standard suspension to a coil-over setup, lowering the car by up to 40 millimeters (1.57 inches). The 21-inch monoblock wheels give a different feel to the GranCabrio from the stock model, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that measure 245/30 up front and 325/30 at the rear.

Pogea Racing makes a case for the reduction in unsprung mass, which “noticeably improves both handling as well as acceleration and braking performance.” The cabin hasn’t been forgotten either, with customers able to choose from carbon detailing to a full-leather finish with bespoke stitching.

There’s no saying how much longer Maserati plans to produce the GranTurismo and GranCabrio considering their age, more so if you remember the Alfieri has been confirmed to arrive by 2022. By the end of the five-year plan, the automaker promises to launch eight plug-in hybrids, four electric vehicles, Level 3 semi-autonomous driving technology, and the D-SUV.

As part of the Maserati Blue lineup of electric vehicles, the Alfieri will be available with a three-motor, all-wheel-drive setup capable of accelerating to 100 km/h (62 mph) in the ballpark of two seconds. Top speed is estimated at more than 300 km/h (186 mph), and according to Maserati, the Alfieri EV will be 175 kilograms heavier than the equivalent model with ICE.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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