Elevating both the presence and performance of its primo drop-top model, the 2012 Maserati GranCabrio Sport is set to officially bow in at Geneva. Visually, this new GranCabrio Sport variant (which in keeping with Maserati's current U.S. nomenclature will be known here as the GranTourismo Convertible Sport) punches up its curb appeal with a new Rosso Trionfale exterior color that was seen on numerous racing Maseratis of the 1950s. It's set off by a black grille insert with red-accented Trident logo, unique black headlamp garnish, and body-color front corner splitters and side sills.

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Underhood, the new 2012 Maserati GranCabrio Sport carries a more potent version of the Ferrari-designed 4.7-liter V8 that here makes 450 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque -- up from the GranCabrio's 433/361 baseline stats. Despite the extra muscle, a number of friction-reducing tweaks helps boost the engine's fuel economy by six percent and new MC Auto Shift software patterned after the program developed for the transmission in the Quattroporte Sport GT S lets the six-speed automated manual transmission serve up even quicker and more positive gear changes. As a finishing touch, Maserati engineers also revised the car's Skyhook active suspension to give it a tauter, more controlled feel and fitted new grooved/drilled dual-cast brake discs to enhance stopping power.

The 2012 Maserati GranCabrio Sport will go arrive at dealers here this summer and U.S. pricing will be announced closer to the on on-sale date.

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