2009 IAA Frankfurt Auto / Motor Show – day2 – Maserati GranCabrio

Yippee a fab looking four seater convertible ! Having criticized the lack of retractable hardtops in the previous, Audi R8 news item, we wandered into the next hall and found ourselves eating our words, as the Maserati GranCabrio had it’s roof up, windows down and top totty draped across one of four full size seats. [...]

Maserati GranCabrio

Maserati GranCabrio


Maserati GranCabrio interior + model

Maserati GranCabrio interior + model


Yippee a fab looking four seater convertible ! Having criticized the lack of retractable hardtops in the previous, Audi R8 news item, we wandered into the next hall and found ourselves eating our words, as the Maserati GranCabrio had it’s roof up, windows down and top totty draped across one of four full size seats. An avalanche of dress spilled out of the drivers seat – canvas of sorts, of course! Now the sales pitch of having a canvas top is to store the garderobe of a supermodel in the cavernous trunk. But look here at the reality: a Volvo C70 beats it hands down for USEABLE boot space, despite its retractable roof. We stand by our words, if a Ferrari California can have one, why can’t others?
Maserati GranCabrio boot

Maserati GranCabrio boot

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2009 IAA Frankfurt Auto / Motor Show – day2 – Audi R8 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder: is this what the R8 should have been all along? We think not. The coupe’s distinctive midship styling panel ( side blades ) set it apart, and losing in it in the convertible dilutes the model and image. It’s softer, more rounded, less controversial and consequently more ordinary. But we’ll let it [...]

Audi R8 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder: is this what the R8 should have been all along? We think not. The coupe’s distinctive midship styling panel ( side blades ) set it apart, and losing in it in the convertible dilutes the model and image. It’s softer, more rounded, less controversial and consequently more ordinary. But we’ll let it off, as it’s mostly spectacular, and undoubtedly will be the hot ride in “New Porsche Beach ” ( nickname for super-wealthy LA suburb )

Additionally, we think that with all the progress made in automotive engineering recently, manufacturers should have been able to come up with a lightweight retractable hardtop that doesn’t spoil the lines or consume all the boot space. The R8 Spyder looks elegant with canvas top raised, but the security and longevity of a solid roof is invaluable. Audi is not alone; we can aim this critisism at most supercar manufacturers. Thinking of parking your pride and joy on dodgy territory ? The solidity of your roof will hugely influence your decision on which toy you’ll pluck out of the garage.
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