Near-perfect front-to-rear weight distribution – with a marginal rearward bias – has always been a Maserati hallmark. This is achieved with the GranCabrio models, in customary style, by locating the V8 just behind the front axle. Out on the open road – or on the race track – this delivers a world of benefits. They include naturally balanced handling, optimum grip, great steering feedback and precise directional stability. A double wishbone suspension set-up, hydraulic steering – rather than a less engaging electro-mechanical system – Brembo brakes and a sophisticated mechanical limited slip differential also contribute in these vital areas. The GranCabrio Sport offers Sport Skyhook damping, which constantly adapts its settings to suit the road conditions (optional for GranCabrio MC). Normal is a day-to-day configuration that still, nonetheless, maintains the essential dynamic involvement you would expect of a Maserati. Sport, meanwhile, provides a far more direct and firmly set up driving experience.