Luxury Vehicles: Tired of your dreary 2009 models collecting dust in the garage? Now is the perfect time of year for the forward-thinking, luxury car enthusiast to preview the latest upcoming models. Notable reveals include: the Marserati GranCabrio, the 2011 Infiniti M, the Bugatti Grand Sport Sang Bleu, the Ferrari F458 Italia Spider & the 2010 Hyundai Equus. Enjoy!
2010 Maserati GranCabrio
Maserati just revealed the GranCabrio, a.k.a. convertible version of the GranTurismo, which will make its official debut on September 15 at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. The new vehicle comes with a canvas-made soft-top, emphasizing the link with the Maserati tradition, capable to transform the coupe to a convertible in less than 20 seconds.
The new car continues the Maserati tradition in open-top cars, joining 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, the car that marked Maserati's return to the United States. The new 4-seater carries the 4.7-liter V8 engine capable to deliver 323 kW. Maserati plans to introduce the new GranCabrio in Europe next winter, while the rest of the world will receive it the following spring.
2011 Infiniti M
Infiniti unveiled today the all-new 2011 Infiniti M performance luxury sedan, the 3rd generation of the popular M. The new model, which will be sold across all of Infiniti's 32 markets around the world, including Western Europe is going to be offered with V8 (capable to deliver more than 400 hp) and V6 engines.
These new models will be designated as the Infiniti M56 and Infiniti M37 respectively, reflecting their more powerful, larger displacement engines. As you can see, the new car comes with a completely redesigned body clearly inspired by the Essence Concept Car. The interior of the vehicle promises to be highlighted by the use of innovative materials, an advanced climate control system, superior audio and an enhanced quality feel. Despite improved performance from the new engine lineup, fuel consumption will be reduced. The new 2011 Infiniti M is which is scheduled to go on sale across the world starting from spring 2010 and will make its official public debut later this year.
Bugatti Grand Sport Sang Bleu
Continuing this year's 100th anniversary celebrations, behold the Bugatti Sang Bleu, described as an exclusive, one-off Grand Sport, honouring the marques precious heritage. Instead of applyingtwo paint colours or paint and material to highlight the two tone design the Sang Bleu exclusively concentrates on materials: carbon fibre and aluminum.
The chosen colour combination is blue carbon fibre with polished aluminum. Also, the rear airscoops are tinted in the same nightblue and integrate perfectly into the overall design philosophy of this unique model. The entire design is completed by the rims inspired from the Grand Sport Roadster and highlighted in a Midnight Blue and Diamond Cut two tone finish. Inside we find a newly developed Gaucho leather which completes perfectly the design of the car!
Ferrari F458 Italia Spider
Fast on the heels of the enthusiasm being displayed for the 2010 Ferrari F458 Italian coupe, it is believed that a 458 Italia Spider also already being lined up. The coupe is set to be officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show while the 458 Italia Spider is anticipated to follow in Geneva next spring.
Similar to the 458 Italia coupe, the Spider would be powered by a mid-engine 4.5-liter V8. The direct-injection flat-plane crank V8 produces 570 horsepower at 9,000 rpm, and 398 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. It sends power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. For the coupe, that results in a top speed of near 202 mph while the Spider will be limited to a speed of just under 200 mph. To lower its weight, the 458 Spider will opt not to install a retractable hardtop and will instead go for a conventional soft top.