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Event:  2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

2012 Maserati GranCabrio Fendi - Frankfurt Auto Show

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author photo by J. Mark Sternberg September 2011

Special edition Italian sports cars are more often than not built for one thing: more speed. Cars like the Ferrari Scuderia and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera are terrific, sure, but what about the exotic car buyer who wants to feel special without driving a car full of roll cage and fire extinguishers?

That's why Maserati brought a new version of its GranCabrio convertible to Frankfurt that received some special attention from Italian fashion boutique, Fendi. The limited edition Maserati was designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, a third generation fashion icon and Fendi's head of accessories.

The GranCabrio Fendi models will all come in a special color called Grigio Fiamma Fendi. The gray paint gets its shimmer from some gold metallic flakes, and will only be available on this model.

The brake calipers on the new GranCabrio are painted in Fendi's signature color, yellow. yellow accents are splashed throughout the inside of the car as well. The dashboard, doors and gear knob are all accented in "Pergamena Fendi" wood trim, while the Maserati trident logo in the headrests are done up in the fashion boutique's token color as well.

The most obvious change inside is the seat's leather inserts, which feature Fendi's double F logo. The Italian fashion company is known world wide for its handbags so it's not really any surprise to find that it has pulled some leather from high-end purse production to help trim the Maserati's interior. The special leather was liberated from the company's Selleria hand-made line of purses, and can be seen in the shift knob, gauge cluster and floor mat profile.

Because no fashionista's ride would be complete without some, the special edition GranCabrio will also come with a matching set of Fendi luggage and accessories.

Each GranCabrio will come with an individually numbered silver plaque complete with one last set of Fendi logos, to be mounted in front of the passenger seat as a reminder of just how special your new ride is. Passengers shouldn't need too much reminding though. Each Maserati GranCabrio also features a Ferrari-sourced 440 horsepower V8 engine.

See more coverage of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.

J. MARK STERNBERG is an automotive journalist, car enthusiast and writer with a degree from the University of Arizona. Mark is a devoted Formula 1 fan and also enjoys boating, flying and attending the occasional track day..
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