The safety features on the Maserati GranCabrio
The Maserati GranCabrio reaches the highest safety standards in its category thanks to the adoption of innovative active and passive safety features.
The dynamic handling of the GranCabrio is assisted by the electronically controlled Maserati Stability Programme (MSP). The technology was developed to optimise driving dynamics and safety when on the move. The system is controlled by a series of sensors that recognise any unsteadiness adjusting the brakes and engine to provide optimal traction.
The high performance brakes equipped on the GranCabrio were developed by Brembo and feature four self-ventilating drilled discs. The 360 mm front brakes make the most of co-cast disc technology (cast iron for the braking surface and an aluminium hat). This solution, teamed with callipers actioned by six pistons in a single aluminium block, ensure unbeatable stopping power and are highly resistant to fade even under intense use.
MSP works in harmony with the ABS to stop the wheels locking under braking, and EBD, to distribute the braking force between the front and rear axles.
The Electric Park Brake (EPB) replaces the traditional mechanical handbrake with an electronic control on the vehicle's central tunnel. The EPB system is engaged automatically when the engine is switched off and is only deactivated when the accelerator pedal is pressed. EPB also plays an important role in terms of safety as, in an emergency, it acts on all four wheels and can be employed with the vehicle moving, without compromising stability, until the switch is released.
The Brake Assist System (BAS) has been introduced on the Maserati GranCabrio to improve safety. Thanks to a dedicated sensor, BAS recognises panic braking by measuring the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed and clamps the brake pad to the disc before the driver even begins to brake. This shortens the stopping distance in emergency situations.
The Maserati GranCabrio is fitted with new generation airbags, using the intelligent technology first employed on the Maserati Quattroporte S. The passenger side airbag, with its ‘Low Risk Deployment’, adapts the intensity of its inflation in crash situations to the size of the occupant.
New head and chest airbags set in the front seats provide protection from side impacts while seatbelts are equipped with the latest pre-tensioners and load limiters to securely restrain all four occupants.
The main components in terms of passive safety is the extendable roll bars set behind the rear seats. The roll bars are hidden by the roof cover and are automatically activated in just 190 milliseconds when needed.
The extendable roll bars were developed to offer occupants the maximum protection both with the roof closed or retracted. A Maserati copyrighted technical solution allows the roll bars to extend by shattering the rear window with minimal risk to the occupants from this actuation.