At the upcoming Supercar Show OC expect to see a one-of-a-kind vehicle new to the streets of Southern California. On display will be the Maserati Touring Sciadipersia Cabriolet.  Unfamiliar with the unicorn of a vehicle? We’re not surprised. Originally introduced as a coupe at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Maserati wanted to combine their heritage and iconic style in a modern way, but they also wanted to make it special.  The vehicle crafted with Italian coach builders, Touring Superleggera, will exist in very limited numbers and is currently available for one lucky car collector right here in Orange County. Be the owner of a one of fourteen production vehicle.


A quick trip down memory lane and you will soon see why Maserati brought this vehicle to life. Originally Maserati as a brand started with producing vehicles in 1914, and by 1926 creating winning race cars.  It was by the 1950s that Maserati had taken the grand prix’s of the world by storm, including the Indy 500, making them the first Italian manufacturer to do so. From these great successes the company then decided to explore a new avenue in which they could become the greatest.  Under the ownership of Omar Orsi production began on the finest grand touring cars for the road combined with the now refined six cylinder engine developed through racing.

In 1957 the first ever Maserati produced in partnership with Touring Superleggera was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show. The 3500GT Touring was a 2+2 seating arranged vehicle that was created with one thing in mind; To be the most elegant, lavish, and exclusive motorcar of its time and to eventually become a production vehicle.  From the start the vehicle was listed twice as expensive as the nearest competitor and more than 2,000 examples were sold. Today the brand still carries these ideas into the future, and with a current mission statement of, “Build ultra-luxury performance automobiles with timeless Italian style, accommodating bespoke interiors, and effortless, signature sounding power,” one could expect nothing but perfection from the Maserati Touring Sciadipersia Cabriolet.

In the stages of design, minimalism was kept at the forefront. The simple front draws attention the the grille while the rear evokes the eye to want to move forward over the vehicle in a seamless, dynamic, and perfectly balanced way.  Because of the dramatic contrast from rear to front, and the slimming down of the vehicle as the lines move away from the center, the length is perceived dynamically and the touring traits are clearly seen. The purity of line, harmony, stance, and extreme elegance create the ultimate grand touring vehicle.  Furthermore, the cabriolet aspect of the Sciadipersia truly is a modern manifestation of the romance of travel, giving all four passengers the opportunity to be submerged within the beauty of the natural surroundings of the environment. 

As for the construction of the vehicle and comfort, the grand tourer sits upon a double wishbone suspension, using forged aluminum arms, then complimented by hydraulic power-assisted steering and mechanical limited slip differential.  This combination creates a nearly perfect weight distribution of 49/51% front to rear balanced handling perfect for the coachwork of the Sciadipersia. Touring Superleggera did leave all other mechanical aspects up to Maserati resulting in a vehicle capable of outstanding performance.  The GranTurismo Sport, being the donor vehicle for this project carried in the light 4.7 litre, 90-degree V8 engine delivering 460hp and generous applications of torque through acceleration, peaking at 520nm. 

Interested in getting behind the wheel of this unique vehicle? The front-mid engine with rear wheel drive layout awaits you. To learn more about purchasing the car email If you want to see the Maserati Touring Sciadipersia Cabriolet in person that be sure to stop by Supercar Show OC Saturday August 3rd at 1425 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, 92626 from 9AM to 11AM. To register your supercar, please visit here.

Danielle Penberthy