Maserati, Porsche confirm Frankfurt debuts

Luxury sportswear brands Maserati and Porsche have unveiled details of their planned debuts at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Maserati said August 23 that it will debut the Maserati GranCabrio Fendi, a special edition of the 4.7-liter V8 GranCabrio designed with legendary Italian designer Silvia Venturini Fendi.

The model uses a dark grey body color with a golden finish named Grigio Flamma Fendi and features the exclusive Pergamena Fendi wood trim interior finish, along with Fendi yellow trim and the brand's F-logo stitched onto the seat.

Fendi's Cuoio Romano leather (from its Selleria line) has been used for internal details such as the instrument cluster cover, the gear lever and floor mat profiles.

German brand Porsche has also confirmed that it will use the show to launch a new vehicle, the new £71,449 (€81,750) Porsche 911 Carrera.

Described as a "completely new generation" of the iconic coupe (which first hit the road in 1963), the new Carrera features a 100mm longer wheelbase for improved stability and a heightened presence, with a lower roofline and wider frontage.

A new lightweight body, formed from aluminium-steel composite, makes the model up to 45 kg lighter than its predecessor, while a wider spoiler reduces lift to keep the car handling properly.

The model will be fully unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show (September 15-25) and will go on sale in December 2011.

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