The Maserati GranCabrio MC Stradale has been revealed ahead of this week's 2012 Paris motor show, ending strong rumours the Italian manufacturer would unveil a concept of its planned Porsche 911-fighting sports car.

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The news will come as disappointment to fans of the Trident badge looking forward to seeing the first public sign of the high-performance, mid-engined sports car that would be based on the Alfa Romeo 4C.

Following in the footsteps of the GrandTurismo MC Stradale, expect this convertible GranCabrio version to get the same 331kW/510Nm 4.7-litre V8 under its bonnet.

The Maserati GranCabrio MC Stradale features a new front bumper, lighter alloy wheels, firmer suspension, MC race Shift electro-actuated transmission and high-performance exhaust system.

CarAdvice will be reporting live from Paris when the doors open on September 27.