This week at the Paris Auto Show, Maserati has unveiled its fastest, lights and most powerful car to grace its range. Presenting the new GranTurismo MC Stradale. Pricing has yet to be determined but expect the car to be available in the first quarter of ’11.
The car is inspired by the Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the race-winning GT4 motorsport models.
The Stradale responds to demands for a GranTurismo which can balance on-road driving needs with race-driving desires and it incorporates the handling and aerodynamic lessons from Maserati’s racing programs. It produces more aerodynamic down force without producing more drag. It also produces more power without using more fuel and is more agile without sacrificing the GranTurismo S’s ride quality.
With 450hp, the MC Stradale generates more power 10hp from the 4.7-Liter V8 engine than the GranTurismo S, while its 380 lb-ft of torque is a further 15 lb-ft improvement. Its race-bred heritage is highlighted by a 242 lb weight reduction from the GranTurismo S. It mirrors Maserati’s racing advantages by retaining an optimal 48:52 weight distribution, ensuring balanced handling and even tire wear.
The MC Stradale uses advanced electronics to cut gear-shift times from the upgraded MC Race Shift electro-actuated transaxle gearbox to just 60 milliseconds. This all helps to slash the 0-62mph sprint time, which the Maserati covers in just 4.6 seconds. The car is also rated at topple a top speed of over 186mph.
The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale is also the first Maserati in history to have a dedicated Race mode alongside the upgraded Auto and Sport modes in its simplified dashboard layout.
With the removal of the rear seats, the MC Stradale becomes the first two-seat Maserati since the MC12. The GranTurismo MC Stradale has also benefited from Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, custom-developed Pirelli tires, a unique suspension layout and carbon fiber race seats.
With a unique body design that is based around the requirements of the track, the GranTurismo MC Stradale has borrowed heavily from its racing car mates, the GranTurismo MC, both in the Trofeo and GT4 configurations. It has a new front splitter, bumper, bonnet, front guard panels, sills, exhausts and even a new rear bumper. To emphasize the harder-edged nature of the MC Stradale, Maserati even offers the car with an optional roll cage and a four-point racing harness! For more information, visit www.maseratigranturismomcstradale.com