Remember last year when the GranTurismo MC Concept spawned the GranTurismo MC Corse, a track-focused version of Maserati’s comely GT? As is the Italians’ wont, please welcome the street version of that car — the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. The company says it’s learned a few things about the GT’s aerodynamics by racing the thing — in Trofeo GranTurismo MC and GT4 guises — and they’ve brought such aero learnings over to the Stradale, with a bump in downforce that the company says doesn’t come at the expense of drag. Power comes from a 450-hp version of the GT’s 4.7-liter V8, which will take it to a Maser-reported V-max of 186 mph. Following a debut at the Paris motor show, the MC Stradale will go on sale in the first quarter of 2011.
The new Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale will be the fastest, lightest and most powerful car in the Maserati range when it goes on sale in the first quarter of 2011.
Inspired by the Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the race-winning GT4 motorsport models, the two-seater Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale that will debut at the Paris Auto Show will feature razor-sharp handling and will break the 300km/h barrier.
The GranTurismo MC Stradale responds to demands for a GranTurismo which can balance on-road driving needs with race-driving desires, incorporating the handling and aerodynamic lessons from Maserati’s three racing programs.
The GranTurismo MC Stradale produces more aerodynamic down force without producing more aerodynamic drag, it produces more power – 336kw, 450 hp – without using more fuel and it is more agile without sacrificing the GranTurismo S’s highly praised ride quality.