Four seater Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale will debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 27, 2013

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Maserati will bring the new four seater GranTurismo MC Stradale. Just like the previous two seater version, the new four seater Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale in inspired by the racing version which competes in the the Maserati Trofeo Championship.

As expected, the new version offers room for four persons and promises to offer the perfect combination of sportiness, luxury and elegance, comfort and style.

In terms of design, the GranTurismo MC Stradale comes with a new carbon fibre bonnet, which frames a central air intake and two rear extractors. The design is completed by the 20-inch alloy rims. Inside, the vehicle boasts a cabin that has four comfortable seats and an interior design featuring new materials and style.

Under the hood, there is a 4.7-liter V8 engine delivering 460 hp, found also on the GranTurismo Sport. Mated to the MC Race Shift 6-speed robotised manual gearbox, the engine can take the GranTurismo MC Stradale to a top speed of 188 mph or 302 km/h.

In order to stop in time, the new GranTurismo MC Stradale features Brembo carbon ceramic brake discs. According to the official press release, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale will be built at the historic factory in viale Ciro Menotti in Modena.

Maserati has disclosed that the GranTurismo MC Stradale is now powered by its strongest version of the 4.7-liter V8 engine. This engine enables the GranTurismo MC to have a maximum speed of 303 km/h and to go from zero to 100 km/h in merely 4.5 seconds. Aside from having a powerful engine, the GranTurismo MC pairs this with the lightning-fast gear shifts from the six-speed "MC Race Shift" electro-actuated transaxle gearbox.

This version was inspired from the previous GranTurismo Sport whose own version of the V8 gets benefits from the diamond-like coating of its camshaft lobes and tappets, which are all part of the Low Friction Program of Maserati making it fuel efficient and powerful. The GranTurismo MC has a transaxle gearbox layout that not only allows it to retain the 48:52 front-to-rear ideal weight distribution, but with the Race gear shifting strategy incorporated enables it to shift to higher gears in merely 60 milliseconds, 5 times faster than the time it takes to blink of an eye.

A transaxle layout means that it is located in the same area where its asymmetrical limited slip differential is also housed. The powertrain package of the GranTurismo MC gives the drivers the ability to choose between three modes: Automatic, Sport, and Race. Each mode has different results in terms of throttle response, skid-control systems, and exhaust note. Drawing lessons from the various racing experiences, GranTurismo MC’s gearbox has a Sequential Downshifting.

What this means is that the driver, while braking, can hold the downshift paddle and the car is able to change sequentially to lower gears until such time the paddle is released. The dynamic performance generated by the GranTurismo MC is supported by what can be said as some of the most powerful brakes having large carbon-ceramic brake discs located at all its four corners. The master cylinder of the brakes measures 27 mm in diameter, adding a more consistent power and delivering shorter pedal stroke compared to standard cars.

The front brake has 6-piston calipers with 380 mm x 34 mm brake discs while the rear brake utilizes 4-piston calipers and 360 mm x 32 mm discs. GranTurismo MC has 20-inch alloy wheels making it lighter compared to standard wheels. For the GranTurismo MC though, PZero Corsa tires were developed by Pirelli for this particular model to give more progression and mid-corner grip. The GranTurismo MC has 255/35 ZR20 for the front while it has 295/35 ZR20 for the rear.

Press Release


Maserati has turned its beautiful and potent GranTurismo MC Stradale into a machine that is just as fast but even more practical, technically advanced and even more beautiful.

First launched in 2010, the two-seat GranTurismo MC Stradale took development ideas from its Trofeo racing cars seamlessly blending them into its GranTurismo coupe. Maserati took those ideas and evolved its light-weight two-seat super coupe into the four-seat 2014 GranTurismo MC Stradale.

Its all-new carbon-fibre bonnet not only creates high-speed downforce and improves cooling, but also means the four-seat GranTurismo MC Stradale retains almost the same dry weight as the discontinued two-seat version (1700 kg.). This means it continues to be the lightest and fastest car in the Maserati GranTurismo range, even though it now offers comfort to four adults instead of two.

The ongoing development of the GranTurismo MC Stradale also proves that Maserati has not neglected the importance of its two-door coupe range even with the world's focus on its all-new Quattroporte model.

Powered by the most potent version of Maserati's 4.7-litre V8 engine, the GranTurismo MC Stradale hits 100km/h in just 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 303 km/h.

GranTurismo MC Stradale utilizes the most powerful 460CV (338kW) version of the 4.7-litre V8 and mates this to the lightning-fast gear shifts from its six-speed electro-actuated "MC Race Shift" transaxle gearbox.

Drawn from the GranTurismo Sport, this version of the classic 4.7-litre V8 benefits from diamond-like coating of its tappets and camshaft lobes as part of Maserati's Low Friction Program to be both powerful and fuel efficient.

The transaxle gearbox layout not only helps the GranTurismo MC Stradale to retain an ideal 48:52 front-to-rear weight distribution, but also incorporates the brilliant MC Race gear shifting strategy that allows it to change to higher gears in just 60 ms, 5 times faster than a blink of an eye. The transaxle layout means that it sits in the same housing as the asymmetrical limited slip differential.

The powertrain package also delivers its drivers the choice of Automatic, Sport and Race modes, with each level delivering additional rewards in the throttle response, the exhaust note and the skid-control systems.

In another lesson drawn from its racing experiences, the gearbox also offers Sequential Downshifting, where the driver can simply hold the downshift paddle in while braking and allow the car to change to sequentially lower gears until the paddle is released.

All of the dynamic performance the GranTurismo MC Stradale generates is backed up by some of the most powerful brakes in production, with enormous carbon-ceramic brake discs at all four corners.

The brake master cylinder has a diameter of 27mm to add consistent power and to deliver a shorter pedal stroke than the standard car. The front brake package has 380mm x 34mm brake discs and six-piston calipers, while the rear has 360mm x 32mm discs and four-piston calipers.

It also rides four 20-inch forged alloy wheels that are lighter than the standard wheels, while Pirelli has developed its PZero Corsa tyres (255/35 ZR20 at the front and 295/35 ZR20 at the rear) specifically to deliver more mid-corner grip and progression for this layout.

The suspension and chassis layout enhance the already-impressive track performance of the GranTurismo MC Stradale without losing any of its abilities as a day-to-day car.

Its chassis poise was developed to be easy to drive and as comfortable as possible to retain all of the inherent handling, ride and stability benefits of the GranTurismo's long wheelbase.

This long (2938mm) wheelbase is the key which unlocks the GranTurismo MC Stradale's broad range of handling abilities across different conditions, allowing it to switch from a super-aggressive track car to a city commuter or autobahn express in the time it takes for the driver's mood to change.

It has the speed to be a road-legal racing car, with its ride height lowered by 10mm at the front and 12mm at the rear compared to the standard GranTurismo Sport, yet it has the progressive handling to be considered an extremely usable super-sports car.

The car has been developed specifically to be comfortable, progressive, balanced and entertaining for all drivers, while its Race mode is designed to deliver fast lap times in complete security.

Another key to the delivery of this potential has been the retention of the 2012 GranTurismo MC Stradale's aerodynamic benefits with the addition of the sculpted carbon-fibre bonnet. With lessons take directly from the Trofeo and GT4 racing programs, the bonnet contains an air inlet vent and two hot air extraction vents and delivers the twin benefits of reducing weight and adding 25 percent more frontal downforce at 140 km/h.

Developed from both track feedback and complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD) research, the new bonnet adds high-speed stability without increasing drag, largely by relieving under-bonnet pressure.

The new carbon-fibre engine cover joins a host of other Trofeo-derived aerodynamic updates that add high-speed stability and efficiency through the air. These include a deep front splitter integrated into the front bumper, deep functional side skirts, a re-profiled rear bumper and a pronounced rear lip spoiler on the boot.

All of these units combine as one integrated aerodynamic device to use the entire length of the car to generate downforce and to refocus the air from the engine and brake cooling systems into areas of maximum downforce and minimum turbulence.

Its black grille and the red accents on the Trident mark it as one of Maserati's MC range even to casual observers, but some of the biggest developments have been inside the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, where four lightweight seats replace the two seats from the discontinued 2010 two-seat version.

Front seats utilize carbon fibre back to achieve their low weight and also cater for Maserati's traditional luxury with a combination of leather and Alcantara trims. All four seats also have integrated head restraints for safety and support.

The standard trims are soft black. The seats can be delivered with grippy Alcantara with "drilled" perforations to achieve a stylish, practical finish, coupled with red stitching to match the accents on the grille's Trident.

The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale has three steering wheel options, all of which have multi-function buttons and a flat-bottomed section on the circumference.

They can be delivered in full leather, a combination of leather and Alcantara or a combination of leather and carbon-fibre.

To continue its more aggressive interior theme, the Maserati GranTurismo MC's gearshift paddles are longer than those in other GranTurismos to facilitate easier gear shifting in more demanding driving situations, and come in concert with drilled alloy pedals.

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