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.