The new 2011 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, the fastest, lightest and most powerful car in the current range of the sports car maker, made its debut at the Paris Motor Show and will start selling in the first quarter of 2011.
This car is inspired by the Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the GT4 motorsport models. Maserati claims that this two-seater car that will be shown at the Paris show features “razor-sharp handling” and is capable of breaking the 185 mph (300km/h) barrier.
The carmaker said that it designed the car to offer a balance between road driving roads and race driving desires.
According to a company statement, the GranTurismo MC Stradale was created in response to demands for a GranTurismo, “which can balance on-road driving needs with race-driving desires.” This car is the result of the combination of the handling and aerodynamic lesson from Maserati’s three racing programs.
Maserati also asserts that this super sports car delivers more aerodynamic downforce without resulting to more aerodynamic drag. The car also gives more power (450 hp) without having to use more fuel. Maserati has yet to officially provide pricing information of the new MC Stradale but it’s believed to be priced from EUR115,000 ($150,000).
Maserati customers wanted a super sports car that they could drive on normal roads so in response, the Gran Turismo Mc Stradale was launched. If there was a marital union between GT4 and Trofeo race cars, then the Gran Turismo would be the offspring. It combines practical roadworthiness with the look and feel of a race car.
Back in the 1990s, the Ghibli Open Cup race car became the Ghibli Cup and ten years later it became known as the GranSport MC Victory. At the most recent race, the FIA GT MC 12 was the race winner. This was directly developed from the MC12 Stradale.
Maserati GT Mc Stradale shape is designed with aerodynamics in mind. Influenced by the Trofeo and GT4 models, it has a new front splitter, bumper, bonnet, front guard panels, sills, exhausts and even a new rear bumper. For customers who want the real track car atmosphere, they can opt for the tougher roll cage and racing feel four point racing harness.
Maserati was keen to ensure that the car was easy to drive so to help with handling and stability, the long wheelbase of the Gran Turismo S has been retained.
It combines the power and thrust of a sports super car into a road legal car. All dealerships, with the exception of the USA, Canadian and Korean market, will offer the Maserati Gran Turismo Mc Stradale for sale in February 2011.