2011 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale revealed ahead of Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 20, 2010

Maserati revealed today the GranTurismo MC Stradale, a car which promises to be the fastest, lightest and most powerful in the Maserati range. Set to go on sale in the first quarter of 2011, the new car is inspired by the the Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the race-winning GT4 motorsport models, and will have a top speed of over 300 km/h or 186 mph.

According to the Italian manufacturer, just like the two race cars, Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the race-winning GT4 motorsport models, the GranTurismo MC Stradale will razor-sharp handling and will be capable to take on almost all sports cars on the market.

Incorporating the handling and aerodynamic lessons from Maserati’s three racing programs, the GranTurismo MC Stradale promises to balance on-road driving needs with race-driving desires.

As expected the car produces more power, comparing it to the standard GranTurismo models: 336k or 450 hp, without even using more fuel or sacrificing the GranTurismo’s highly praised ride quality.

For those who don’t know, the most powerful model in the Maserati range is the GranTurismo S which is powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine capable to deliver 440 hp and a maximum torque of 490 Nm at 4750 rpm. The car can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.9 seconds and gas a top speed of 295 km/h or 183 mph.

The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale was created as the result of a demand from Maserati customers who wanted to own a sports car that had the look and feel of the GT4 and Trofeo but was road-legal. This car also allows the brand to cross the line between its racing program and production car and back again.

It was back in 1990 when the Ghibli Open Cup sports car resulted to the Ghibli Cup. Then 10 years later it was the turn of the Trofeo GranSport to grab the GranSport MC Victory. At the height of the brand's racing history, it was the FIA GT-winning MC12 that was made straight from the MC12 Stradale.

The main design of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale was based on the requirements needed to run on the track. It also got its inspirations from other models like the GT4 and Trofeo configurations of the Maserati GranTurismo MC. Almost everything is new. From the front splitter, to the bonnet, the bumper, its front guard panels, the sills, rear bumper, and even the exhausts.

To further highlight the fact that it has a harder edge, the company offered the option of a four-point racing harness and a roll cage for the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. However it was also made with the objective of the car being easy to drive.

Thus regardless of the improvement done, there are still benefits like the handling, inherent ride, and stability, all of which result from the long wheelbase. This particular model went on sale in every major market back in 2011 though the U.S., Canada and Korea were not included during the initial sale.

Press Release

Worldwide Paris Premiere for the GranTurismo MC Stradale

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 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale will have more power, less weight, razor-sharp handling and a top speed of over 300 km/h.

The Maserati GranTurismo MC 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 three racing programs. It produces more aerodynamic down force without producing more aerodynamic drag, it produces more power without using more fuel and it is more agile without sacrificing the GranTurismo S's highly praised ride quality.

With 330kW (450 horsepower), the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale generates more power (7 kW, 10hp) from the 4.7-litre V8 engine than the GranTurismo S, while its 510Nm of torque is a further 20Nm improvement. Its race-bred heritage is highlighted by a 110kg weight reduction from the GranTurismo S, down to 1770kg. It mirrors Maserati's racing advantages by retaining an optimal 48 : 52 weight distribution, ensuring balanced handling and even tyre wear.

The Maserati GranTurismo 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 0-100km/h sprint time, which the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale covers in just 4.6 seconds.

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 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale becomes the first two-seat Maserati since the MC12. The GranTurismo MC Stradale has also benefited from new Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, custom-developed Pirelli tyres, a unique suspension layout and rigid, light-weight, carbon-fibre race seats.

The push for the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale came from existing Maserati customers who wanted a road-legal super sports car that looked and felt like the GT4 and Trofeo race cars. The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale also provides the latest step in the well-trodden path between Maserati's racing programs and its production road cars and, often, back again. In the 1990s, the Ghibli Open Cup race car gave birth to the Ghibli Cup and a decade later the Trofeo GranSport gave birth to the GranSport MC Victory. At the pinnacle of recent Maserati's road-to race story, the FIA GT-winning MC12 was developed directly from the MC12 Stradale.

With a unique body design that is based around the requirements of the track, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale has borrowed heavily from its racing car stablemates, the Maserati 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 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, Maserati even offers the car with an optional roll cage and a four-point racing harness.

Yet it was also designed to be easy to drive, so it retains all the inherent ride, handling and stability benefits of the GranTurismo S's long wheelbase. It has the speed to be a road-legal racing car, yet it has the progressive handling to be considered an extremely usable super-sports car.

In this configuration, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale will be on sale in February 2011 in all major markets, with the exceptions of the USA, Canada and Korea.

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