The new Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale -- the fastest, lightest and most powerful car in the Maserati range -- will make its UK debut at this year’s Salon Prive event at Syon Park. This car, which gets inspiration from the GT4 motorsport models, balances on-road driving needs with race-driving desires. The 450hp MC Stradale actually offers 10 more horsepower than the GranTurismo S.
This sportscar uses advanced electronics to reduce gear-shift times from the upgraded MC Race Shift electro-actuated transaxle gearbox to only 60 milliseconds.
As a result, the model can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds. Salon Prive, which is now in its sixth consecutive year, is transferring to a new venue.
This event features a larger Concours d’Elegance and a ‘Quintessentially English’ RM Auction. In the 2009 Salon Prive event, the new Jaguar XJ made its UK debut and the public got its first view of Aston Martin’s £1 million One-77.
The event was also picked to host Jaguar’s 75 year anniversary celebration. For 2011, the show will run from June 22 to 24, right in the middle of the UK summer season events calendar.
This year, the event will be different as it has a better location, greater accessibility and adequate parking space. A ticket costs from £175 + VAT, which allows access to all areas as well as Pommery Champagne, Lobster Luncheon and afternoon teas.
One unique feature of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale is that it is the first from the brand to have a dedicated Race mode that has been placed together with the upgraded Sport and Auto modes on the vehicle’s simple dashboard layout. Since the seats in the rear have been removed, this also means that this model is now the first two-seater Maserati after the MC12.
Additionally, the GranTurismo MC Stradale also benefits from having a number of features like having a unique suspension layout, carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes, Pirelli custom-developed tyres, and the lightweight and rigid race seats made of carbon fiber.
The reason why this particular model came to being was due to a number of current Maserati customers who wanted a super sports car, which is road-legal but continues to have the feel and look of the Trofeo and GT4 race versions. There is another benefit to the GranTurismo MC Stradale as it offers that needed step in the path that lies between the brand’s racing programs and to the production version and then back again.
During the 1990s for example, it was the Ghibli Open Cup that became the reason for the creation of the Ghibli Cup. Just 10 years later, the Trofeo GranSport allowed for the GranSport MC Victory. At the height of this road-to-race story, it was after the MC12 Stradale that the development of the FIA GT-winning MC12 followed. Since the body was made to meet the requirements of the race circuit, it had a rather unique design though it is clear that some of it has clearly been inspired from the Maserati GranTurismo MC, for both the GT4 and Trofeo configurations.
There are also a host of new features like a new front splitter, bonnet, front bumper, and rear bumper. Even the exhausts, sills, and front guard panels, are new as well. In order to highlight that this model does indeed have a harder-edged nature, the brand is making available a roll cage as an option.
A four-point racing harness is also available. Even with all these new features, the GranTurismo MC Stradale was also designed with the objective of making it easier to drive, and with the utilization of the long wheelbase of the GranTurismo S, it continues to have the stability, handling and characteristic ride expected from the brand.
While it does have the speed needed for it to be certified as a road-legal racing car, it has the gradual handling that is useful in a super-sports car. For this configuration, the brand reveals that sale for the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale will begin in February 2011. It will be released in most major markets with the exception of Korea, Canada, and the U.S.