Maserati came with a big surprise for us at the 2014 New York International Auto Show as it unveiled the new GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition coupes and convertibles. The new models will be easily recognizable as they will be available with three special new 'three-layer' colour schemes in addition to the four already available for the GranTurismo MC.
Moreover, the vehicles will offer a wide choice of wheels, with four special finishes for the MC and Trofeo designs. The center of the wheels will show the medal-shaped centenary logo, itself available in two finishes, matte Smoke grey and Charcoal grey. As expected, the GranTurismo MC Centennial Editon range comes with a wide range of interiors and each of the seven exterior finish is combined with a specific interior finish.
The interiors feature contrasting decorative inserts based on the three colors – red, white and blue – of the seat profiles. This motif is also seen on the headrests and surrounds the embroidered Trident logo. According to Maserati, the special three-layer paint finishes include the Magma Red and Inchiostro Blue. These new colors are actually a modern interpretation of those of the Maserati logo.
The black leather of the seats and dashboard is strikingly offset by the red, white and blue of the full-length seat profiles and by stitching in a color that mimics that of the laser engraved details on the wheels. Same color combinations are found on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, while the sporty appearance is enhanced by the carbon fiber inserts on the dashboard, seat surrounds and by a kick plate on which the celebratory centenary logo.
Maserati also offers the same interior color scheme for the Pietra gray exterior finish. The interior color scheme that is associated with the the three-layer Inchiostro blue body finish contrasts white leather seats and dashboard with Santorini Blue inserts and stitching. Under the hood, the vehicles carry the 4.7-liter V8 engine that generates 454 hp.
The engine is bolted to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission and can push the vehicles to a top speed of 185 mph or 298 km/h. As standard, Maserati offers the dual cast Brembo brakes and the sport-tuned MC suspension. Sales of the GranTurismo MC Centennial Editon range will start in July 2014.
There is no doubt that the Gran Turismo MC Stradale has an impressive track performance. By putting in that suspension and chassis configuration, it enhances said performance while making sure that all of the vehicle’s qualities as a day-to-day car are retained. The chassis poise in particular was developed in order to allow for a comfortable and easy drive.
Further, the goal was also to keep the natural stability, ride and handling advantages offered by the long wheelbase of the Gran Turismo. Measuring 2,938 mm, the long wheelbase is the main reason why this model is able to showcase a wide range of handling qualities regardless of the condition. Thus it can be a city commuter and can be changed to a highly-aggressive track model.
It can even be an autobahn express. The switches can be done as fast as how the mood of the driver changes. Moreover, the ride height on the front was lowered by 10 mm compared to the typical Gran Turismo Sport. The rear was also lowered by 12 mm. Even then the handling is progressive enough for this model to be classified as a very usable super-sports car.
There is no question that the Gran Turismo MC Stradale was created to make sure that all drivers are entertained while still being progressive, balanced, and offer comfort. However there is a Race model that allows for fast lap times in total security. Another important factor that ensures the potential of the GranTurismo MC Stradale's is delivered was to keep the aerodynamic advantages offered in the 2012 version and add in that sculpted bonnet made of carbon-fiber.
Using the lessons of the GT2 and Trofeo racing programs, the bonnet has a pair of hot air extraction vents and even an air inlet vent. The advantage of having these is that it helps lower the weight. In addition, it helps put in an additional 25% on the frontal downforce when running at 140 km/h.