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.