Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

Maserati reveals the hardcore MC Stradale version of its GranTurismo sports coupe for 2010 Paris show

Maserati is set to reveal a new incarnation of its GranTurismo model at the Paris motor show, a car that will become lightest and most powerful in their current range.

Dubbed the GranTurismo MC Stradale, the new version uses the lessons learned from Maserati’s three racing programs as well as its GT4 and Trofeo racecars to bring revisions to the engine, handling and aerodynamic elements of the coupe.

Intended to answer to those customers looking for ‘race-driving desires’ from a road-going car, the Stradale is impressive in managing to increase downforce without adding to its low drag coefficient. In addition, 444bhp has been massaged from the 4.7-litre V8 engine (an 11bhp rise on the Maserati GranTurismo S) without decreasing the overall mpg figure. Maserati also claims that the revisions to the chassis setup will not detract from the ride of the coupe; a quality that may well be the key to sales success of the new version.

Not content with being the lightest and most powerful car in the range, the revisions also mean that the Stradale will become the fastest with a claimed 186mph+ top speed. Although no acceleration figures have been quoted, expect a 0-60 time a few tenths of a second less than the standard car’s 4.9sec. As far as aesthetics are concerned, the aero package revisions are most definitely on show. A deeper race-inspired chin spoiler is incorporated into the front bumper, plus a new sill design and sculpted rear diffuser both add to a more aggressive, muscular look for the coupe.

Official pricing is yet to be released, but expect to pay a smidge over £100,000 when UK sales begin in spring 2011.

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