The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, the fastest Maserati ever sold in New Zealand, is now on sale and flying out the door...
Available in nery limited numbers, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale is powered by a new variant of the Maserati 4.7-litre V8 engine that pumps out 331kW and 510Nm of torque.
It will make the dash to 100kmh in 4.6 seconds before hitting a top speed of 301kmh.
At the same time, it is 13% more economical than the normal Maserati GranTurismo S, above which it sits in the Maserati line-up.
“From the moment it was announced we have had enthusiasts wanting to get behind the wheel of the first production Maserati to break the 300 kmh barrier,” says Glen Sealey, General Manager of Maserati Australia and New Zealand.
“The Maserati GranTurismo has already been praised for its performance, driving experience, style, features and equipment. With the GranTurismo MC Stradale not only has the sound of its fabulous engine reached a new crescendo, so has the praise for this unique and exclusive Maserati Coupe from those already lucky enough to have slipped into its carbon fibre racing seats, grasped its leather coated steering wheel, engaged gears with its carbon fibre paddles and pressed its aluminium racing accelerator pedal.”
Changes have been made throughout the Maserati GranTurismo S to transform it into the MC Stadale. Its race-bred heritage is highlighted by a 110kg weight reduction, with its dry weight down to 1670kg. It retains the optimal 48% / 52% weight distribution to ensure handling balance and even tyre wear.
The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stadale uses advanced electronics to slash gear-shift times from the upgraded MC Race Shift electro-actuated transaxle gearbox to just 60 milliseconds. It is also the first Maserati in history to have a dedicated Race mode to add to its upgraded Automatic and Sport modes in a simplified dash layout. It produces more aerodynamic down force without producing more aerodynamic drag, it produces more power without using more fuel and it is more agile, according to Maserati.
Extensive changes have been made to the suspension, which is lower and fitted with larger anti-roll bars.
With the removal of the rear seats, it is the first two-seat Maserati since the MC12 and has also benefited from new Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, custom-developed Pirelli tyres, a unique suspension layout and carbon-fibre, race-inspired seats.
Visually, the GranTurismo MC Stradale has changes made to the front and rear bumpers, the front guards, the bonnet and the boot lid, aimed at boosting down force and aiding engine and brake cooling. Inside, materials such as carbon fibre and Alcantara are used extensively. Carbon fibre racing seats are standard and the instrument pack has been changed to allow for the changes to the car’s dynamic systems.
Available in limited numbers, deliveries of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale have now begun with a recommended retail price of $350,000, excluding statutory charges, on road costs and dealer delivery charges.