Press Kit: The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

The Maserati GranTurismo range, comprising the GranTurismo, GranTurismo Sport and the track-focused GranTurismo MC Stradale, blends high performance with exotic Italian design and renowned luxury. Mere figures can neither reveal the fascination of GranTurismo nor describe the distinct personality of each variant. To feel the Maserati passion you have to drive one.

In 1914, the Maserati brothers teamed up to build the perfect race car. Their contemporaries were individuals such as Ferdinand Porsche, the Bentley Brothers and later Enzo Ferrari – car aficionados and race drivers. All of them made luxury sports cars out of race cars, which became the impetus for the birth of the GT segment. Maserati represents racing success in all classes and the most famous races and championships – from Targa Florio, Indianapolis, F1 Championship and FIA GT to the Maserati Trofeo MC of today.

The Maserati GranTurismo was born to be the ultimate grand tourer with its endearing lines and engineering concept stretching back to the elegant Maserati A6 1500GT of 1947. The A6 has become the father of the Maserati GT bloodline, reflecting a luxury coupé with a Pininfarina body mated to an engine borrowed from a race car. The legacy of the GT ambition and pedigree continues to define the Maserati cars of today.

Today’s GranTurismo range offers peerless, performance luxury in daily commuting, on long trips or for more committed, sporting drives. The sporty stance and classic GT silhouette of the 4-seater tell of its 100-year heritage of famous Maserati race and road cars - a true design masterpiece by Pininfarina.

The three variants feature two powerful, naturally-aspirated V8 engines hand-assembled by Ferrari in Maranello giving the GranTurismo range its characteristic eager throttle response and free-revving characteristics.

The 405 hp GranTurismo features a fascinating 4.2-litre V8 engine combined with a smooth, hydraulically-operated, automatic 6-speed gearshift. The V8 of the GranTurismo Sport is larger at 4.7-litres, outputting 460 hp, and offers a choice of either the fully automatic 6-speed gearbox (MC Auto Shift) or the more race-focused, electro-actuated 6-speed auto unit (MC Shift). The 460 hp GranTurismo MC Stradale completes the top end of the GranTurismo range as a street version of the Trofeo MC race car providing a racing experience for four adults.

The sports exhaust with bypass valves creates the exhilarating Maserati sound. The front-mid sports car layout, rear-biased weight distribution and double wishbone suspensions, the hydraulic steering box, Brembo brakes and limited slip differential create the razor-sharp handling of a true sports car.

The GranTurismo range offers on-road luxury with its spacious interior with four comfortable individual seats, Poltrona Frau® Leather and drilled Alcantara depending on model, perfect ergonomics and easy-to-use interfaces. Clients can express their individual style with custom-made seat upholstery, coloured brake calipers and more personalization possibilities.

VERSIONS

SPECIFICATIONS

GranTurismo MC Stradale**

Fuel Type

Gasoline

Number of cylinders / layout

V8 / 90°

Displacement (litres)

4.7

Max Power (HP)

460

Max Torque (Nm)

520

Transmission

6 gears

electro-actuated

Traction

RWD

Max speed (km/h)

303

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

4.5 s

Stopping distance (100-0 km/h)

33 m

Consumption Combined (l/100 km)

15.5

Consumption Urban (l/100 km)

23.8

Consumption Extra Urban (l/100 km)

10.7

Emissions Combined (g/km)

360

Emissions Urban (g/km)

-

Emissions Extra urban (g/km)

-

** same for Centennial Edition version

 

     
Exterior

Pininfarina’s unmistakable lines have graced Maseratis for generations and are reflected in the timeless classic that is the GranTurismo.

Its sleek shape, sporty stance and unforgettable silhouette pays homage to its famous heritage and is 100 per cent pure Maserati.

Its long front, muscular rear and defined lines suggest a forceful forward movement – even at a standstill. Particular attention has been paid to precise adjustments in its shapes to perfect aerodynamics.

The GranTurismo’s historically inspired nose designed to improve both the aerodynamics and the front brake cooling features a prominent oval grille as a direct link to its forebears with concave, vertical strakes like those from the Maserati A6 GCS of 1954. The traditional Trident badge is located at the centre.

Sharply raked Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are integrated into voluminous front guards, which gives it a forceful look, emphasising its power. The Xenon cluster within the headlight also incorporates Adaptive Light Control to track the movement of the steering wheel of up to 15 degrees.

With proportions inspired by the Birdcage prototype of 2004 and the historic Tipo 60/62 Maserati ‘Birdcage’, the GranTurismo provides a profile that is lean in the centre flanked with muscular guards front and rear.

Key historic styling cues like the triple air vent aperture in the front guards and the trademark, triangular c-pillar which houses the Trident badge, make the GranTurismo instantly recognizable as a Maserati also from the side.

The classic side lines blend the historically inspired front end with the modern rear end. The high-tech triangular rear light clusters feature 96 LEDs. The tail of the GranTurismo is capped by two, large oval tailpipes which underline its powerful character.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale combines the original grand touring concept with Maserati Corse race characteristics and completes the top end of the GranTurismo range. Visually, the GranTurismo MC Stradale is characterized by a more pronounced dynamic look. The look begins at its distinctive nose with a matt black grille and a Trident with red accents, as also seen in the GT Sport. The exterior features have all been taken directly from the racing program. The modifications have been carefully developed with the end result of great aerodynamic downforce at high speed. It benefits from feedback gained straight off the race track and complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD) research.

It sports a carbon-fibre bonnet in body colour with functional air vents that adds high-speed stability without increasing drag, mainly by relieving under-bonnet pressure. The bonnet not only creates high-speed downforce and improves cooling, but it also means the four-seat GranTurismo MC Stradale retains almost the same dry weight as the discontinued two-seat version (1,700 kg). This also means it continues to be the lightest and fastest car in the Maserati GranTurismo range.

The new carbon-fibre engine cover joins a host of other Trofeo-derived aerodynamic updates that add high-speed stability and efficiency. These include a deep front splitter integrated into the front bumper, deep functional side skirts, a re-profiled rear bumper and a pronounced rear lip spoiler on the boot. Its twin exhaust pipes are centrally mounted to promote a more efficient airflow under the body, which, when combined into one, integrated aerodynamic device, maximizes downforce and minimizes turbulence.

An array of other features clearly distinguish the GranTurismo MC Stradale as the high performance model of the Maserati GranTurismo range, including the matt black look headlights, carbon ceramic brakes, brake calipers painted in Titanium and the 20” forged lightweight alloy rims with double spokes.

Interior

The elegant and sumptuous hand-crafted interior blends luxury and space with performance in perfect harmony, highlighting the GranTurismo’s character without sacrificing usability. The current model is a modern interpretation of the GT blueprint, providing a sporty ambience within a comfortable environment. It’s the only car in its class which can seat four adults in comfort.

Clean surfaces ensure easy usability and optimal ergonomics. The dashboard features a distinctive ‘V’ motif echoing Maserati’s design traits while subtle chrome rings around the buttons and hand-stitched Trident logos on the head rests characterize the care taken for each detail. Even the stitching aims to resemble the line of the radiator grille and represents the styling ambition of the entire GranTurismo range.

Maserati offers a personalisation programme that is unlike any other in the world: it allows each customer to create a unique GranTurismo with for example the Alcantara package for an even more aggressive look, Poltrona Frau leather upholstery – the finest leather in the automotive world, leather upholstery in various colours as well as several combinable stitchings and the MC Sports Line package with carbon fibre trim for added sportiness. There is also a plethora of attractive trims to choose from.

The well-known furniture manufacturer Poltrona Frau® provides Maserati with the finest leather quality. Both Italian companies share a passion for craftsmanship, quality, style and usability. While Poltrona Frau® is the supplier for various car companies, only two companies receive the finest exclusive ‘Frau® leather’: Maserati and Ferrari. Poltrona Frau examines and selects each hide by hand, and the 20 tanning and treatment processes ensure that the exclusive ‘Frau® leather’ is completely organic and beautifully soft – but also very durable. Over time, Poltrona Frau® leather takes on a unique patina and does not tear like ordinary leather.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale radiates its athletic character in its entire appearance and all detailing. The front sports seats feature carbon fibre backs to achieve their low weight and also cater for Maserati’s traditional luxury with a combination of Poltrona Frau leather leather and Alcantara trims. The standard trims are soft black. The seats can be delivered with perforated Alcantara leather to achieve a stylish, practical finish. The Trident logo on head restraints is stitched in the same colour as the interior stitching.

There are three steering wheel options for the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, all of which have multi-function buttons and a flat-bottomed section. They can be delivered in full leather, a combination of leather and Alcantara or a combination of leather and carbon-fibre.

Continuing the sleek and sporty interior theme of the MC Stradale, the gearshift paddles are longer than those in other GranTurismo models to facilitate easier gear shifting in more demanding driving situations and are perfectly matched to the alloy foot pedals.

Engine

The naturally aspirated, Ferrari-built, V8 engine used in the GranTurismo comes straight from the race track offering eager throttle response and free-revving characteristics all delivered with the spine-tingling Maserati sound through its sports exhaust system.

The V8 engine’s reaction is extremely sensitive to movements of the right foot – the throttle response is simply in a league of its own. This and the smooth power delivery are typical characteristics of naturally-aspirated engines.

Its sportive lightweight construction is evident in the engine crankcase and cylinder heads in hardened and temperate aluminium alloy and the crankshaft in hardened and tempered steel - ideal for ultra-high thermal and mechanical strain. Racing is in the Maserati DNA - Formula 1 derived special coatings of highly stressed components reduce friction. Thus power rises while consumption drops. Thanks to the coating, the reliability increases as well: Nikasil-coated steel cylinder liners are extremely tough and wear-resistant; Diamond Like Coating (DLC) and super-finished camshaft labels were originally developed for motorsport.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale features smaller, lighter rear silencers; the deep throaty purr of the engine sounds every bit like that of a race car.

In its ultimate form in the GranTurismo MC Stradale, the race-tech derived high-revolution (max. 7,200 rpm) engine allows the car to reach 100 km/h from zero in just 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 303 km/h.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale utilizes the most powerful 460 hp version of the 4.7-litre V8 engine coupled with the super-fact six-speed electro-actuated “MC Race Shift” transaxle gearbox.

Gearbox

For a thoroughbred race car, gear changes have to be precision perfect and lightning fast so the most thrilling gear change is delivered by the automated 6-speed sequential gearshift (MC Race Shift) which is reserved for the GranTurismo MC Stradale.

The Transaxle layout is integrated at the rear of the car and includes the 6-speed electro-actuated gearbox, the dual-plate dry clutch and the asymmetric limited-slip differential. This all combines to offer state-of the-art weight distribution and fantastic shift speeds.

 

The Transaxle gearbox layout not only helps the GranTurismo MC Stradale to retain an ideally balanced weight distribution, but also incorporates the brilliant MC Race gear shifting strategy that allows it to change to higher gears in just 60 ms - five times faster than a blink of an eye. The transaxle layout means that it sits in the same housing as the asymmetrical limited slip differential.

The human-machine interface gives the driver the choice between three drive modes: Automatic, Sport (manual) and Race (manual) mode, with each level delivering additional rewards in the throttle response, the exhaust notes and the skid-control systems. The 6-speed gearbox also offers Sequential Downshifting: the driver can simply hold the downshift paddle in while braking and allow the car to change to sequentially lower gears until the paddle is released.

Handling and braking

The GranTurismo MC Stradale has been developed specifically to be comfortable, progressive, balanced and entertaining for all types of driver demands. The suspension and chassis layout enhance the already-impressive track performance of the GranTurismo MC Stradale without losing any of its abilities as a day-to-day car.

Its chassis was specifically developed to be easy to drive and as comfortable while retaining all of the inherent handling, ride and stability benefits from the long wheelbase. The 2,938 mm wheelbase is the key which unlocks the GranTurismo MC Stradale’s broad range of handling abilities across different conditions, allowing it to switch its character from super-aggressive track car to a city commuter

All of the dynamic performance is backed up by a state-of-the-art carbon-ceramic braking system. The brake master cylinder has a diameter of 27 mm to add consistent power and to deliver a shorter pedal stroke. The front brake package has 380x34 mm brake discs and six-piston calipers, while the rear has 360x32 mm discs and four-piston callipers. The stopping distance from 100 km/h to 0 km/h is 33 m.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale features 20-inch forged alloy wheels that are lighter than the standard wheels, while Pirelli has developed its PZero Corsa tyres (255/35 ZR20 at the front and 295/35 ZR20 at the rear) specifically to deliver more mid-corner grip and progression for this layout.

GranTurismo MC Stradale Centennial Edition

The Centennial Edition introduces three new tri-coated colour combinations, in addition to the four colour schemes already available for the MC Stradale. The wheel range, includes as many as four different finishes for two available designs, MC and Trofeo.

The hub covers are also specially designed to integrate the Centennial medallion logo, available in two finishes: Matt Smoke and Charcoal according to wheel style and colour.

The Centennial Special Editions come with a wide range of interiors. Each of the seven exterior finishes is matched to a specific interior finish.

The leather upholstered seats boast a particularly aggressive look with a contrasting decorative insert based on the three colours (red, white and blue) of the seat profiles. The same motif also extends to the headrests and surrounds the embroidered Trident logo.

The special triple coat paint finishes include Rosso Magma and Blu Inchiostro, two colours that emphasise the sports nature of the most extreme MC versions of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio. These two shades are a modern interpretation of the Maserati shield colours and also represent the traditional colours of Bologna, the town where the company was founded in 1914.

The combination of interior colours also reflects the three-tone finish of the body and wheels. The black leather of the seats and dashboard is strikingly offset by the red, white and blue of the full-length seat profiles and stitching, colour-matched with the laser engraved details on the wheels. The same colour combination appears on the leather covered steering wheel. The sporty look of the interior is enhanced by carbon fibre inserts on the dashboard, seat surrounds and by a kick plate on which the celebratory Centennial logo takes pride of place. The same interior colour scheme is also available for the Grigio Pietra exterior finish.

The interior colour scheme associated with the triple coated Blu Inchiostro body finish contrasts white leather seats and dashboard with Santorini blue inserts and stitching.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale Special Edition for Maserati Centennial is powered by the 460 HP, 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine that first appeared in the GranTurismo Sport. Combined with a robotised, 6-speed MC Race Shift transmission, it guarantees superb performance and a top speed of 303 km/h. The vehicle safety is guaranteed by Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes. In keeping with Maserati's philosophy, the new GranTurismo MC Stradale also capitalises on the progress made by the previous model in terms of reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

The Centennial Editions of the GranTurismo MC Stradale and GranCabrio MC, on the market starting from July 2014, complete the current Maserati range with deeply characterised, celebratory models.

The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale – Press Information

The Maserati GranTurismo range, comprising the GranTurismo, GranTurismo Sport and the track-focused GranTurismo MC Stradale, blends high performance with exotic Italian design and renowned luxury. Mere figures can neither reveal the fascination of GranTurismo nor describe the distinct personality of each variant. To feel the Maserati passion you have to drive one.

In 1914, the Maserati brothers teamed up to build the perfect race car. Their contemporaries were individuals such as Ferdinand Porsche, the Bentley Brothers and later Enzo Ferrari – car aficionados and race drivers. All of them made luxury sports cars out of race cars, which became the impetus for the birth of the GT segment. Maserati represents racing success in all classes and the most famous races and championships – from Targa Florio, Indianapolis, F1 Championship and FIA GT to the Maserati Trofeo MC of today.

The Maserati GranTurismo was born to be the ultimate grand tourer with its endearing lines and engineering concept stretching back to the elegant Maserati A6 1500GT of 1947. The A6 has become the father of the Maserati GT bloodline, reflecting a luxury coupé with a Pininfarina body mated to an engine borrowed from a race car. The legacy of the GT ambition and pedigree continues to define the Maserati cars of today.

Today’s GranTurismo range offers peerless, performance luxury in daily commuting, on long trips or for more committed, sporting drives. The sporty stance and classic GT silhouette of the 4-seater tell of its 100-year heritage of famous Maserati race and road cars - a true design masterpiece by Pininfarina.

The three variants feature two powerful, naturally-aspirated V8 engines hand-assembled by Ferrari in Maranello giving the GranTurismo range its characteristic eager throttle response and free-revving characteristics.

The 405 hp GranTurismo features a fascinating 4.2-litre V8 engine combined with a smooth, hydraulically-operated, automatic 6-speed gearshift. The V8 of the GranTurismo Sport is larger at 4.7-litres, outputting 460 hp, and offers a choice of either the fully automatic 6-speed gearbox (MC Auto Shift) or the more race-focused, electro-actuated 6-speed auto unit (MC Shift). The 460 hp GranTurismo MC Stradale completes the top end of the GranTurismo range as a street version of the Trofeo MC race car providing a racing experience for four adults.

The sports exhaust with bypass valves creates the exhilarating Maserati sound. The front-mid sports car layout, rear-biased weight distribution and double wishbone suspensions, the hydraulic steering box, Brembo brakes and limited slip differential create the razor-sharp handling of a true sports car.

The GranTurismo range offers on-road luxury with its spacious interior with four comfortable individual seats, Poltrona Frau® Leather and drilled Alcantara depending on model, perfect ergonomics and easy-to-use interfaces. Clients can express their individual style with custom-made seat upholstery, coloured brake calipers and more personalization possibilities.

VERSIONS

SPECIFICATIONS

GranTurismo MC Stradale**

Fuel Type

Gasoline

Number of cylinders / layout

V8 / 90°

Displacement (litres)

4.7

Max Power (HP)

460

Max Torque (Nm)

520

Transmission

6 gears

electro-actuated

Traction

RWD

Max speed (km/h)

303

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

4.5 s

Stopping distance (100-0 km/h)

33 m

Consumption Combined (l/100 km)

15.5

Consumption Urban (l/100 km)

23.8

Consumption Extra Urban (l/100 km)

10.7

Emissions Combined (g/km)

360

Emissions Urban (g/km)

-

Emissions Extra urban (g/km)

-

** same for Centennial Edition version

 

     
Exterior

Pininfarina’s unmistakable lines have graced Maseratis for generations and are reflected in the timeless classic that is the GranTurismo.

Its sleek shape, sporty stance and unforgettable silhouette pays homage to its famous heritage and is 100 per cent pure Maserati.

Its long front, muscular rear and defined lines suggest a forceful forward movement – even at a standstill. Particular attention has been paid to precise adjustments in its shapes to perfect aerodynamics.

The GranTurismo’s historically inspired nose designed to improve both the aerodynamics and the front brake cooling features a prominent oval grille as a direct link to its forebears with concave, vertical strakes like those from the Maserati A6 GCS of 1954. The traditional Trident badge is located at the centre.

Sharply raked Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are integrated into voluminous front guards, which gives it a forceful look, emphasising its power. The Xenon cluster within the headlight also incorporates Adaptive Light Control to track the movement of the steering wheel of up to 15 degrees.

With proportions inspired by the Birdcage prototype of 2004 and the historic Tipo 60/62 Maserati ‘Birdcage’, the GranTurismo provides a profile that is lean in the centre flanked with muscular guards front and rear.

Key historic styling cues like the triple air vent aperture in the front guards and the trademark, triangular c-pillar which houses the Trident badge, make the GranTurismo instantly recognizable as a Maserati also from the side.

The classic side lines blend the historically inspired front end with the modern rear end. The high-tech triangular rear light clusters feature 96 LEDs. The tail of the GranTurismo is capped by two, large oval tailpipes which underline its powerful character.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale combines the original grand touring concept with Maserati Corse race characteristics and completes the top end of the GranTurismo range. Visually, the GranTurismo MC Stradale is characterized by a more pronounced dynamic look. The look begins at its distinctive nose with a matt black grille and a Trident with red accents, as also seen in the GT Sport. The exterior features have all been taken directly from the racing program. The modifications have been carefully developed with the end result of great aerodynamic downforce at high speed. It benefits from feedback gained straight off the race track and complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD) research.

It sports a carbon-fibre bonnet in body colour with functional air vents that adds high-speed stability without increasing drag, mainly by relieving under-bonnet pressure. The bonnet not only creates high-speed downforce and improves cooling, but it also means the four-seat GranTurismo MC Stradale retains almost the same dry weight as the discontinued two-seat version (1,700 kg). This also means it continues to be the lightest and fastest car in the Maserati GranTurismo range.

The new carbon-fibre engine cover joins a host of other Trofeo-derived aerodynamic updates that add high-speed stability and efficiency. These include a deep front splitter integrated into the front bumper, deep functional side skirts, a re-profiled rear bumper and a pronounced rear lip spoiler on the boot. Its twin exhaust pipes are centrally mounted to promote a more efficient airflow under the body, which, when combined into one, integrated aerodynamic device, maximizes downforce and minimizes turbulence.

An array of other features clearly distinguish the GranTurismo MC Stradale as the high performance model of the Maserati GranTurismo range, including the matt black look headlights, carbon ceramic brakes, brake calipers painted in Titanium and the 20” forged lightweight alloy rims with double spokes.

Interior

The elegant and sumptuous hand-crafted interior blends luxury and space with performance in perfect harmony, highlighting the GranTurismo’s character without sacrificing usability. The current model is a modern interpretation of the GT blueprint, providing a sporty ambience within a comfortable environment. It’s the only car in its class which can seat four adults in comfort.

Clean surfaces ensure easy usability and optimal ergonomics. The dashboard features a distinctive ‘V’ motif echoing Maserati’s design traits while subtle chrome rings around the buttons and hand-stitched Trident logos on the head rests characterize the care taken for each detail. Even the stitching aims to resemble the line of the radiator grille and represents the styling ambition of the entire GranTurismo range.

Maserati offers a personalisation programme that is unlike any other in the world: it allows each customer to create a unique GranTurismo with for example the Alcantara package for an even more aggressive look, Poltrona Frau leather upholstery – the finest leather in the automotive world, leather upholstery in various colours as well as several combinable stitchings and the MC Sports Line package with carbon fibre trim for added sportiness. There is also a plethora of attractive trims to choose from.

The well-known furniture manufacturer Poltrona Frau® provides Maserati with the finest leather quality. Both Italian companies share a passion for craftsmanship, quality, style and usability. While Poltrona Frau® is the supplier for various car companies, only two companies receive the finest exclusive ‘Frau® leather’: Maserati and Ferrari. Poltrona Frau examines and selects each hide by hand, and the 20 tanning and treatment processes ensure that the exclusive ‘Frau® leather’ is completely organic and beautifully soft – but also very durable. Over time, Poltrona Frau® leather takes on a unique patina and does not tear like ordinary leather.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale radiates its athletic character in its entire appearance and all detailing. The front sports seats feature carbon fibre backs to achieve their low weight and also cater for Maserati’s traditional luxury with a combination of Poltrona Frau leather leather and Alcantara trims. The standard trims are soft black. The seats can be delivered with perforated Alcantara leather to achieve a stylish, practical finish. The Trident logo on head restraints is stitched in the same colour as the interior stitching.

There are three steering wheel options for the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, all of which have multi-function buttons and a flat-bottomed section. They can be delivered in full leather, a combination of leather and Alcantara or a combination of leather and carbon-fibre.

Continuing the sleek and sporty interior theme of the MC Stradale, the gearshift paddles are longer than those in other GranTurismo models to facilitate easier gear shifting in more demanding driving situations and are perfectly matched to the alloy foot pedals.

Engine

The naturally aspirated, Ferrari-built, V8 engine used in the GranTurismo comes straight from the race track offering eager throttle response and free-revving characteristics all delivered with the spine-tingling Maserati sound through its sports exhaust system.

The V8 engine’s reaction is extremely sensitive to movements of the right foot – the throttle response is simply in a league of its own. This and the smooth power delivery are typical characteristics of naturally-aspirated engines.

Its sportive lightweight construction is evident in the engine crankcase and cylinder heads in hardened and temperate aluminium alloy and the crankshaft in hardened and tempered steel - ideal for ultra-high thermal and mechanical strain. Racing is in the Maserati DNA - Formula 1 derived special coatings of highly stressed components reduce friction. Thus power rises while consumption drops. Thanks to the coating, the reliability increases as well: Nikasil-coated steel cylinder liners are extremely tough and wear-resistant; Diamond Like Coating (DLC) and super-finished camshaft labels were originally developed for motorsport.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale features smaller, lighter rear silencers; the deep throaty purr of the engine sounds every bit like that of a race car.

In its ultimate form in the GranTurismo MC Stradale, the race-tech derived high-revolution (max. 7,200 rpm) engine allows the car to reach 100 km/h from zero in just 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 303 km/h.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale utilizes the most powerful 460 hp version of the 4.7-litre V8 engine coupled with the super-fact six-speed electro-actuated “MC Race Shift” transaxle gearbox.

Gearbox

For a thoroughbred race car, gear changes have to be precision perfect and lightning fast so the most thrilling gear change is delivered by the automated 6-speed sequential gearshift (MC Race Shift) which is reserved for the GranTurismo MC Stradale.

The Transaxle layout is integrated at the rear of the car and includes the 6-speed electro-actuated gearbox, the dual-plate dry clutch and the asymmetric limited-slip differential. This all combines to offer state-of the-art weight distribution and fantastic shift speeds.

 

The Transaxle gearbox layout not only helps the GranTurismo MC Stradale to retain an ideally balanced weight distribution, but also incorporates the brilliant MC Race gear shifting strategy that allows it to change to higher gears in just 60 ms - five times faster than a blink of an eye. The transaxle layout means that it sits in the same housing as the asymmetrical limited slip differential.

The human-machine interface gives the driver the choice between three drive modes: Automatic, Sport (manual) and Race (manual) mode, with each level delivering additional rewards in the throttle response, the exhaust notes and the skid-control systems. The 6-speed gearbox also offers Sequential Downshifting: the driver can simply hold the downshift paddle in while braking and allow the car to change to sequentially lower gears until the paddle is released.

Handling and braking

The GranTurismo MC Stradale has been developed specifically to be comfortable, progressive, balanced and entertaining for all types of driver demands. The suspension and chassis layout enhance the already-impressive track performance of the GranTurismo MC Stradale without losing any of its abilities as a day-to-day car.

Its chassis was specifically developed to be easy to drive and as comfortable while retaining all of the inherent handling, ride and stability benefits from the long wheelbase. The 2,938 mm wheelbase is the key which unlocks the GranTurismo MC Stradale’s broad range of handling abilities across different conditions, allowing it to switch its character from super-aggressive track car to a city commuter

All of the dynamic performance is backed up by a state-of-the-art carbon-ceramic braking system. The brake master cylinder has a diameter of 27 mm to add consistent power and to deliver a shorter pedal stroke. The front brake package has 380x34 mm brake discs and six-piston calipers, while the rear has 360x32 mm discs and four-piston callipers. The stopping distance from 100 km/h to 0 km/h is 33 m.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale features 20-inch forged alloy wheels that are lighter than the standard wheels, while Pirelli has developed its PZero Corsa tyres (255/35 ZR20 at the front and 295/35 ZR20 at the rear) specifically to deliver more mid-corner grip and progression for this layout.

GranTurismo MC Stradale Centennial Edition

The Centennial Edition introduces three new tri-coated colour combinations, in addition to the four colour schemes already available for the MC Stradale. The wheel range, includes as many as four different finishes for two available designs, MC and Trofeo.

The hub covers are also specially designed to integrate the Centennial medallion logo, available in two finishes: Matt Smoke and Charcoal according to wheel style and colour.

The Centennial Special Editions come with a wide range of interiors. Each of the seven exterior finishes is matched to a specific interior finish.

The leather upholstered seats boast a particularly aggressive look with a contrasting decorative insert based on the three colours (red, white and blue) of the seat profiles. The same motif also extends to the headrests and surrounds the embroidered Trident logo.

The special triple coat paint finishes include Rosso Magma and Blu Inchiostro, two colours that emphasise the sports nature of the most extreme MC versions of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio. These two shades are a modern interpretation of the Maserati shield colours and also represent the traditional colours of Bologna, the town where the company was founded in 1914.

The combination of interior colours also reflects the three-tone finish of the body and wheels. The black leather of the seats and dashboard is strikingly offset by the red, white and blue of the full-length seat profiles and stitching, colour-matched with the laser engraved details on the wheels. The same colour combination appears on the leather covered steering wheel. The sporty look of the interior is enhanced by carbon fibre inserts on the dashboard, seat surrounds and by a kick plate on which the celebratory Centennial logo takes pride of place. The same interior colour scheme is also available for the Grigio Pietra exterior finish.

The interior colour scheme associated with the triple coated Blu Inchiostro body finish contrasts white leather seats and dashboard with Santorini blue inserts and stitching.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale Special Edition for Maserati Centennial is powered by the 460 HP, 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine that first appeared in the GranTurismo Sport. Combined with a robotised, 6-speed MC Race Shift transmission, it guarantees superb performance and a top speed of 303 km/h. The vehicle safety is guaranteed by Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes. In keeping with Maserati's philosophy, the new GranTurismo MC Stradale also capitalises on the progress made by the previous model in terms of reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

The Centennial Editions of the GranTurismo MC Stradale and GranCabrio MC, on the market starting from July 2014, complete the current Maserati range with deeply characterised, celebratory models.

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