Maserati has updated its most hardcore car for 2013. The new GranTurismo MC Stradale has more power and more extrovert styling than the outgoing car, and double the seat count too: Maserati is putting back seats back into the hottest GranTurismo.
Isn't the MC Stradale supposed to be the lightweight, track-ready GranTurismo?
Yes, but at 1770kg even in two-seater guise, the MC Stradale has never been a true Porsche 911 GT3 RS rival. For 2013, Maserati has junked the roll cage and the refitted rear seats. Power is up too: the revised 4.7-litre V8 pumps out 454bhp, up from 444bhp in the old car, while CO2 emissions and fuel economy are said to be improved. The engine is mated to a six-speed automated manual gearbox (complete with paddle-shift overide) and it drive the rear wheels. Top speed is 188mph (1mph faster than before) and 0-62mph is dispatched in around 4.5sec.
Point out those styling upgrades...
There's now a big central scoop in the new carbonfibre bonnet, the 2013 MC Stradale rides on new 20-inch forged alloy wheels, and there's new trim materials inside, to lift the GranTurismo's six-year old cabin. As before, carbon-cermainc disc brakes are standard.
The revised Maserati GranTurimso MC Stradale will be officially unveiled at the 2013 Geneva motor show next week, and it will go on sale in summer 2013, replacing the two-seater MC Stradale. Prices are expected to rise slightly from the current £110,000.