Maserati introduced the GranTursimo all the way back in 2007, that’s 11 years ago and although it doesn’t seem too long ago, in the world of performance vehicles it’s a lifetime. The GranTurismo is a two door, four seat coupé with a big V8 up front, the perfect recipe for a GT car, maybe that explains why 11 years after being introduced it remains in production today.
Over the years we have seen Maserati add to the GranTurismo range with the GranTurismo S, GranTurismo MC Sport Line, GranTurismo Sport and Gran Cabrio but the one version that really stands out the most for me is the hardcore, faster GranTurismo MC Stradale.
The MC Stradale made it’s debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and officially went on sale in 2011. The GranTurismo MC Stradale was the fastest and most focused production Maserati ever built and it was also the first GranTurismo to break the 300 km/h speed barrier. The MC Stradale was strictly a two seater with no rear seats and it was powered by a bigger 4.7 liter V8 engine sending 444 hp through a 6 speed robotised manual transmission to the rear wheels and the MC Stradale on to a top speed of 303 km/h.
The MC Stradale also received a host of body upgrades, including a new sportier hood, new front splitter and a new rear air dam for better aerodynamics, downforce and improved cooling of the carbon ceramic brakes. Maserati HQ confirmed that only 497 MC Stradale’s were built between 2011 – 2013.
In 2013 the 2nd generation MC Stradale made it’s debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The 2nd generation MC Stradale was powered by the same 4.7 liter V8 engine as the 1st generation but this time it had a power output of 460 hp, an increase of 16 hp. A top speed of 303 km/h remained the same as the 1st generation too which left many people wandering what was new compared to the 1st generation MC Stradale.
Maserati added subtle upgrades to the 2nd generation MC Stradale including a new carbon fiber hood, 2 new sport tail pipes and new 20 inch forged alloy wheels but the biggest difference over the 1st generation was the addition of 2 more seats. The 2nd generation MC Stradale could seat 4 people in total comfort compared to only 2.
Both the 1st and 2nd generation GranTurismo MC Stradale’s were built because Maserati customer’s wanted a road going race car version of the GranTurismo. As a direct result of this the MC Stradale was built & it was inspired by the GT4, GTD and Trofeo race cars and in my opinion they didn’t disappoint.
The MC Stradale is a car that never really got the credit it deserves, it really is something special and even today it is something quite rare too.