By C.C. Weiss
Fresh off a glorious victory on the high seas, Maserati has its mind back on the road. At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the Italian marque will premiere a new four-seat version of the race-inspired GranTurismo MC Stradale, along with flashing Europe a glimpse of the new Quattroporte.
Originally launched in 2010 as a two-seat coupe, the MC Stradale is an upgraded GranTurismo inspired by the race cars of the Maserati Trofeo Championship. The original MC Stradale featured a power upgrade over its GranTurismo contemporary, but Maserati is content to stick with the since-upgraded 460-hp 4.7-liter V8 engine seen in the current GranTurismo Sport and MC Stradale models. That engine works with the MC Race Shift six-speed robotized manual transmission.
What is new for the updated MC is an extra pair of seats, delivering the Stradale’s upgraded performance and luxury to up to four occupants. The car also gets new materials inside and out, including a new carbon fiber hood with central air intake and 20-inch forged alloy rims. Up to 188 mph (303 km/h) of speed is brought screaming back to zero with Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes.
So the short of it is that the GranTurismo MC Stradale now seats four and has some cosmetic updating. We’ll find out more about the latest Maserati at the Geneva show next month.