Maserati to Debut GranTurismo MC Stradale at 2010 Paris Motor Show

Set to break the 300 km/h barrier, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale will be the fastest, lightest and most powerful model in the company’s range when it goes on sale early next year.

Maserati is debuting a faster and lighter version of the GranTurismo called the MC Stradale for the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Photo: Maserati

Inspired by the Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the race-winning GT4 motorsport models, the new two-seater Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale will debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show next month as the fastest, lightest and most powerful vehicle in the Maserati range.

Maserati says that the two-seater will feature “razor-sharp” handling and that it will appeal to drivers looking for a car that balances on-road motoring needs with a race-style driving experience.

The MC Stradale’s bodywork alone leaves no doubt that this is no ordinary GranTurismo coupe. Maserati says the MC Stradale will produce more aerodynamic downforce than the standard car without adding to its low drag coefficient.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale takes things to a new level with a 450-horsepower engine and new styling bits that produce more downforce. Photo: Maserati

It is also said to produce more power from its 4.7-litre V8 engine – 444bhp – without using more fuel. Maserati claims that the new car will be more agile (thanks in part to being 100kg lighter) without sacrificing the GranTurismo S’s “highly praised ride quality”.

The Stradale is expected to have a top speed in excess of break the 300 km/h barrier, or about 186 mph., and a 0-60mph time slightly quicker than that of the standard car’s 4.9 seconds.

As for the body kit, some might call it over the top yet others might find it just right. Black accents below the bold front grille eye-catching while a larger rear diffuser spices up the rear view.

The MC Stradale's bodywork alone leaves no doubt that this is no ordinary GranTurismo coupe. With "razor-sharp handling," Maserati says the MC Stradale will also break the 300 km/h barrier, or about 186 mph. Photo: Maserati

The darkened twin five-spoke wheels are simple but probably much lighter than the wheels found on lesser GranTurismos. Dark trim around the windows replaces the silver trim found on other models and a lip spoiler has been added to the trunk lid.

Prices have not been confirmed, but it is expected that the MC Stradale will cost in the region of £106,000 and go on sale in the first quarter of 2011.  Stay with TheBlogIsMine‘s Autos section for more on this Maserati and other 2010 Paris Motor Show news. [via AutoBlog]

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