Maserati just released the pricing of its latest North American offerings, the 2012 GranTurismo MC and 2012 GranTurismo Convertible Sport. The GranTurismo MC will start at $139,900, and the GranTurismo Convertible Sport will start at $142,800. Both prices include $1800 in destination fees and $1700 in gas guzzler taxes.
Maserati’s GranTurismo MC is essentially the North American version of the GranTurismo MC Stradale -- which, for those attentively paying attention, runs somewhere close to $204,000. Both are designed to be the top-end Maserati sports cars in their respective markets, share the same high-revving 444-hp, 4.7-liter V-8, and the same body kit. But that's essentially where the similarities end.
The extra $64,000 or so nets Stradale buyers a roll cage, four-point harnesses, carbon fiber race seats, carbon ceramic brakes, and perhaps most importantly, its automated-manual transaxle. U.S.-spec MC cars do without those features, and also utilize a more conventional six-speed ZF automatic, which bolts directly to the engine. Still, it'll be one sexy, sporty coupe...
Maserati’s $142,800 GranTurismo Convertible Sport is the convertible version of the GranTurismo S. It features the same engine, exhaust and body kit as its two-door sibling. The freedom of open-air motoring? It's yours for a $7000 premium over fixed-roof GranTurismo S models. Motivation is still provided by a 440-hp form of Maserati's venerable 4.7-liter V-8.