European playboys looking for a hot, new track toy can look no further than the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. It'll only set them back a cool $204,000.
The MC Stradale is the motorsport-inspired, track-optimized variant of the GranTurismo, and it goes on sale in most of the global market this coming February. Unluckily for Maserati enthusiasts in the United States, it won't be available in North America.
To prepare it for the great road courses of the rest of the world, Maserati gave the MC Stradale's 4.7-liter V-8 a power boost to 443 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Other upgrades aimed to improve the Maser's handling, with modifications including weight shedding (losing 243 pounds to achieve a manufacturer-stated 3902-pound curb weight), revised suspension tuning, the addition of Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes, and unique Pirelli tires optimized for the MC Stradale's balanced setup. Additional aerodynamic improvements were incorporated to generate more downforce without producing too much extra drag in the interest of preserving fuel economy. It's still a street-legal road car after all.
For the true racecar feel, this special GranTurismo is equipped with an upgraded MC Race Shift electronic semi-automatic transmission capable of 60-millisecond gear changes. The electronic driving aids gain a dedicated Race mode setting for when it's time to roll out of the pitlane.
Feeling the need for an MC Stradale now? You could always keep one at the vacation home in Cannes...