Seeing Red: Novitec Tunes the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

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Slow isn’t a word we’d use for Maserati’s new GranTurismo MC Stradale, but for those few people who want their Italian exotics to go faster, German tuning house Novitec has the solution: the Novitec Tridente Supersport package.

The centerpiece of the package, as one would expect, is the Novitec Supersport supercharger, which boosts the 4.7-liter V-8 engine’s output to a stout 646 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Novitec’s modifications include adding a water-to-air intercooler with two heat exchangers, a larger intake manifold, and a revised cooling system, aided by the functional ducting incorporated into the hood.

When coupled with the stock MC Stradale’s six-speed automatic transmission, that power is good enough to rocket the car from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, to 124 mph in 11.4 seconds, and on to a top speed of about 190 mph. If 190 mph is a bit pedestrian for you, Novitec can fit the six-speed tranny with taller gearing, unlocking a new top speed of 205 mph – the same top-end as the wicked Enzo-based MC12 supercar.

The Novitec Rosso GranTurismo MC Stradale sits on three-piece, five-spoke wheels -- measuring 21 inches up front and 22 inches out back – wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tires. The tuning firm also tweaked the suspension, adding new progressive sport springs that also lower the ride height by roughly an inch.

The Supersport package doesn’t necessarily add any interior accouterment, but Novitec says the MC Stradale can be fitted with leather and Alcantara in “any desired color” at extra cost. As is the case with low-volume sports tuners, nearly any modification is possible, provided the owner is willing to part with a sizable amount of cash.

As it stands, the Supersport package (including engine modifications, the supercharger, intercooler, hood, wheels, and tires) will run you about $31,900 over the cost of a standard MC Stradale, which is slated to be about $204,000 – and, for that matter, available only outside of North America.

Source: Novitec Rosso

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