Party of four, your Maserati is ready.
While the hoi polloi are milling about at the New York Auto Show, the elite are toasting the arrival of two new Maseratis at the new Maserati retail facility in the stylish TriBeCa section of Manhattan.
The Maserati GranTurismo MC is the first offering from Maserati Corse––the company’s racing department––tailored specifically for the North American market. It incorporates the increased power, intuitive handling, and aerodynamic gains of the European GranTurismo MC Stradale in a practical––if the word can be applied to a Maserati––four-seater.
The GranTurismo MC is the fastest production Maserati available in North America, thanks to a 4.7-liter all-alloy V8 engine that cranks out 444 horsepower at 7000 rpm––just what you need for practical driving––and 376 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm. Top speed is a claimed 185 mph, with a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds.
A race-bred aerodynamic package generates increased downforce at high speeds without increasing drag, which will impress everyone in your car pool as much as the standard single-rate suspension setup that controls damping and improves lateral grip.
Also debuting at the TriBeCa bash is the GranTurismo Convertible Sport, the first four-seater convertible in Maserati’s 97-year history. It has the same 4.7-liter engine as the GranTurismo MC, with added upgrades to the standard Skyhook suspension and the MC Shift six-speed automatic with rev-matched downshifting. The sport exhaust system is similar to that of the GranTurismo S model and Quattroporte Sport GTS.
The Convertible Sport comes with a new front aerodynamic fascia, side skirts, dark-look trim and headlamps, and body-colored door handles. The GranTurismo Convertible Sport and the GranTurismo MC are on sale now and will arrive in North America in August 2011. more