Did you feel cheated when Maserati showed their GranTurismo MC Stradale at last year’s Paris Auto Show? The range-topping coupe appeared to be destined for European customers only, but Maserati has had a change of heart. We’re not getting the exact car the EU gets, but what we are getting is close enough to keep most U.S. enthusiasts happy. First, Maserati is dropping the “Stradale” name, so North American cars are simply called the GranTurismo MC. On the outside, the cars are identical, and that’s a very good thing since the coupe is a stunner. Inside, North American cars get the back seat that the GranTursimo MC Stradale omits, and buyers on this side of the Atlantic can get any transmission they want, as long as it’s an automatic. Maserati has opted to use the ZF automatic transmission from the GranTurismo, instead of the sequential-shift version found on the European MC Stradale. Why? Chalk it up to “buyer preferences” on this side of the Atlantic.
Under the hood, the Maserati GranTurismo MC gets the same 4.7-liter V-8 engine as the European model, said to be good for 444 horsepower and 376 foot-pounds of torque. That’s enough to get the car from zero to one hundred kilometers per hour (sixty-two miles per hour) in just 4.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 185 miles per hour. That makes the GranTurismo MC less than two miles per hour slower than the lighter, less luxurious GranTurismo MC Stradale. It also makes the car the fastest production car Maserati has ever sold in the United States.
Look for pricing to be announced closer to the car’s launch.