Published on May 4th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale Centennial Editions
Maserati unveiled at the New York and Beijing Auto Shows the GranTurismo MC Stradale and Gran Cabrio MC Centennial Editions to celebrate the company’s first 100 years and further focus attention on the brand’s true sporting spirit.
Both models will feature three special new three-layer colour schemes in addition to the four already available for the MC Stradale. There is a wide choice of wheels too, with four special finishes for the MC and Trophy designs. At the centre of the wheels appears the medal-shaped centenary logo, itself available in two finishes, matt Smoke grey and Charcoal grey, depending on wheel design and colour.
The Centennial Special Edition comes with a wide range of interiors too. Each of the seven exterior finishes is combined with a specific interior finish. The leather upholstered seats boast a particularly aggressive look with a contrasting decorative insert based on the three colours (red, white and blue) of the seat profiles. The motif also extends to the headrests and surrounds the embroidered Trident logo.
The special three-layer paint finishes includes Magma red and Inchiostro blue, two colours that emphasise the sporting nature of the more extreme MC versions of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio. These two colours are a modern interpretation of those of the Maserati shield and also represent the traditional colours of the town of Bologna where the company was founded in 1914. The combination of colours found in the interiors also reflects the three-tone finish of the body and wheels. The black leather of the seats and dashboard is strikingly offset by the red, white and blue of the full-length seat profiles and by stitching in a colour that mimics that of the laser engraved details on the wheels. The same colour combination appears on the leather covered steering wheel. The sporting appearance of the interior is enhanced by carbon fibre inserts on the dashboard, seat surrounds and by a kick plate on which the celebratory centenary logo takes pride of place. The same interior colour scheme is also available for the Pietra grey exterior finish.
The interior colour scheme associated with the three-layer Inchiostro blue body finish contrasts white leather seats and dashboard with Santorini Blue inserts and stitching.
The GranTurismo MC Stradale Maserati Centennial Special Edition is powered by the 460 HP, 4.7 litre V8 that first appeared in the GranTurismo Sport, combined with a robotised, 6-speed MC Race Shift gearbox that guarantees superb performance and a top speed of 303 km/h. Active safety is guaranteed by Brembo carbon ceramic brake discs. In keeping with Maserati philosophy, the new GranTurismo MC Stradale also benefits from the advances made on the previous model in terms of reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The GranTurismo MC Stradale and GranCabrio MC Centennial Editions will be available alongside the current Maserati range. Sales are due to begin in July 2014.