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by Tim Beissmann

The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale four-seater has launched in Australia with two extra seats and a $20K lower price tag than the limited edition two-seater on which it’s based.

Maserati Australia has confirmed the addition of the four-seat GranTurismo MC Stradale to the local line-up, which tops the Italian coupe’s range alongside the MC Shift variant with a $345,000 starting price.

The pricing makes the MC Stradale four-seater $19,900 cheaper than the two-seat version that was sold in Australia in limited numbers from June 2011.

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Despite adding 30kg over the base car, weight saving features, such as the introduction of a carbonfibre bonnet, ensure the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale four-seater retains the two-seater’s 4.5-second 0-100km/h acceleration ability, and actually has a 2km/h-higher top speed (303km/h) as a result of on-going development of the car.

Propelling it to those speeds is the most advanced iteration of Maserati’s 4.7-litre V8 that produces 338kW and 520Nm, which powers the rear wheels via a six-speed ‘MC Race Shift’ paddleshift transmission.

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Unveiled at March’s Geneva motor show, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale four-seater is distinguished from the GranTurismo Sport by its unique front and rear bumpers, front guards, carbonfibre bootlid and new alloy wheel design.

New Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, custom-developed Pirelli tyres, a unique suspension layout and carbon shell front seats are also exclusive to the MC Stradale.

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Carbonfibre and alcantara inspired by racing variants of the GranTurismo feature extensively in the cabin. The rear seats are upholstered with leather and alcantara, hand-stitched with red Maserati logos and equipped with a centre armrest, cup holders and individual reading lights.

Just 20 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale four-seaters will be made available to Australian and New Zealand customers, with the first deliveries now underway.




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