The fastest Maserati ever sold – the 2011 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale – will arrive in Australia in June.

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The race-bred Stradale is the first publically available Maserati to break the 300km/h barrier, with its top speed officially clocked at 301km/h.

The GranTurismo MC Stradale is powered by an enhanced version of the Italian marque’s 4.7-litre V8. It produces 331kW of power and 510Nm of torque – up from the 323kW/490Nm of the $345,900 GranTurismo S.

Despite the extra power, the Stradale actually uses less fuel than the S model, with its combined cycle consumption rated at 14.5 litres/100km (down from 15.2).

The fuel savings are due largely to 110kg of weight reductions, which bring the total dry weight down to 1670kg. The bulk of the savings are due to the Stradale’s carbon fibre seats (26kg reduction), reduced sound insulation (25kg), carbon ceramic Brembo brakes (18kg) and lack of a rear seat (16kg).

The removal of the rear seat makes the Stradale the first two-seater Maserati since the MC12 supercar.

The upgraded MC Race Shift six-speed sequential transmission can perform gear changes in just 60 milliseconds and is fitted with a dedicated ‘Race’ mode.

The Stradale is also visually very different to the GranTurismo S, with changes to the front and rear bumpers, front guards, bonnet and boot lid, as well as extensive use of carbon fibre and Alcantara in the interior.

The first examples of the 2011 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale will arrive in Australia in June. Only limited numbers of the $364,900 supercar will be available.

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