Maserati prices in Australia have dropped by as much as $36,000 as a result of a price restructuring by the Italian marque’s local importer, European Automotive Imports (EAI).

The biggest reduction is to the entry-level Quattroporte, which has decreased from $286,000 to $250,000.

The sole GranCabrio model is now $10,800 cheaper, dropping to $328,000.

The GranTurismo S enjoys a similar reduction, down $10,500 to $308,000, while EAI has also knocked $900 off the price of the GranTurismo S MC Shift, taking it to $345,000.

Meanwhile,the Maserati GranTurismo S MC Shift has been upgraded to differentiate it from the six-speed automatic S version.

Visually, the MC Shift model now features carbon fibre front and rear spoilers, door handles and rear view mirrors, as well as matching black doorsills and exhaust tips.

Inside, carbon fibre is splashed around on the dashboard, door panels, centre console, gearshift paddles and around the instruments.

MC logos and badges can now be found on the doorsills and pedals.

The GranTurismo S MC Shift also has a revised suspension setup that was developed in collaboration with Maserati’s motorsport program.  The new tune has been designed to deliver a sharper steering response, improved grip and enhanced handling.

2011 Maserati Australia range (manufacturer’s list prices):

GranTurismo

  • Six-speed automatic – $288,800
  • S six-speed automatic – $$308,000
  • S MC Shift – $345,000
  • MC Stradale – $364,900

GranCabrio

  • Six-speed automatic – $328,000

Quattroporte

  • Six-speed automatic – $250,000
  • GT S MC Sportline – $298,800
  • GT S – $328,900

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