Make mine a double
When you’re on a good thing, milk it. But can you have too many versions of Maserati’s GranTurismo?
THE remarkable reproduction skills of Italy have borne another Maserati model based on its evergreen coupe.
It is splitting hairs, or broadening its audience, with a more sports-oriented GranTurismo S: the MC-Shift.
In fact, the new model is the same one launched in 2008, but with more features and more muscular performance. It will be followed later this year by the Stradale coupe.
Named after its automated manual transmission, the refreshed MC-Shift coupe will be sold alongside the more civilised version with its sixspeed, fully automatic gearbox.
The MC-Shift coupe— which adds stiffer suspension, carbon fibre trim, spoilers, drilled disc rotors and sports seats over the normal S— costs $345,000, or $27,000 more than the sibling.
Technically, the MC-Shift shares the S model’s 323kW/ 490Nm 4.7-litre V8 engine and, instead of the ZF auto, inserts a six-speed electro-actuated gearbox with MC-Shift. Maserati claims a 0-100km/h sprint of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 295km/h— the same as the auto.
The Stradale will cost $364,900 and cover 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds up to a top speed of 301km/h.
Maserati will expand the GranTurismo class— it has a 4.2, 4.7 and cabriolet version— with the MC-Shift from today and with its Stradale coupe model, beefed up to 331kW, by the end of the year.
That’s four coupes and a convertible from one model.
‘‘ Previously the only way to tell the two versions of 4.7-litre GranTurismo S apart was the bark of the exhaust and the razor-sharp performance delivered by the MC-Shift gearbox, along with a different style of alloy wheel,’’ says Maserati Australia and New Zealand general manager Glen Sealey.
‘‘ We have changed that with the 2011 GranTurismo S MCShift, which now is equipped as standard with the fullMC Sportline equipment package, derived from the Maserati Corse motor sport program.’’
The GranTurismo S automatic will be aimed at owners looking more for luxury, he says, while the MC-Shift versions will have ‘‘ a sharper, more defined bias to performance’’.
Sports gear: The MC-Shift coupe gets the full MC Sportline motorsport package from Maserati Corse