MC Stradale-style makeover for Maserati's cabriolet
The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, despite its harnesses and a lack of rear seats, was never quite the GT3 rival and hardcore flagship it appeared. It was 110kg lighter than the standard car, but it was still hauling 1770kg and remained a viable everyday proposition.
Changes are all below knee level
The fact Maserati is now launching a GranCabrio MC perhaps underlines its real intentions with the car. Put it this way: you can't imagine a 991 GT3 without a roof, can you?
Maserati says the car is 'inspired and encouraged by the success of the GranTurismo MC Stradale', implying it wasn't originally part of the product plan. To that end, the MC cabriolet appears to have been subjected to a less thorough overhaul than the hard-top car. Maserati outlines a "highly sporty and aggressive look" for the GranCabrio MC, without detailing any mechanical additions.
Generating the appropriate amount of aggression are a front bumper and grille aping the MC Stradale, along with a new rear spoiler and exhaust arrangement. The wheels also appear similar to the flow-formed alloys that saved 5kg on the GranTurismo MC Stradale.
Get me to a boulevard, now
The MC is expected to be based on the GranCabrio Sport and so will feature that car's 450hp, 4.7-litre V8. With no apparent weight loss over that 1980kg car, expect the GranCabrio MC to match that car's 5.2 second 0-60mph time and 177mph top speed.
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one of the best looking convertibles i have ever seen!
fwaggie25 Sep 2012
This, and - 2 seats - 500+Kg - 18" body length
They do make lovely cars, but 4 seater convertibles are Hitler taxis, just look stupid.
sjc25 Sep 2012
So it's a sheep in wolfs clothing?
No, it's a nice looking,great sounding,car that doesn't need to play Top Trumps.However if it did,it's quite likely "one" of the fastest FULL four seater cabriolets in the world,if speed is that important.Having driven the coupe version 2 weeks ago on test, the memory is still there,the first car having enough of an effect for me to consider selling my M400 after 5 years.
P4ROT25 Sep 2012
So it's a sheep in wolfs clothing?
myhandle24 Sep 2012
Definitely not. As well as being jaw droppingly gorgeous to look at and listen to these are technically advanced cars.
I think that the current Aston Martin range is reasonably advanced, and I agree to the point I think you are making, which is that the Fiat group has the resources to make their brands' products (well, some of them - as a big Lancia fan what they are doing with that brand is atrocious, but I digress) better developed than much of the competition.
I think the policy of introducing new tweaks without properly discontinuing the model it is based on is reminiscent of Aston Martin. It may not come across this way, but I am a fan of Aston Martin as well; these brands need to be managed, and new pseudo-models is not the way forward (note - Ferrari added some new variants to the F355, 360, F430 and 599 ranges while in production, but never facelifted any of them - (and no, the 430 went way beyond a facelift of the 360, as the 355 did to the 348 - the DBS to new Vanquish might scrape through as a new car on this logic, but not for example the 550 to the 575).
Perhaps we are returning to the days of the 1950s American car market, where people would walk in wanting the "new model", regardless of whether it was better / worse / the same as the previous year, as long as it looked somewhat different. So, as a parallel, it could be argued that by launching tweaked versions of established cars, but with different names, Maserati (in this example) always has a new product out, regardless of whether it is new or not.
This is all I meant by my comparison of Aston Martin's model range and the GranCabrio MC.