Maserati announces 2012 GranTurismo MC for North America

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The Maserati GranTurismo is the prototypical grand touring car. In fact, the name GranTurismo actually means grand touring in Italian. All of the right ingredients are there: a V8 engine, 2+2-seating configuration, and eye-catching styling. It's true that other, less expensive cars like the Ford Mustang and Nissan GT-R provide similar layouts with similar, if not better numerical results. However, it's the rarity, prestige and Italian temperament of the GranTurismo that add up to make one compelling prospect.

Since its 2007 introduction there have been several different versions of the GranTurismo. Now, Maserati North America has announced the latest GranTurismo incarnate, the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC.

The GranTurismo MC is a limited production model that draws lineage from the GranTurismo MC Stradale, a car that was only available in Europe. Furthermore, improvements in power, handling, and aerodynamics are all gained from the Stradale. However, where the MC Stradale made due with just two seats, the North American MC retains the more practical four-seat configuration of the standard GranTurismo.

Power is supplied by a 4.7-litre V8 engine that develops 444-horsepower at 7,000 rpm. Maximum torque is a claimed 376 pound-feet at 4,750 rpm. A 6-speed, shift-controlled automatic transmission is available as standard equipment, and can hold a gear to redline as well as match revs during downshifting. Additionally, a top speed of 185 mph (297.728 km/h) and a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint time of just 4.8 seconds make the GranTurismo MC the fastest production Maserati available in North America.

A lighter dual exhaust system is also featured on the GranTurismo MC and boasts a bypass valve that "unlocks and intensifies the engine note, exiting through the center of the rear bumper." A race-bred aerodynamic package increases the GranTurismo MC's downforce by as much as 50-percent during high-speed driving, and a single-rate suspension system helps to control suspension damping while improving lateral grip.

The limited production 2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC will be available in Canada with a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $147,500. That's roughly $30,000 more than the standard spec GranTurismo. For those fortunate Canadian consumers who can afford to spend that kind of money on a car and prefer a GranTurismo that's louder, faster and more exclusive, the 2012 GranTurismo MC is again one compelling prospect.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Maserati, 2012, GranTurismo MC Stradale, $99,999+,

Geographic location: North America

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