The Maserati GranCabrio MC Stradale

  1. Jeremy
  2. September 4, 2013 11:23 am

The Maserati GranCabrio MC Stradale

Designed to complete Maserati’s open-top range, the new Maserati GranCabrio MC blends high performance and sports characteristics derived from racing experience with the style, charm and practicality of Maserati’s four-seater convertible.

Inspired and encouraged by the considerable success of the GranTurismo MC Stradale, which, due to a masterly translation and adaptation of racing characteristics for use on the road, was extremely well received in the market, the new GranCabrio MC completes the open-top range with a highly sporty and aggressive look, while maintaining the strengths and characteristics of a true grand tourer.

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The new, sporty look can be seen in each styling element of the GranCabrio MC’s exterior bodywork. Inspired directly by the cars of the Maserati Trofeo MC World Series and the GT4 version, the new design is a perfect blend of sportiness, dynamism, aerodynamic perfection, elegance and style. These elements already partly exist in the GranTurismo MC Stradale and the GranTurismo Sport, and unite form and function.
The car, 48 millimetres longer than the GranCabrio and GranCabrio Sport, is characterised by a front end which is inspired directly by the MC Stradale, adopting a profile designed to optimise the aerodynamic lift and flow. The bonnet incorporates two air outlets at the centre to optimise cooling of the powerful V8 engine, and two more air outlets to cool down the brake discs have also been added to the two front wings.
Initially introduced on the GranTurismo Sport, the new headlights which adopt LEDs for the daytime running light (DRL) function, complete the new look of the GranCabrio MC. Though they maintain the external shape seen on the other three versions in the GranCabrio range, the new headlights adopt the most modern technology, perfectly enhanced with an extremely sporty look thanks to the matt black colour of the structure. The bi-xenon unit inside the headlight also incorporates Adaptive Light Control, which follows steering movement by up to 15 degrees. The rear is characterised by a large spoiler, for greater negative lift at high speeds. The standard version comes in the same colour as the body and it is also available, within the various car customisation packages, with a carbon finish.
The bumper has been completely redesigned at the bottom to make the new model even sportier and at the same time ensure optimal aerodynamic efficiency. The circular exhausts have been moved to the centre of the bumper and the specific layout of the air ducts, built into the lower part of the bumper, ensure greater streamlining, stabilising the air flow from the underbody. The dynamism of the GranCabrio MC is accentuated by the 20″ MC Design rims, available in glossy Titanio or matt Grafite, and made using flow-forming technology. In addition to being lighter, they feature the traditional Trident, skilfully worked into the double-spokes.

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The interior of the GranCabrio MC has received a thorough overhaul with particular attention paid to ergonomics.
The new seats, completely redesigned from both an aesthetic and functional point of view and enhanced with high-quality materials, now ensure the optimum balance of comfort and performance, elegance and functionality. Particularly important, especially with convertible cars, is the level of attention paid to the rear passengers. For this reason, the frame for the front seats, also available in a complete carbon-fibre version, has been completely redesigned to ensure 20 mm more legroom for rear passengers. Much attention has been paid to the ergonomic and comfort-related aspects of driving. The seats, with an increased profile to enhance their wrap-around structure and lateral containment, ensure sporty driving while guaranteeing superior comfort, even on very long journeys. The steering wheel features a new design, with the rim flattened at the top and bottom for greater manoeuvrability, also for sports and high-speed use, without interfering with the driver’s legs. The rear seats have been redesigned according to the same logic: maximum comfort, maximum passenger restraint in sports driving and ample use of quality materials.
To complete the new, super-sporty look of the new GranCabrio MC, it incorporates the Trofeo-design steering wheel paddles as standard, with increased dimensions as seen on the GranTurismo Sport, and an aluminium pedal unit.

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As with the most sporty GranTurismo in the range (the GranTurismo Sport), the GranCabrio MC also adopts the new 4.7-litre V8 engine, which delivers 338 kW (460 HP) together with substantial torque of 520 Nm at 4,750 rpm.
The pistons, positioned at an angle of 90°, are made of reinforced, hardened aluminium, as is the engine block. The crankshaft, with five-point balancing, is made of high-strength steel. The timing system, with a system of two chains per bank, features dual variable valve timing. The new power unit, in combination with the MC Auto Shift transmission, is now able to propel the GranCabrio MC, in closed soft top configuration, to a top speed of 289 km/h with acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.

Like other sports models in the Maserati range, the GranCabrio MC also utilises an automatic six-speed ZF transmission able to transfer all the power of the 460 HP V8 engine to the ground. This MC Auto Shift transmission features five operating modes: It can be used in Auto-Normal, Auto-Sport, Manual-Normal, Manual-Sport and Ice modes. In Manual mode, gear changes are carried out directly by the driver through the steering wheel paddles, as with a truly manual gearbox. In Manual-Normal mode, the driver can change gear until the threshold value is reached, while in Manual-Sport mode the gear is maintained until the driver next changes gear, even if this may result in over-revving and the intervention of the limiter.

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Performance, safety and comfort were the guidelines that Maserati engineers followed when designing the chassis for the new GranCabrio MC. In light of the experience gained with the GranTurismo MC Stradale, it is fitted with single-rate dampers, to give maximum emphasis to the car’s sporty character, which guarantee greater rigidity in order to ensure optimum road holding in all driving conditions, without detracting from maximum passenger comfort.
Braking, always powerful and safe, is guaranteed by Maserati’s patented Dual Cast system, which includes brake discs with aluminium bell and steel braking surfaces. This system guarantees the best pedal feeling and braking efficiency, which translates to an excellent stopping distance of 100 to 0 km/h over just 35 metres.

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Every Maserati is a true work of art, its perfection expressing the Marque’s proud heritage and its current prestige and distinction. Throughout its long and glorious existence, Maserati has always been synonymous with power, passion, sophistication and refinement. The introduction of the GranCabrio MC greatly contributes to achieving the Maserati Mission which is to deliver the unique Maserati motoring experience to the world’s most discerning drivers.

 

For more information, Visit the Maserati website, Facebook page & Twitter page.

Alternately, email info@maserati.co.za or visit one of the Viglietti Motors (PTY) LTD showrooms:

Cape Town:  78 Roeland Street 8001 / (+27) 21 464-3560

Johannesburg: 80 Hobart Street Bryanston 2191 / (+27) 11 706-6900

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