During a recent test drive of the new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 in Bolocco, Italy at the company’s proving grounds and test track we had a chance to put in some work behind the wheel of the 2014 European Spec GranTurismo MC Stradale. In North America the coupe will be referred to as the GranTurismo MC with 454 SAE horsepower and 383 lb.-ft of torque.
Featuring a carbon fiber hood with an embedded nostril for air intake; carbon fiber mirrors; a carbon fiber steering wheel; Brembo carbon ceramic brakes; forged 20″ alloy rims; a 4.7-liter V8; and an exhaust system that roars like grizzlies fresh from hibernation, the GranTurismo MC Stradale felt like a daydream on the narrow, swivel roads of Italy. Instilled with DNA structure and technologies akin to the race version which competes in the Maserati Trofeo Championship, the 4-seater Italian coupe was pleasantly balanced and dramatically savvy with its MC Race Shift 6-speed electro actuated gearbox (North America receives a ZF 6 speed MC Shift Spec). Both feature a “Sport” button and race mode for enthusiastic driving. Large swan wings in the form of paddle shifters allowed us to control the vehicle’s shifts as needed. We wanted to push the GranTurismo up to its 185 mph top speed, but it was not possible since the track was only available for the aforementioned Quattroporte.
Not only is the MC Stradale utterly gorgeous, it is pure Italian in every sense. Though, we’re going to need Maserati to up the horses past 500 so the naming convention matches the coupe’s performance identity.