The bark of the exhaust note, the chiseled aerodynamic looks and the massive wheels and brakes are signs that the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC is serious about delivering spirited performance to go with its sexy Italian design.
The GranTurismo MC is different from its European counterpart, the MC Stradale, in that it retains a her 4-seat cabin. Yet beneath the skin, the cars share the same mechanicals, the 4.7-liter V-8 from the sport models with a slight bump in horsepower to 444 bhp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque. The 6-speed ZF transmission has been reworked to provide quicker shifts and throttle blips between gearchanges and also offers a wider range of modes that includes the ability for pure manual sequential shifts.
The single rate spring suspension has also been optimized for the car, providing a taut yet responsive ride. With its engine positioned behind the center line of the front axle, the GranTurismo MC has an amazing 49/51 front/rear weight bias without having to resort to a rear-mounted transaxle.
The looks of the MC are aggressive. The front chin spoiler is recessed, giving the snout a fuselage appearance around the grille opening. A lower character line runs over the wheel arches and there are widely stepped side skirts. At the rear, the car is distinguished by its twin round exhaust tips positioned slightly inboard and there is a new rear diffuser. An integrated lip spoiler on the rear deck increases downforce by 50 percent at 125 mph while the changes to the front fascia reduce lift by 25 percent. (more)
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