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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept Revealed

MONZA, Italy — Maserati introduced the GranTurismo MC Concept, expected to be its next Trofeo Maserati racing car, on the track here this week. It was developed by the Maserati Style Centre as a racing version of the GranTurismo S that was introduced at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show in March. The automaker says it has improved the car's aerodynamics and performance while ensuring the changes were "without detriment to its elegant, curvaceous line."

Weight has been cut and the engine mapping and intake and exhaust systems have all been changed to increase performance. The 4.7-liter V8 engine now makes 450 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. In front, there's a new splitter and two large air intakes added to the grille, plus a new hood with a dynamic air inlet and two additional air vents. More air vents are added to the side, linked to new "miniskirts" under the doors. The fenders and trunk spoiler have both been changed.

Upgraded brakes, a lightened and stiffened chassis and changed suspension settings all add to the racing capability of the concept. It also gets an FIA-approved integral roll cage, and a new set of 18-inch front and rear wheels with racing slicks.

The GranTurismo MC Concept was tested over the summer by driver Andrea Bertolini of the Vodafone FIA GT team and will be made available for sale to individuals who want to race in GT3 or GT4 classes.

What this means to you: Maserati puts a gleam in the eye of the weekend racer. — Laura Sky Brown, Correspondent