Angry sounds of a 2013 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale
THIS is one of the angriest sounding cars ever made.
I present to you the 2013 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. The sound comes from the monstrous 4.7-litre, 32-valve eight-cylinder engine that sits up front behind the axle. This engine is able to produce up to 338 kW (454 hp) at 7000rpm and 520Nm of torque (384 lb-ft of torque) at 4750rpm.
Connected to the engine is an MC Race Shift six-speed automated manual transmission that sends all this power to the rear wheels. This gearbox is able to shift within 60 milliseconds when the car is in "Race" mode. I will talk about all the different driving modes later on in this article.
This particular model also has a kerb weight of 1880 kilograms.
As I was saying before, this Maserati has a few different driving modes to choose from. First up we have the 'Auto' mode, which sets the gearbox in auto mode, and has the lowest throttle response available for smooth driving in traffic.
Next we have 'Sport' mode, which puts the gearbox in manual mode to use the carbon fibre shifting paddles behind the steering wheel.
It also speeds up the gear changes and also the throttle response. Lastly we have my personal favourite, "Race" mode! This setting makes the steering sharper and heavier for greater control of the car, it sets the gearbox at the fastest shifting speed possible and also the fastest throttle response available.
Some other features that this particular GranTurismo MC is equipped with includes 20-inch, 10-spoke MC Design alloy wheels wrapped in performance tires, the carbon fibre package which adds carbon fibre on the mirrors, door handles and also on the rear wing, double-wishbone front and rear suspension, front and rear stabiliser bars, four-wheel ABS as well as traction and stability control, dusk-sensing xenon headlights,and a leather trimmed interior with bucket seats.
You can currently buy a 2013 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale for about $300,000 plus on-road costs.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com