When a car maker with Maserati’s pedigree racks up a century it’s time to celebrate. Maserati is breaking out the Prosecco for the Centennial Edition of its two performance flagships, the GranTurismo and GranCabrio MC Stradale. To ensure exclusivity, production is restricted to this calendar year. A future classic? Perhaps, but this is not a car for putting into storage. It belongs on the open road – or even at a track day or two.
When you’re choosing an exotic, high-performance convertible, the view in is almost as important as the view out. Rest assured that onlookers are in for a treat – the GranCabrio MC Stradale is truly gorgeous, with sensuous contours and classic sports car proportions of long bonnet and muscular rear haunches.
The specification for the Centennial Edition adds more eye-candy, starting with three exclusive triple-coat paint finishes, Rosso Magma, Blue Inchiostro and Grigio Pietra, which are offered along with four finishes from the existing colour range.
For the interior, owners can choose from a carefully-devised matrix of interiors in soft Poltrona Frau leather. The Centennial Edition’s unique seat stripes match the body colour, while stitching is selected to harmonise. Even the high-performance Brembo brake callipers are matched to the chosen paint finish.
Other specification highlights include Centennial wheel centre caps and door sills as well as carbon fibre headrest mouldings, door handles, side mirrors and lip spoiler.
Technology for the Centennial edition is unchanged from the MC Stradale. That means a Maserati Corse 460 CV 4.7 litre V8 engine, mounted beneath a lightweight carbon-fibre bonnet which is claimed to improve downforce at high speed. The MC Stradale specification also offers a soul-stirring V8 snarl thanks to the exhaust by-pass valves, which are open in Race mode. Lower, stiffer suspension and single-rate springs strike a good balance between track capability and suppleness and the carbon ceramic rotor brakes provide powerful, fade-free braking capability.
Thanks to the six-speed MC Auto Shift you can drive the GranCabrio MC Stradale the way you want, either wafting along in Auto, upping the pace in Sport or going for a lap time in Race. It even blips the throttle to synchronise your downshifts. As the specification implies, this convertible is a serious high-performance sports car. After all, famous Maserati drivers of the past include Fangio and Nuvolari – and their Maseratis always featured an open cockpit.