Speed Week: Forza Italia
Twenty cylinders, £405,000 and 1,145bhp all wrapped up in two beautiful packages
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
10.40am Maranello, and though Rowan and I have shed a combined four stone of body mass, things are looking rather brighter. Having located a Jason, decanted our gear into the Maserati and deroofed the Aventador, we can now survey our 20 cylinders, £405,000 and 1,145bhp of prime-cut Italian metal. Beside the extravagant, caricatured Lambo, the GranTurismo MC Stradale - the fastest, most track-focused Maserati on sale - looks pure evil, all stealth black and carbon fibre. The weave is for more than show, though: the Stradale, thanks to lightweight bucket seats, carbon-ceramic brakes and a dearth of sound insulation, weighs some 110kg less than the standard GranTurismo. With its atmospheric V8 now pumping out 454bhp, it should stand at least a fighting chance of clinging onto the Lambo's angular coat-tails. Let's find out...