Maserati MC Stradale hits the Pyrenees
The GranTurismo MC Stradale is the ultimate road/race Maserati. Time to find the ultimate road to race it on
Posted: 29 Mar 2011
Up the Po plain, the only sensible option is to hightail it on the autostrada. It turns out the Stradale can cruise. The steering's high-geared but precise enough never to be twitchy, and the ride's supple enough to take motorway cross-ridges in its stride. Looping north of Piacenza and south of Alessandria, I and it are becoming an item.
Time to put some load into the tyres and dampers as the autostrada carves up and over the Ligurian hills, then down through the twisty tunnels alongside the Gulf of Genoa. And it's fine - the steering precise and the body motions controlled, even as the fast turns coincide with rumpled tracts of roadway. At big speed, the aero presses it into its path with new resolve. And the tunnels? Windows down, exhaust back to the naughty position, drop three gears. The walls are probably still reverberating the harmonics as you read this.