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
It's an epic view, and the road matches it. In-between taking great gulps of its wonderfulness, you wonder how such a highway got there, and how come you've been left alone with its delights. Well, Napoleon wanted a secret route back from the coast to Grenoble on his way back from exile on Elba, so he took a lonely track over the hills to avoid the Rhone valley. In 1936, the French government built a high-quality Route Nationale along the same path, but nowadays they want you to take the autoroutes so it's been declassified. On old maps, it's the N85, but today it's the D6085 and D4085. Good: this makes it less conspicuous to everyone else's maps and satnavs. It begins with that series of uphill sweeps punctuated by hairpins as it zigzags to the sky, then steams like a theme-park ride through waves of jagged valleys and cols till you're fair intoxicated on the rhythm of it all.