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
Some V8s have a frenzied racer's nature, some are softly upholstered luxury movers, some are Italian and famously operatic, some have the bubba-bubba of an American motor. And then there's this V8, which blends the lot of them in a band that should be riven with musical differences, but never is. Play the right foot, and you can bring all the various voices to the front of the mix. With the Auto button pressed, the exhausts are valved discreetly and it'll cruise quietly and ease its way through town like a model citizen. But as it gets to work, and you press the Sport or Race buttons, the exhaust bypass opens, and the big-chested mid-range opens its way to a high-rev magic that takes a cascade of Stratocaster major chords and adds a distant, qualifying-lap howl.