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2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC to sticker at $143,400 when sales start in August

Tue, 26 Jul 2011

Pushing 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, the newest member of the Maserati lineup is now the brand's fastest production vehicle in North America.

The 2012 GranTurismo MC gets a base price of $143,400--which includes $1,800 in shipping charges and a $1,700 gas-guzzler tax. For full wind-in-your-hair accelerative exposure, the convertible-sport variant starts at $146,300, including the shipping and gas-guzzler charges.

The limited-production MC is the brainchild of the Maserati Corse racing team, crafted for those craving a more powerful four-seater for everyday driving. The 2012 MC offers handling and aerodynamics on par with the Stradale on sale in Europe.

The MC gets a 4.7-liter V8 that punches 444 hp and kicks out 376 lb-ft of torque. A shift-controlled ZF six-speed automatic matches revs upon downshifting and has a top speed of 185 mph.

The combination of friction reduction on engine parts and a lighter exhaust system contribute to a 6 percent improvement in fuel economy. The MC has a shortened exhaust path with two large-diameter outlets, similar to the Trofeo race car and European Stradale.

The MC comes with an Aerodynamic Racing package that increases downforce up to 50 percent at high speeds without creating more drag.

The 2012 GranTurismo MC is expected to go on sale in late August.

By Michelle Koueiter