Why you should pick this Maserati over a FerrariMaserati has been making cars for over a century, yet you don't see that many about. With myriad choices, Italian or otherwise, why would you go for a Maser over anything else? With the aid of the delightfully noisy GranTurismo MC Stradale, XCAR found...
[MUSIC] There are loads of fast cars out there. A myriad of SUVs, saloons, GTs, super cars, you name it. And they're each perfect for their intended audience. But when it came to the likes of Maserati's, I was always left a little bit blank. Why should you go for Maser over say, a Ferrari or a Lambo? The GranTurismo may be a little on the older side. Now, it was introduced in 2007 after all but, it manages to look fresh. You can't not think that it's a stunning car to look at. Its line just. Work. Now its fresh look may be because you don't see them all that often but still. It's a thing of beauty. You also notice that the trident is a theme that recurs around the car. It's dotted all over the place and even features in the wheels. [MUSIC] The interior is a pretty decent place to be. Yeah, it's a, a bit dated. And that might be being a bit kind. But I think it will, overall, age quite well. Providing you a timeless bubble to enjoy your journeys in. And enjoy your journeys, you will. Especially in this one. Because the M- . TNC Stradale isn't a softly softly GT. Oh no, this is one of the mad ones. [MUSIC] It's packing a 4.7 liter V8 with 454 brake horsepower and 384 pound foot. Nought to 62 takes four and a half seconds and top speed is just shy of [UNKNOWN]. A hundred and ninety miles an hour. But it's not just big power the delivers those numbers. There's also lots of air-room trickery going on, so the side skirts, the spoiler at the back, the splits at, the front, and its carbon fiber body. There's three vents in there. One feeds cold air into the engine and the other two relieve pressure and get. Get rid of excess seats, and that has the lovely side effect of not only reducing drag, but also the way it's sculpted means it has down force for when you're really tonking it. The MC Stradale is 110 kilos lighter than the standard Gran Turismo as well. Its all very race inspired, especially the exhaust at the back. They really. They remind me a lot of the ones you find on the Maserati Trasero race cars. In theory then, this is kind of like Maserati's take on a GT3, but not quite. Let me explain. The original MC Stradale had no rear seats. It was more pared back, more race bred, if you will. But now they've popped those back in. Really quite a comfortable car. When it's in its normal auto-mode you can just cruise up and down the motorway. The V8 isn't too intrusive, if you wanna give it a tickle it will get very noisy. Then there's sport-mode which is sporty. But race is where's at because everything just gets better. Better. The steering gets heavier, and the exhaust is just out of this world. We're in sport now, but if I switch it to race, drops the cork, and you get a little bit more noise. Oh, it sounds proper. The car does have an Achilles heel in the form its six speed automatic gearbox. It's a robotized manual. What that means is there's a normal gearbox in there and a robot is doing the bit you would be doing. That's very late under that. How will I get my head round it, so if you flip the paddle or if the car decides to change up the gear while you're driving along, the whole thing lurches forward it's not pleasant at all, it does feel it's age remember this is technically a seven year old car. Ferrari's do a clutch gear box, Porsche's do a clutch gear box, Audi's, BMW's. They all show just how dated this really is. However, there is a workaround for it. If you want to change up, do it on the pedal. So when you do flip up, flip and then lift off the throttle and then get back on it, as you would a normal gearbox, and then you'll be okay. But still, they're a 110,000 pound car. That's quite a concession to have to make. The acceleration you get, admittedly in the lower modes, is quite muted. But in race, it is savage. It is truly savage. It just fires you off into the distance. Or, if you have a day like today, when it's a bit greasy and a bit slippery, it will want its bottom to go exploring elsewhere. It's something you have to be very smooth with, as with any car like this, big power up front. Wheels driven at the back. So, yeah, if the weather's a bit of this, maybe keep it out of race, no matter how good the noise sounds. Negatives aside, it's a really, really lovely car. The noise just, it's beautiful. It's the kind of noise that you end up thinking about for days and days after, just how. And how smooth it is. It'll really, really leave its mark on you. And the fact you can drive it, admittedly in auto-mode, you can drive it and you won't be uncomfortable. The suspension won't jar you. It's a proper GT. [NOISE]. All that said want to know who would buy one now. Look at the alternatives, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin, McLaren. Even Audi, Mercedes, BMW and Jag, to an extent. They're all very, very good at what they do. So Maserati has to offer something different, it has to offer something special. And I really don't think that's a problem. [MUSIC] 2014 saw Maserati's centenary. Its past has seen racing cars take world championships in the hands of legends. A wonderful collaboration with Citroën in the form of the SM and some genuinely. Beautiful cars. The 3200 GT, the Birdcage, the MC12 and the Bora to name a few. The company was founded in 1914 in Bologna, Italy by the Maserati brothers and they made racing cars. Very, very good ones, as it happens. They won championships and things like the Tagafloria. And all the time the Maserati trident logo stood proud on their car, the logo got it's inspiration from the phantom Neptune in the [UNKNOWN] [UNKNOWN] in the [UNKNOWN]. Not only is it a symbol of strength and all that malarkey but it's also a really nice knot in the company's heritage. [UNKNOWN] In the late 30s, the Maserati boys sold off to the Orsis when the company moved from its original home in Bologna to Modena where he still lives today. Maserati has been owned by handful of people. The Orsis, Citroën, De Tomaso, Fiat, and Ferrari. Now it appears to be en route home. The lineup is strong with the Quattroporte, the Ghibli, GranTurismo, GranCabrio, all holding the fort for now. But soon there'll be an SUV and the Alfieri, named after one of the founding brothers. A sports car with a 911 F-Type and Merc-AMG GT in its sights. So that's what a Maserati today is. It's luxurious, it's powerful, it's elegant, it's. Really quick, quick and it makes a hell of a noise. And it's pretty damn good fun to drive. So why should you go for this over all the others? Well, that's easy, because it isn't a Ferrari, an Aston, a McLaren, a Porsche, a Lamborghini or any of the others. Maserati's are undeniably more rare than the rest of the pack. And that means the people who do choose them they want to stand out but not be obnoxious about it. They want the power, the luxury, the elegance, the speed and the style but they don't wanna look like the rest of the Italian supercar-owning masses. They want something they can call their own and. You can't blame them for that, especially when it's one of these. [MUSIC]