Wraps off new GT4 racer

Maserati has unveiled the new GranTurismo MC GT4 race car. It is based on the GranTurismo S road car and is an offshoot of the GranTurismo MC Concept.

The new car has been designed for participation in the 2010 GT4 European Cup season and will go on sale in October ’09 for 135,000 euros (£122,000).

The GranTurismo MC is powered by a 4.7 litre V8 which pumps out 444bhp and is mated to a six-speed electro-actuated transmission with a shift time of 40 milliseconds.

There is no ABS available. Stopping power comes from 380mm discs with six callipers up front, and 326mm discs with four callipers for the rear. Most of the bodywork is carbonfibre.

The Italian manufacturer also plans to introduce a European single-make cup race series in 2010, although these cars will be a different spec to the GT4 racer.

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Maserati GranTurismo

The Maserati GranTurismo has underlying brilliance, marred by frustrating niggles. But it’s the first Maser for an age that you don’t need excuses to buy.

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