It seems four-seater coupés are the in thing, particularly among the premium brands. The latest example of the breed, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, takes its inspiration from Maserati Trofeo one-make championship racers. And just to show it means business, this four-door version weighs almost the same as the now discontinued two-door coupé it’s based on. Among its more overt race-oriented features is a carbon fibre bonnet framing a central air intake. The bonnet contains an air inlet vent and two hot air extraction vents; besides reducing weight it is said to increase downforce at 140 km/h by 25 per cent.
On the inside, though, it has luxurious seating for four – plus suitable bracing, given the performance potential inherent in the 343 kW 4,7-litre V8 first used on the Gran-Turismo Sport. Top speed is quoted as 303 km/h; tech highlights include a Race Shift 6-speed electro-actuated gearbox, and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes.