Improved aerodynamics, weight reduction and more power make for this track-oriented Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. Powering the MC Stradale is a 450 PS (330 kW) 4.7 liter V8 with 510 Nm of torque.

Maserati promises that the GranTurismo MC Stradale will be the "fastest, lightest and most powerful car in the Maserati range."

Details on the model have been released upon its Paris debut and the MC Stradale features more than a few touches that make this a true dedicated racer compared to the GranTurismo's Auto and Sport variants.

Inspiration for the MC Stradale came from the Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the GT4 race models. Aerodynamic improvements meant to increase downforce and improve airflow include a new front splitter, bonnet, front and rear bumpers, front guard panels, sills and exhausts. A roll cage and a four-point racing harness are optional.

Powering the MC Stradale is a 450 PS (330 kW) 4.7 liter V8 with 510 Nm of torque. That's 10 PS and 20 Nm improvement over the Gran Turismo S.

The 1770 kg (3902 lbs) curb weight also represents a substantial reduction of 110 kg (243 lbs) over the GranTurismo S which the MC Stradale partly achieves with the removal of the rear seats, making this the first two-seater Maserati since the MC12. Weight-trimming also comes from the carbon-fiber race seats.

With a well-balanced 48:52 weight distribution ratio the MC Stradale has the track stability to reach speeds of over 300 km/h (186 mph) while still maintaining the ride comfort of the GranTurismo S. Performance additions also include a special suspension set-up, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and custom Pirelli tires.

The Maseratti GranTurismo MC Stradale goes on sale in February of 2011 in most major markets except Canada, Korea and the United States.