The new 2007 Maserati GranSport MC Victory limited edition sports car celebrates Maserati’s convincing victory in the 2005 FIA GT Manufacturers Cup.
Looking like an ordinary luxury sports coupe with an appearance package thrown in for good measure, the new vehicle will probably not stun you with performance numbers (at least, its official zero to 100 kilometers per hour time of 4.7 seconds doesn’t look especially convincing), but, with a total production number limited to just 180 cars (the number elegantly matches the vehicle’s top speed when measured in miles per hour), the new grand tourer has a very high collectability score that will only rise as reckless millionaires from Silicon Valley and Mid-East oil exporting countries will ruin their cars while trying to impress their girlfriends.
According to the Italian luxury sports cars manufacturer, the new limited edition vehicle will be officially presented to the public at the upcoming motor-show in Geneva, Switzerland. Judging by the place of premiere, Maserati targets mostly European customers, although the prestigious show often attracts a great number of visitors from other continents.
Of course, the Maserati GranSport MC Victory is not the true sports car (For example, the car combines light-weight carbon dashboard and racing seats with a lot heavier leather and Alcantara upholstery covering the upper dashboard, the door panels and the steering wheel. As a result, the car weighs 500 pounds more than the gorgeous Ferrari F430 and takes almost half a second longer to reach 60 mph from standstill), but the Italian company certainly did its best to make the MC Victory’s link to the famous MC12 supercar as strong as possible.
The first of all, the car will feature front and rear spoilers made of blue carbon-fiber (to make the lightweight material even lighter, Maserati decided not to paint it, but to include a blue weave of thread, hence the unique color) and its front splitter as well as significantly extended side skirts have been designed in such a manner as to provide even more negative lift at high speeds.
Two Italian flags embedded into Maserati’s side panels also come directly from the MC12.
The car is rolling on a set of sexy 19-inch Grigio Mercury wheel rims that provide just enough breathing space for the cross-drilled ventilating discs (330 mm x 32 mm front and 310 mm x 28 mm rear) with alloy four piston calipers (46-38 mm front and 34-30 mm rear) with ceramic insulating seals.
While the GT1-winning supercars were equipped with screaming 6.0-liter V12 engines churning out 620 hp of power, the civilian version of the car comes powered by a not so impressive 4.2-liter V8 producing 400bhp @ 7000rpm and 451 Nm (333lb-ft) of torque available at 4500rpm.
Mated to a six-speed electro-hydraulic gearbox, the engine takes only 4.9 seconds to accelerate the car from zero to 100km/h and gives it a top speed of 290km/h.
Well, it’s definitely not a supercar performance -for instance, the 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 has 0-100km/h time of only 3.7 seconds and the top of 325km/h, while the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti features 4.2 seconds and 320km/h respectively- but the car’s production run will be limited to only 180 units and the price of $108,760 is quite affordable for its target auditory.
2007 Maserati GranSport MC Victory limited edition specifications:
Price Range (estimated MSRP): less than $108,760
Body Type: 2-door coupe
Layout: front engine, RWD
Engine: 400 bhp @ 7000 rpm, 333 lb ft (451 Nm) @ 4500 rpm of torque, 4.2-liter, V8
Transmission: 6-Speed Cambiocorsa
Top Speed: 180 mph
0 – 62 mph: 4.7 seconds
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/WB): 178.0 / 71.7 / 50.7 / 104.7 in
Ground clearance: N/A
Track (frt/rr): 60.0 / 60.5 in
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 39.4
Curb Weight: 3696 lbs
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): 0.3
Seating Capacity: 2+2 (2/2)
Cargo Volume (seats folded): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: Aston Martin DB9, Bentley Continental GTC, Jaguar XK Series, BMW M6