Every automotive writer has his or her favorite cars – rides a journalism career probably could never afford, but cars that inspire and remind the heart how a love of cars begins and smolders.
This writer confesses to a fascination with Aston Martin and a fondness for Lotus and McLaren – while the Italian heavyweights at Ferrari and Lamborghini seem a little overdone to me.
But, I love Maserati. Of all the Italian supercars, Maserati strikes me as the best possible blend of extreme performance and tasteful luxury. While some European mega-car designs can seem ripe for a height-challenged man with too much money and too small a “drivetrain,” it would take a man of some breeding and taste to slap down an ungodly pile of money for a Maserati.
The automaker just rolled out a new model to their beautiful line – the 2013 GranTurismo Convertible MC. According to a Maserati statement, the Convertible MC is designed “to complete Maserati’s open-top range…blending high performance and sports characteristics derived from racing experience with the style, charm and practicality of Maserati’s four seater convertible.” “Inspired by the success of the GranTurismo MC Stradale, the new GranTurismo Convertible MC has a sporty and aggressive look, while maintaining the characteristics of a grand tourer.”
Now that’s high-brow PR speak for what I mentioned earlier. Maserati tends to steer away from the external flashiness of its Italian supercar rivals. Their cars are just as technologically stocked as any Ferrari or Lambo, but – like Aston Martin – Maserati opts for a styling aesthetic of a smooth, but aggressive sport sedan. While avoiding jutting fins and hard angles worthy of a stealth bomber, a Maserati tapers from high sloped haunches to an aggressive, looming grill.
A passing Maserati announces affluence without insecurity and performance without obnoxiousness. There are some who think the Maserati slants older than Ferrari or Lambo – making it the Italian equivalent of a more expensive Lexus or Cadillac. But a Maserati make can out-perform those cars – and you pay for it.
As for the new MC, the car is 48 millimeters longer than the GranTurismo Convertible and GranTurismo Convertible Sport. That growling front end and pouty grill is inspired directly by the MC Stradale, “adopting a profile designed to optimize the aerodynamic lift and flow.” Those elements differ from those on other versions of the GranTurismo Convertible due to the increased car length and other aerodynamic elements at the rear end.
The 2013 GranTurismo Convertible MC adds a large spoiler to its tail end – an unusually flashy feature for a Maserati. Here’s hoping that doesn’t start any sort of trend of “flashy-ing” up the make. I’m not overly concerned as I’m sure they know what they’re doing by now. That spoiler provides greater negative lift at high speeds, obviously. That’s what a spoiler is for, but, inside it there’s a luggage compartment and a third brake light.
The 2013 GranTurismo Convertible MC will hit showrooms next year in all standard Maserati color combinations and trim packages.