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2014-06-04 14:18

MASERATI STUNNERS FOR SA: Maserati will launch its GranTurismo MC Stradale and GranCabrio MC Centennial Editions in South Africa later in 2014. Image: Maserati

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - Maserati has announced an allocation of its GranTurismo MC Stradale and GranCabrio MC Centennial Editions for South Africa.

Distributor Viglietta told Wheels24 the Centennial Editions celebrate the automaker's first 100 years  and its sporting spirit. The special edition was unveiled at the 2014 New York auto show and will arrive in South Africa in third quarter of 2014.

Verene Petersen, Maserati South Africa's marketing manager, said: "We expect more demand than we can fulfil for this special edition but customers who receive the car can be certain they will have a truly exclusive Maserati."

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Both models sport new three-layer colour schemes in addition to the four already available for the MC Stradale. There's a variety of alloys with four finishes for the MC and Trophy designs. The medal-shaped centenary logo will be available in two finishes (matte and charcoal grey) depending on wheel design and colour, displayed on the wheel caps.

The Centennial Special Edition comes with a wide range of interiors, too. Each of the seven exterior finishes is combined with a specific interior finish. The leather upholstered seats have a contrasting decorative insert based on the three colours (red, white and blue) of the seat profiles.

This motif extends to the head restraints and surrounds the embroidered Maserati trident logo.

The sporting appearance of the interior, Maserati says, has been enhanced with carbon-fibre inserts on the facia, seat surrounds and a kick plate on which the celebratory centenary logo takes pride of place. The same interior colour scheme is also available for the Pietra grey exterior finish.

The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale Centennial Special Edition is powered by a a 343kW 4.7 V8, first used in the GranTurismo Sport, mated to a six-speed MC Race Shift gearbox "that guarantees superb performance and a top speed of 303km/h".

Stopping power comes from Brembo carbon-ceramic brake discs.

Maserati South Africa can not yet confirm when exactly the models will arrive here or what the prices are as yet. The automaker said: "The number of units available to the SA market is not limited at this stage - this a special, not limited edition. Allocations are on a first come, first served basis."

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