Maserati unveils GranTurismo MC Corse Concept

In a bit of a surprise move, Maserati has unveiled a new concept, dubbed the GranTurismo MC Corse Concept. Maserati has a long history in motorsports, and the MC Corse concept is design to keep that heritage moving forward. As the names suggests, the concept is based on the GranTurismo S.

However, the base GranTurismo S has been beefed up for track duty in the GranTurismo MC Corse. Underhood the MC Corse has been given a revised intake system, which combined with the racecar's lower-restriction exhaust system nets an output of 450 horsepower - a 20 hp bump over the GranTurismo S' 430.

Road handling has also been improved over its road-going counterpart, with plenty of new aero bits - including a new front splitter, side skirts and rear deck spoiler. Wheels have also been upgraded to racing-spec 18x12 inchers up front and 18x13s out back, wrapped in racing-appropriate slicks.

Racing-spec brakes and a roll cage round out the MC Corse package.

Maserati has hinted that a new model will bow at the Paris Motor Show next week, but it remains unclear if the GranTurismo MC Corse Concept is the new model the Italian firm plans to show off. Maserati reportedly has two convertibles in the works, so it remains possible that the Italian automaker is keep at least one of those show stoppers in its back pocket. Whatever the case, we will be on hand next week to bring you whatever Maserati puts on its stage at the Paris show.