Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale vs Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0

Brief highlights of the article in EVO magazine issue 160

Both cars have one make series and they are the road going interpretation of these race cars.

The Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 is the bigger brither of the Porsche 997 GT3 RS 3.8litre model so it should be faster and the engine is more powerful but how will this effect the driving experience?

The Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale was given 5 stars in a previous test by EVO issue 155 so it will be interesting to see how this rating stacks up against the 5 star rated 997 GT3 RS.

The Maserati has a race setting on the exhaust which makes it very loud and is guaranteed to grab attention

The Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale has an automatic gearbox which can change in 60 milliseconds in “Sport”

The suspension on the Maserati is a conventional non adjustable coil and damper set up. It is set up quite soft from the factory which means it dives and rolls more than you would expect but once the weight has settled there is good grip from the P Zero Corsa tyres.

The transmission on the Porsche makes quite a loud rattling sound when at idle.

The flywheel is lightweight which means the revs jump almost instantly when you blip the throttle and the clutch is also quite heavy

Both the Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4litre and Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale have half roll cages and 4 point harnesses on their options list.

Porsche has excellent steering feel as per the 3.8 GT3 RS. The weight of the steering wheel changes minutely through a corner to constantly keep you updated with how much grip is available.

The difference between the 3.8 GT3 RS and the 4.0 litre are subtle but noticeable, the 4.0 has a bit more mid range punch and a more lively top end.

Turn-in of the 4.0 litre car is slightly more responsive than the 3.8

The 4.0 GT3 RS has a 8500 rpm rev limit.

Lap Times

Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0: 1.21.0
Maserati Grn Turismo MC Stradale: 1.24.5
Porsche 3.5 seconds faster

On track opinions

The Maserati was to heavy and too soft to really attack the track, the soft suspension also meant that the weight transfer took an extended time to settle on track especially through high-speed direction changes

The Porsche is much lighter and much more responsive than the Maserati, in the Porsche you can really attack the track in the Maserati you have to take a softer approach.

Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0

Engine:
Flat 6, 4.0litre

Engine Location:
Rear Longtitudinal

CO2:
326g/km

Power:
493bhp @ 8250rpm

Torque:
339 lbs/ft @ 5750rpm

Transmission:
6 Speed, Rear Wheel Drive, Limited Slip Differential, PSM

Front Suspension:
MacPherson Struts, coil springs, PASM dampers, anti roll bar

Rear Suspension:
Five Link, coil springs, PASN dampers, anti roll bar

Brakes:
Vented and cross drilled carbon ceramic discs option, 380mm discs front, 350mm discs rear, ABS, EBD

Wheels:
9x19inches Front, 12x19inches Rear

Tyres:
245/35-ZR19, Rear 325/30-ZR19

Weight:
1360kg

Power-to-weight:
368bhp/ton

0-62mph:
3.9 seconds

Top Speed:
193mph

Basic Price:
128,466GBP

EVO Rating: 5 Stars

Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale

Engine:
V8, 4.7litre

Engine Location:
Front Longtitudinal

CO2:
337g/km

Power:
444bhp @ 7100rpm

Torque:
376 lbs/ft @ 4750rpm

Transmission:
6 Speed, Rear Wheel Drive, Limited Slip Differential, Automated Manual

Front Suspension:
Double Wishbones, coil springs, dampers, anti roll bar

Rear Suspension:
Double Wishbones, coil springs, dampers, anti roll bar

Brakes:
Vented and cross drilled carbon ceramic discs option, 380mm discs front, 360mm discs rear, ABS, EBD

Wheels:
9x19inches Front, 12x19inches Rear

Tyres:
255/35-ZR20, Rear 295/35-ZR20

Weight:
1770kg

Power-to-weight:
255bhp/ton

0-62mph:
4.6 seconds

Top Speed:
187mph

Basic Price:
110,00GBP

EVO Rating: 4.5 Stars

 


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