The Maserati MC20 Sports Car Is A Worthy Successor To The MC12
Introducing the all-new Maserati MC20, the new super sports car that combines performance, sportiness and luxury in the unique Maserati style. The MC20 made its world debut in Modena the other day during their “MMXX: Time to be audacious” event, though photos of the MC20 managed to leak beforehand, stealing some of their thunder.
The new MC20 (MC for Maserati Corse and 20 for 2020) is the Maserati everyone was waiting for. It’s a car with incredible aerodynamic efficiency, which conceals a sporty soul, with a new Nettuno engine, a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 621 horsepower and 538 lb-ft torque, rocketing the car from 0 to 62 miles per hour in under 2.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 202 mph.
The MC20 is an extremely lightweight car, tipping the scales at 3,306 pounds, giving it a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 5.1 pounds per horsepower. This record is achieved through the use of choice quality materials, exploiting all the potentials of carbon fiber without any sacrifices with regard to comfort.
Nettuno, the first engine in this new chapter of the Trident’s history, is the MC20’s twin turbo V6, a technologic gem already awarded an international patent, which puts the MTC (Maserati Twin Combustion) technology, the ground-breaking combustion system developed in-house, onto the world’s roads.
Overall, this revolutionary project has resulted in a car that epitomises Italian excellence. In fact, MC20 was designed in Modena and will be built at the Viale Ciro Menotti plant, where the Trident’s models have been built for more than 80 years. The new production line, created in the spaces where the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models were assembled until November 2019, is now ready for action in the historic plant. The site also features a new paintshop incorporating innovative, environment-friendly technologies. Nettuno will also be built in Modena, at the newly established Maserati Engine Lab.
The guiding theme of the Maserati MC20’s design was the brand’s historic identity, with all the elegance, performance and comfort integral to its genetic make-up. The focus on performance led to the conception of a car with a distinct personality, with unmistakable forms that render it unique. The butterfly doors are not only stunningly beautiful but also functional, as they improve the car’s ergonomics and enable optimal access to and from the cabin.
The aerodynamics were designed through over 2,000 man-hours in the Dallara Wind Tunnel and more than a 1000 Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations, which enabled the creation of a genuine work of art. The resulting car has a sleek line, with no mobile appendages but just a discreet rear spoiler that improves downforce without detracting from the MC20’s beauty. The CX is more under 0.38. The MC20 is designed to enable coupe and convertible versions and for full electric power.
Inside the cabin, the driver is always central, with nothing distracting them from the sporting driving experience. Every component is purposeful and completely driver-oriented. Simple forms, very few sharp edges and minimal distractions. Two 10 inch screens: one for the cockpit and the other for the Maserati Touch Control Plus. Simplicity is also the keynote of the carbon fiber-clad central console, with just a few features: wireless smartphone charger, driving mode selector (GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa and ESC Off), two speed selection buttons, power window controls, Multimedia System controls, and a storage compartment underneath the armrest. All the other controls are on the steering wheel, with the ignition button on the left and the launch control on the right.
The new Maserati MC20 will be connected at all times with the Maserati Connect program and the full range of services includes connected navigation, Alexa and Wifi Hotspot and can also be managed through the Maserati Connect smartphone or smartwatch App.
For the launch, Maserati is offering the MC20 in six new colors: Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma and Grigio Mistero. Each of these colors has been conceived, designed and developed exclusively for this car and they all convey important themes: a strong reference to Made in Italy, to Italian identity and to the land, as well as one linked to Maserati tradition.
Both visually and conceptually, there are strong references to the MC12, the car that marked Maserati’s racing comeback in 2004. In the same way as its predecessor, the Maserati MC20, with its explicitly racing soul clear from its name alone, announces the intention to return to the world of racing.
The Maserati MC20 has a starting price of $210,000 and orders are being accepted now, with the super sports car expected to hit the market next year.
What do you think of the Maserati MC20?
November 25, 2020 at 2:49 am
Not gonna lie, I’m digging the design of this Maserati. Okay, MC20, you’ve got my attention.