Maserati has unveiled the new MC20, with this supercar Maserati enters the new Era that combines performance, sportiness, and luxury in the unique Maserati style. As is the case with all supercars, let us jump right into the numbers.
Powered by a new twin-turbocharged, twin-combustion 3.0-liter V6, the Maserati produces a whopping 621 horsepower and 729 newton-meters, all of it routed through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. That means it can sprint to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 323 kph.
The MC20 is an extremely lightweight car under 1,500 kg (kerb weight), and thanks to its power output of 630 hp it comes out best in class in weight/power ratio, at just 2.33 kg/hp. 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.
Four traditional modes – Wet, GT, Sport, and Corsa – are available via the drive mode selector, with a fifth “ESC Off” option that disables traction control completely. Each mode adjusts things like steering feel and throttle sensitivity, as well as the adaptive suspension. The double-wishbone setup with active shock absorbers raises and lowers the car depending on the drive mode.
The MC20 design was produced in about 24 months, with the involvement from the outset, in an innovative approach, of a team of Maserati Innovation Lab engineers, technical specialists from the Maserati Engine Lab, and designers from the Maserati Style Centre.
The guiding theme of the 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 aerodynamics were designed through over two thousand man-hours in the Dallara Wind Tunnel and more than a thousand CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations. 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 MC20 is designed to enable coupé and convertible versions and for full-electric power. 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.
Once inside the cabin you see 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 (MTC Plus MIA). Simplicity is also the keynote of the carbon fiber-clad central console, with just a few features: the wireless smartphone charger, the driving mode selector, two-speed selection buttons, the power window controls, the Multimedia System controls, and a handy 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 MC20 will be connected at all times with the Maserati Connect program. 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. Both visually and conceptually, there are strong references to the MC12, the car that marked Maserati’s racing comeback in 2004.
For the launch, Maserati has also developed six new colors to characterize MC20: Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma, and Grigio Mistero. Each of them 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.
The production launch is scheduled for the end of the current year and prices start at $210,000 in the US.