Before I can say anything, I just want to point out how truly beautiful this MC20 is. MC which stands for “Maserati Corse” and Corse means racing in Italian, and the “20” is for the 2020 production year. It has been 16 years since we last saw a true Maserati supercar which was the MC12 and they say that this new supercar is a true successor and we can see that the statement lies with the design resemblance. It is the first car in the manufacturer’s line-up to receive the “Nettuno” V6 engine built by Maserati themselves. The car was developed via the Virtual Vehicle Dynamics Development System, a driving simulator with real life driving characteristics used to fine tune the car on dynamic tests. That was followed up by traditional outdoor driving with camouflage and everything, so it should be great to drive especially when it is Maserati’s flagship model.
It sports a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine producing an incredible 630 hp (463 kW) made available at 7 500 rpm and the torque is rated at 730 Nm of torque, coming up at 3 000 – 5 500 rpm. And they said that it was 100% built by them without the help of their friends at Ferrari, that is pretty impressive. With that engine mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear-wheel drive, it manages to do 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 8.8 seconds. We believe this had to do with the weight which is only 1 500 kilograms.
The weight is on par with the standards of a typical supercar and that gives it the advantage to reach a top speed of 325 km/h. The rear-axle gets a limited slip self-locking mechanical differential, so that locks the rear wheels whenever there is a need for some traction and can vary torque to either two wheels to improve handling.
Let’s start off with the dimensions and with just a length of 4 669 mm, this makes it almost as long as the Ferrari F8 Tributo. It is 1 221 mm tall and 1 965 mm wide whilst the wheelbase is set at 2 700 mm. It is mid-engined and has managed to have two luggage compartments with one at the front having a capacity of 50 litres and the rear at 100 litres. The front end has a gapping radiator grille with the Maserati logo on the front, it has butterfly-style doors, black roof, holes on the rear windscreen, a subtle ducktail spoiler, twin-exhaust pipes with a rad diffuser and slim LED taillights.
As you look closer, you start to see several sportscars in this design like the McLaren GT, Jaguar CX-75 and the shape of the Alfa Romeo 4C. I think that is one heck of a recipe to design a car and quite frankly, it worked very well. There are several exterior colours to choose from: Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma and Grigio Mistero.
The inside is nothing short of exquisiteness with two leather sports seats, a 10-inch driver’s digital cockpit and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Maserati Touch Control Plus and Maserati’s Intelligent Voice Assistant which incorporates Alexa. It also has Maserati Connect program which offers various online services such as connected navigation and Wifi Hotspot.
The centre console is made out of carbon fibre-clad and on it there is a driver selector mode with GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa and ESC Off which basically turns off the traction control system. Then moving down on the console you see the power window controls, two speed selection buttons, Multimedia System controls and a storage compartment under the armrest.
The MC20 is made for a Coupe and Convertible shape, and also for a full electric power version. The car is set to launch end of 2020 and will go up against the likes of Lamborghinis, McLarens and the now “separated from”, Ferrari.
Source: Maserati MC20 Press Information