Maserati MC20 Unveil Showcases What Undeterred Focus Can Result In
The supercar marks the return of the brand to the upper echelons of the exotic performance car segment.
Maserati MC20 marks the return of the supercar from the Bologna-based manufacturer. If my memory serves me correctly, it has been fifteen years since we last saw a gobsmacking supercar from the manufacturer.
Now though, we have the MC20 and despite it having a sharp V6 powering it, there will also be an electric model after the petrol-powered car starts reaching customers.
First up, the design, which is not as flamboyant as Italian supercars can be. Yes, it has got scissor doors, but it does not shout “look at me” all the time. It is much more clever than that.
The front of the car resembles the MC12 monster the brand sold in the last decade, with a low nose, sizeable Trident badge, LED headlights that run till the fenders, carbon fibre front splitter, and aero ducts.
Similar ducts and vents can be seen on the sides as well, along with stylish alloys and the low-slung posture the cars sits in. At the rear, there are LED taillights, dual exhaust outlets just above the carbon fibre diffuser, in addition to the roof and side sills that are made from the same material.
It is clear that Maserati has worked hard to ensure that the interior of the car is up-to-date. There are two 10.25-inch displays, one for the instrument cluster and the other for the infotainment system which comes with a new Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) as well as several connectivity options.
Carbon fibre is carried over inside as well, with the steering wheel, paddle shifters, centre console, all made from the lightweight material. The rest of the cabin is neatly dressed in a mix of Alcantara and leather.
There are six colours available to choose from on the Maserati MC20, namely – Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma, and Grigio Mistero.
Now, to the most important part – the engine. Built completely by Maserati itself, the 3.0-litre V6 which is twin-turbocharged, produces 621 HP and 729 Nm and is mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Named “Nettuno” the engine has twin combustion chambers to make the most power it can while being extremely efficient. It can propel the 1500 kg car to a top speed of 323 km/hr, while the 0-100 km/hr sprint is dispatched in 2.9 seconds.
Four driving modes are on offer – Wet, GT, Sport, and Corsa, all giving the driver a different feel and mapping. Suspension-wise, the car has double wishbones with active shock absorbers.
Details, admittedly only a few, about the electric version have also been revealed by the brand. We do not know the battery size, but the car will have a claimed range of 323 km, a 310 km/hr top speed, while it will do the 0-100 km/hr time a tenth quicker than its petrol-powered doppelganger.
Also, the chassis, which is made using a carbon fibre tub, will be used with minor modifications on the petrol and electric versions, while there will also be a convertible option later.
Price of the Maserati MC20 starts at $210,000 (Rs. 1.54 crores) in the USA and the supercar will hit the market there by next year.