Last night saw the reveal of the new Maserati MC20. If that name sounds vaguely familiar, that’s because it is. Back in 2004, Maserati produced its coveted MC12 supercar. Built on the chassis of the Ferrari Enzo, the MC12 was both longer and wider than Ferrari’s offering, with quicker acceleration and a higher top speed. The MC marque, which is the abbreviation of Maserati Corse or “Maserati Racing” in Queen’s English, is reserved for the track focused cars in Maserati’s line-up.
The reveal was held on an open air theater stage built on the Modena circuit, with slew of Maserati’s past and several classic models on display. It’s a bit much, but considering that the MC20 is Maserati’s first supercar in 16 years, I understand the need for the flair and theatrics.
Visually, the MC20 is rather reminiscent of the MC12, with its sloping hood and air ducts on either side. It shares the same low-slung grille design as the MC12, albeit with minor similarities with the Gran Turismo and Gran Cabrio. The headlamps are longer and narrower, and it has wide air intakes on the rear arches. Because of the unique underbody air flow design, Maserati has managed to keep the body relatively free of gaping spoilers or gaudy aero bits. A tad less dramatic for a “race car for the road”, but it’s a decent enough design.
There are many firsts for Maserati with the MC20. It is the first Maserati with butterfly doors, and the first Maserati with a carbon monocoque chassis. The body panels are also made of carbon fiber, as are the doors and rear trunk lid. All of which help keep the kerb weight of the car under 1400kg. The carbon monocoque can also be made to fit a convertible variant of the MC20, and an electrified powertrain in the near future. It’s a recipe that’s becoming commonplace, but its a reliable platform.
The engine, nicknamed “Nettuno”, is a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 unit that produces 630 horsepower and 730Nm of torque, making it the most power dense V6 in a production car. The engine, which is 100% made in Modena, is imbued with pre-chamber combustion technology derived from Formula 1 cars, allowing for the massive power output from the otherwise small engine. The engine is paired to an eight-speed dual clutch gearbox that allows it to reach 100km/h from a standstill in 2.9 seconds, and it has a reported top speed of 325kh/h.
The interior of the MC20 is spartan but decently equipped. The large drive mode selector dial takes centre stage on the carbon fibre centre console, along with the drive and reverse gear buttons. There are 4 different drive modes in the MC20: GT, Sport, Corsa, as well as a wet mode. The dashboard features a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen in the centre.
During the event, the CEO of Maserati Davide Grasso announced that the brand’s future models will be electrified, and that Maserati will develop Level 3 autonomous driving technology. More importantly, he announced Maserati would return to racing. So, we may expect a race spec version of the MC20 soon.
The Maserati MC20 is slated for release in 2021, and priced competitively at US$200,000. And while the looks aren’t as head turning as what you’d expect from Maserati, the engine package is mighty impressive. Albeit less soulful sounding than the V8 engines in the older Quattroporte and GranTurismo models.