Maserati has finally taken the wraps off the all-new Maserati MC20 after a lengthy teaser campaign and a delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Maserati’s first mid-engine supercar since the MC12 back in 2004 features a twin-turbo V6 powertrain and even an upcoming electric (EV) version.
From the outside, the Maserati MC20 shares a lot of visual references with the Enzo Ferrari-based MC12 supercar. The front fascia is characterized by Maserati’s signature wide grille with the trident logo placed right in the middle. LED headlights adorn the front, from which there are vents located in the sides of the hood for more downforce at the front. Moving towards the side, there’s a large side vent that draws air towards the side skirts. The rear, meanwhile, looks aggressive with its wide LED taillights, large carbon fiber rear diffuser, and large twin exhausts.
For better aerodynamics, the door handles are flushed into the body, while the butterfly doors add visual drama whenever entering and exiting this supercar. Thanks to numerous computer simulations and over two thousand man-hours in the Dallara Wind Tunnel, the MC20’s body has a slippery drag coefficient of 0.38 Cd.
Measuring at 4,669 mm long, 1,965 mm wide, and 1,221 mm tall, the Maserati MC20 is much smaller than the MC12 it is succeeding. In addition, the carbon fiber intensive body enables the MC20 to weigh less than 1,500 kg.
Moving inside, and you’ll see that the Maserati MC20 features a 10-inch digital gauge cluster and a 10-inch touch screen infotainment system. As a track-focused car, the MC20 features a carbon fiber-clad center console, carbon fiber steering wheel, along with numerous Alcantara surfaces. Other interior highlights include wireless phone charging, Sabelt seatbelts, alloy pedals, and a Sonus Faber sound system.
At the rear of the Maserati MC20’s cabin is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 621 hp and 730 Nm of torque. Whereas past Maserati engines were derived from Ferrari, the MC20’s is claimed to be “100% Maserati.” This engine features dual injection (both direct and port injection) along with an F1-inspired pre-chamber combustion system with twin spark plugs. Power is then sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With this powertrain combination, the Maserati MC20 can sprint from zero to 100 kph in just 2.9 seconds all the way to a top speed of 325 kph.
Maserati says that the MC20 has been conceived to enable the development of a future convertible version and even an EV version. No specifics have been detailed about the upcoming EV version of the MC20, but the Italian automaker says it will be able to sprint from zero to 100 kph in just 2.8 seconds and have a top speed of 310 kph. The upcoming EV version should also be able to travel up to 323 kilometers in a full charge.
Production of the Maserati MC20 is scheduled to begin later this year, with orders now open for Maserati’s latest supercar. Maserati Philippines, which is handled by Motorstrada Inc., has not yet given an official word on whether the MC20 will go on sale in the Philippine Market.