After almost two years since the Maserati MC20 coupe made its global debut, the Modena-based automaker has revealed the latest version of its new-generation supercar in the form of a droptop. This is the all-new MC20 Cielo, Maserati's take on a twin-turbo V6-powered supercar that offers plenty of open-top motoring.
Serving as the brand's latest convertible, the MC20 Cielo comes with a unique retractable glass roof instead of a folding metal or fabric top. It's equipped with a state-of-the-art electrochromic (AKA smart glass) roof that can instantly switch to opaque with a touch of a button on the touchscreen. This was made possible thanks to Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) technology.
Maserati claims that the glass roof provides best-in-class thermal insulation and can be deployed in as little as 12 seconds. They also mentioned that the MC20 Cielo's unique glass top is the largest glass panel in its segment.
But since this is a convertible, Maserati had to make the chassis more rigid than the coupe version. The result is a slightly heavier curb weight compared to the hardtop. However, Maserati claims they only added an extra 65kg to the MC20 Cielo's chassis which is still an impressive feat.
Powering the MC20 Cielo is the familiar 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 called Nettuno. It produces the same 630 PS with 730 Nm of torque and is married to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. Maserati did not reveal the Cielo's 0 – 100 km/h sprint time, but they did say that its top speed is rated at 320 km/h which is just 5 km/h short of the coupe's top speed.
To celebrate the MC20 Cielo's launch, Maserati is offering the limited-run PrimaSerie Launch Edition. Only 60 examples will be made in total and all will come with unique exterior and interior features. For starters, it gets a special three-layer paint finish called Acquamarine which combines Pastel Gray with Iridescent Aquamarine Mica.
Moving to the interior, the Launch Edition will come with ice-colored Alcantara and leather upholstery complete with Acquamarine contrast stitching on the dashboard. And to remind owners they are in something special, Maserati will also use the color for the “PrimaSerie” wording on the headrests. Even the 20-inch matte black alloy wheels will come with the special “PrimaSerie” badging.
With the MC20 Cielo now available in Europe, we can expect Maserati's newest convertible to be offered in other markets as well. Hopefully, Maserati Philippines will be able to offer both the coupe and Cielo variants to the country. After all, they have already confirmed that the MC20 will be arriving in the Philippines.