Italian automaker Maserati may be busy launching new hybrids and Trofeo variants of their models, but now they've got something different: Maserati has just revealed their first super sports car since 2005.
It's called the Maserati MC20, and they launched it earlier this morning at about 3:00 AM Philippine time. The new supercar ushers a new age for the Maserati brand, as it is touted to have outstanding characteristics in terms of design, performance engineering, aerodynamics, and more.
Maserati says the design of the MC20 (short for Maserati Corse 2020) was guided by the brand's historic identity, but that doesn't mean they didn't take it up a notch. The sleek shape is elegant with that dramatic supercar look, the profound Maserati snout with the profound trident badge, a body shaped largely from carbon fiber, and many vents and ducts signaling its performance potential. The most striking feature about the MC20 is the butterfly doors; a visual feature befitting its supercar status.
According to Maserati, the MC20 has about 2,000 worker hours of aerodynamic testing to it. Much of the work was done at the wind tunnel of race car manufacturer Dallara, and also involved a lot of CFD simulation work. The attention to aero meant that Maserati didn't need a big rear wing like the MC12 to disrupt the overall shape.
The cabin of the Maserati MC20 is driver-centric as a supercar should be. The MC12 is a 2 seater only. There were rumors that the MC20 was supposed to be 2+2, but that was shelved according to the rumor mill. The D-cut steering wheel is wrapped in leather and tactile Alcantara, and it comes fitted with steering wheel audio controls and cruise control. The ignition button is on the left and the launch control button is on the right.
They opted for a simplified layout to minimize driving distractions, and use dual 10-inch screens; one is in front of the driver that takes the place of the instrument cluster and another for the multimedia system called Maserati Touch Control Plus. The carbon fiber center tunnel/console has a drive mode selector wherein the driver can match the car's settings to the conditions such as GT (for comfort), Wet, Sport, Corsa (racing), or even shut everything off completely. It even comes with a wireless phone charger.
The engine is mid-mounted, and it's a 3.0-liter twin spark, twin-turbo 90-degree V6 called “Nettuno” or Neptune; a name befitting the brand's badge. The engine makes 630 PS at a high 7500 rpm and 730 Nm of torque from 3000 to 5500 rpm. Those numbers mean the MC20 has the same power as -but more torque than- the MC12 despite having half the cylinders and half the displacement. Yes, the MC12 had a 6.0L naturally-aspirated V12.
Together with the 8-speed DCT and the sub-1500 kilogram curb weight, the MC20 can do a 0-100 km/h sprint in 2.9 seconds and continue on to complete a 200 km/h dash in 8.8 seconds, handily beating the benchmark set by the previous MC12 of 3.8 seconds and 9.9 seconds, respectively. The top speed of the MC20 is 325 km/h.