Maserati, just the name is enough to make billionaires throw copious amounts of money at a car without taking the car for a test drive. Why? Because the luxury car brand is synonymous when it comes to sexy Italian design. Now, Maserati has unveiled the MC20 supercar, and with 621 horsepower—you’ll find it has more than enough kick.
The MC20 is yet again, a two-seater monster able to top at 200mph. Maserati has always been able to find a gap in the supercar industry between Ferrari and Lamborghini. Butterfly doors with all-carbon construction edges Maserati a little closer to its counterparts while maintaining the signature Italian brand’s ethos of sleek silhouettes and streamline design.
The new supercar is fitted with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6—the first engine developed and manufactured by the company in two decades. Previously, engines were manufactured and developed by Ferrari. When noting the mechanics of the new supercar, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, moves the car from zero to 100km/h in a claimed 2.9 seconds.
When it comes to gadgets and features the MC20 doesn’t fall short. A 10-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 10-inch infotainment with Alexa smart assist ensures customers are purchasing a supercar that has all the latest in AI and digital performance.
Documenting the car’s weight, the MC20’s carbon-fibre genetics has it sitting at a trim 1500 kilograms. Understanding Maserati’s current financial endeavours—an upcoming merger between Fiat-Chrysler Group – owner of Maserati – and the Peugeot Group—solidifies how essential it was to launch a supercar made to achieve results.
20-inch wheels disguise 380mm ventilated discs and six-piston Brembo callipers at the front, while 350mm ventilated discs with four-piston callipers sit neatly at the rear of the car. Perhaps the most impressive concepts of the MC20 reside in the range of options and customised driving experiences at an owner’s fingertips via a 10-inch screen. Drivers will have a choice of four modes (Wet, GT, Sport, Corsa) as well as full ESC to make things interesting.
Avenues to utilise a broad range of strategies such as the engine map, pedal sensitivity, suspension firmness and exhaust valves are made to access easy via shortcuts. Sound is made ‘sartorial’ with another Italian company, Sonus Faber, installing a 12-speaker system.
All in all, the MC20 is a sleek, sexy and downright monster of a supercar. Maserati took two years to develop the supercar, and was designed from the outset to be offered in a cabriolet body, hopefully set to release in 2021.