Preview by Veeno Dewan
“The coupé features Maserati’s brand new Nettuno motor, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 featuring dual combustion chambers for 621 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is estimated at 325 kph”
Sixteen years after the debut of the Maserati MC12 coupe, the famous Italian brand has revealed its fastest car yet: the mid-engine MC20 supercar and built around a new carbon fiber monocoque, a cabriolet, and a fully electric version to follow after 2022. “MC20” stands for Maserati Corse 2020, a nod to the marque’s return to racing at some point.
The coupé features Maserati’s brand new Nettuno motor, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 featuring dual combustion chambers for 621 horsepower and 538 pound-feet torque available from 3,000 to 5,500 rpm. Maserati’s supercar features a completely encased floor that raises in the center to accelerate airflow, aided by vortex generators at the front and a large diffuser at the rear, made ultra-efficient by its channels of different depths and vertical fins.
Featuring dry-sump lubrication and twin-injection operating between Maserati’s 90° new DOHC V6 comes with an 11:1 compression ratio and, most importantly, a pre-chamber combustion system with twin-spark plugs. This Formula 1-derived solution uses an extra combustion chamber. The Nettuno V6 redlines at a crazy motorcycle-like 8,000 rpm. Each engine takes about three working days to make and is hand-built mainly.
The MC20’s engine is linked to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that uses its top two gears for emissions and economy. The supercar can manage a zero to 96 kph run in just 2.9 seconds, a 0-193 kph sprint in less than 8.8 seconds, and a top speed of 325 kph.
The huge brake rotors and their distinctive monoblock calipers come from Brembo, which supplies Maserati with 390 x 36 mm CCM (carbon-ceramic) discs with six-piston calipers for the front axle, and 360 x 28 mm discs with four-piston calipers for the rear of the MC20.
Inside the two-seater, the cockpit is racing style setup- with a black Alcantara upholstery and a chunky black carbon fiber steering wheel. The steering wheel features Start and Launch Control buttons and the paddles for the Double Clutch Transmission. Dark aluminum finishes as standard, while carbon-fiber trim is optional in the interior.
The Italian company, Sabelt, the MC20’s seats combine composite structural shells with power adjustments and a lumbar system. Wrapped in a combination of laser engraved leather and Alcantara, they offer the best performance and comfort.
It is not at all a bare-bones racer by any means. The premium touches in the MC20’s cabin also feature a 695-watt, 12-speaker Sonus Faber sound system that’s unique to Maserati. The MC20 offers five color-coded driving modes for the ultimate in performance: WET (green); GT (blue); SPORT (red); CORSA (yellow); ESC OFF (orange.) Each mode adjusts parameters such as transmission shift mapping, suspension, and engine management to tailor the driving experience.
GT mode is the default setting. Engine boost, pedal sensitivity, and traction control are standard. Exhaust valves only opened above 5,000 rpm, gear shifts and suspension are set at reasonably easy modes for a relaxed, more comfortable driving experience.
WET limits boost while alerting all driving aids. In SPORT, boost remains average, yet pedal sensitivity, gear shifts, and the suspension settings get dialed up, with the exhausts opening at 3,500 rpm and traction control staying in the sport.
You can expect the MC20 at North American dealers in 2022, followed by a cabriolet and a possible electric supercar. All MC20s will be built at Maserati’s historic plant on Viale Ciro Menotti, in the center of Modena, Italy. The projected price in Canada is expected to be well over $200,000.