Italian luxury sports auto manufacturer Maserati is developing a new two-seater sports car. Called the MC20 there currently is more conjecture and speculation than fact about what the machine will feature. Let’s take a look at what is known, including a mooted northern hemisphere release for late 2020.
MC is shorthand for Maserati Corse, and the 20 is a nod to the release date of 2020. The name, says Maserati, indicates a return to motorsport, with an as yet unspecified date for that. It will be a fully Italian oriented build too, with the vehicle being developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab, and it will be built at the historic plant in Viale Ciro Menotti, in Modena. The brand itself has tagged the MC20 as the first car of the new Maserati Era and as a super sports car.
The Maserati MC20 will be a two-door, two-seater, hardtop, with a convertible possibly scheduled for early 2021. Indications are that it will be a reworked and larger version of Alfa’s 4C sports car. To cope with the expected engine, as listed below, the chassis will be widened at the rear and the wheelbase lengthened. Spy shots show a quad rear light design, air intakes on the broad rear wheel arches, a vented truck cover, and slimline LED headlights.
The engine is purported to be a twin-turbo affair, and at a capacity of 3.6L. Rumored power is around 600 horsepower or 447 kilowatts. Transmission is likely to be a dual-clutch auto with eight ratios. It will be a mid-mounted layout, and clearly visible under a glass or perspex style pane in the liftback.
Italian luxury fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna supplies the high-end luxury materials in other Maserati vehicles. This includes the brand’s signature leather-and-silk upholstery. Maserati uses a bespoke version of the Uconnect interface found in the FiatChrysler vehicles, and it’s an interface with real human interactivity. It’s a very responsive unit, with little lag in switching screens so it will suit the anticipated performance aspect of the MC20. Screen size could vary between 8.4 inches and 10.3 inches.
It would be fair to expect that the safety features such as Blind Spot Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection would be standard. For the driver, although not yet confirmed, Launch Control and track specific driving modes could also be standard.
As for the cost, it currently appears to be a four-model range, with GranLusso, GranSport, GTS, and Trofeo. The starting price is said to be $160,000 USD at the time of writing for the GranLusso and GranSport, $180,000 USD for the GTS, and $200,000 USD for the Trofeo. These prices are subject to change prior to launch.