Maserati has officially unveiled its long-awaited and anticipated MC20. Standing for Maserati Corse and 20 for 2020, the truly stylish vehicle packs the company’s new Nettuno engine. It’s a twin-turbo V6, packs 630 horsepower (470kW) and 538 lb-ft (730Nm), and will power the MC20 to 62mph (100kph) in 2.9 seconds. The top speed is in excess of 202mph (325kph).
The engine is pure Maserati and the first built in-house for over twenty years. There is an excellent power to weight ratio too, with the MC20 weighing in at under 3,307lb (1,500kg), coming in at 5.13lb/hp (3.12kw/kg). The transmission is an eight-speed dual-clutch setup driving the rear wheels. Brembo supply the stoppers.
The Maserati MC20 is a pure Italian thoroughbred car, designed and engineered in Modena, and will be built at the Viale Ciro Menotti facilities. This factory has been responsible for manufacturing Maserati’s vehicles for over 80 years and features a newly installed PaintShop. The new engine will be assembled in Modena. It’s also been designed to suit both coupe’ and convertible versions. There’s also forward-looking for electric power.
From start to finish, the design and ultimate production lasted 24 months. There were a number of teams involved, including Maserati’s own Innovation Lab engineers, Maserati’s Style Centre designers, and the specialists from the Maserati Engine Lab. The aerodynamics were designed through over two thousand man-hours in the Dallara Wind Tunnel and more than a thousand CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations, which enabled the creation of this elegantly styled machine. This includes butterfly doors to enter and exit the cabin and the famous Trident symbol in the engine’s hatch cover.
Ride and handling were fettled on the track and on the road, however, to reach this part of the development, a Virtual Vehicle Dynamics Development system, which includes the use of one of the world’s most advanced dynamic simulators, was developed in-house by the Maserati Innovation Lab and is based on a complex mathematical model called Virtual Car. This method allowed the performance of 97% of dynamic tests, optimizing development times.
The Cabin trim and design have a driver-centric focus. It’s a function over form equation too, everything that can be touched, pushed or pressed, having a purpose yet still look stylish. There are a pair of 10-inch screens, with one housing what is called Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC Plus MIA). The center console is clad in carbon fiber and houses a wireless smartphone charger and the drive selector. Here can be found GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa, and ESC Off which disables the traction control system.
There are also switches for the windows and multimedia controls. The ignition system has a button on the steering wheel, along with a launch control button. Maserati Connect has the driver and car in contact with the world via a wifi hotspot. Amazon’s Alexa is featured as well. Operations via a smartphone or smartwatch are the access points.
For the exterior, Maserati developed six bespoke colors: Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma and Grigio Mistero. Each of them has been conceived, designed and developed exclusively for the Maserati MC20 car and they all relate to Italian based themes: a strong reference to Made in Italy, to Italian identity and to the land, as well as one linked to Maserati tradition. In the design itself can be found traces to the Maserati MC12, the car developed in conjunction with Ferrari for a 2004 release.
Pricing starts from USD$195,000 with rumors the order list is full. Deliveries expected to commence closer to the end of 2020 for Europe, and early 2021 for the North American market.