Italy’s trident brand begins a new chapter with the unveiling of the MC20, a sleek, sexy 630hp road devil in angel’s clothing.
Maserati is synonymous with luxury and performance – we would argue always in that order. While its sexy sedans and curvacious coupés know how to thrill, they’ve always seemed to be more about the look and the lifestyle rather than the leather to the pedal performance of Modena’s other auto giants. Perhaps that’s all about to change, with the arrival of the MC20, a rather innocuous name for a sports car that’s going to turn heads everywhere it goes.
The new MC20 (MC for Maserati Corse and 20 for 2020) is the Maserati everyone has been waiting for. With a top speed of 325km/hr, this a car with incredible aerodynamic efficiency and an unashamedly sporty soul, thanks to a new 630-horsepower twin-turbo V6 Nettuno engine (the first produced by the brand in 20 years) that will whisk it to 100 km/h in under 2.9 seconds.
The fact that the MC20 only weights in at 1,500kg doesn’t hurt; cutting-edge materials, including carbon fibre, ensure a best in class power to weight ratio that provides plenty of punch without sacrificing style.
Featuring butterfly doors that are not only stunningly beautiful but also functional as they improve the car’s ergonomics, the MC20 has a sleek line, with no mobile appendages but just a discreet rear spoiler that improves downforce without detracting from its beauty, even when presented as a coupé, a convertible, and as a fully-electric supercar, which is Maserati’s plan.
Within, every component of the cockpit has a purpose, and is completely driver-oriented, with simple forms, very few sharp edges, and minimal distractions. A carbon fibre-clad central console features two 10-inch screens, one for the cockpit and the other for the Maserati Touch Control Plus. There’s a wireless smartphone charger, a driving mode selector (GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa and a fifth, ESC Off, which deactivates the control functions), two-speed selection buttons, power window controls, and Multimedia System controls, with all other controls located on the steering wheel.
The new MC20 will be connected at all times with the Maserati Connect program, with the full range of services, includes connected navigation, Alexa, and Wifi Hotspot managed through the Connect smartphone or smartwatch app.
For the launch, Maserati has also developed six new colours to characterise MC20: Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma, and Grigio Mistero. Each has been conceived, designed, and developed exclusively for the new model and convey strong references to Italian identity and the Maserati tradition.
The MC20’s production launch is scheduled for the end of the current year, with orders to be accepted from this month.
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