Maserati MC20 Sports Car Revealed With 621 HP And An EV Option
Do you remember the Maserati Alfieri concept from 2014? Remember when the company promised a production version that you could actually buy shortly after that debut? Well, it’s 2020, and while we don’t exactly get a road version of the Alfieri, the company’s latest creation could be even better. Here is the Maserati MC20.
While it doesn’t share the same name as the concept – or even the same look – the Maserati MC20 is more powerful than the Alfieri probably ever could. The MC20 has an extremely powerful V6 and all new technology inside, and it’s even available in three different flavors: gasoline, electric and convertible.
Brand new engine
The traditional gasoline-powered MC20 is what excites us the most. Powered by a new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged, dual-combustion V6, the Maserati produces a whopping 621 horsepower (463 kilowatts) and 538 pound-feet (729 newton-meters), all fed by an eight-speed twin. . clutch transmission. This means it can sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 km / h) in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph (323 km / h).
Maserati developed the MC20’s “Nettuno” V6 entirely in-house – not an Alfa Romeo engine on steroids. Using sophisticated Formula 1-inspired technology, such as an additional combustion event separate from the main chamber to increase power, the MC20 delivers the best power-to-weight ratio of 2.3 kilograms per horse, meaning every pony does more than lug around 5.1 pounds. The sports car tips the scales at just 3,306 pounds (1,500 kilograms) thanks in part to a lightweight unibody construction.
Four traditional modes – Wet, GT, Sport and Corsa – are available via the drive mode selector, with a fifth “ESC Off” option that completely disables traction control. Each mode adjusts things like steering feel and throttle sensitivity, as well as adaptive suspension. The double wishbone setup with active dampers raises and lowers the car depending on the driving mode.
All these same features (other than the engine, of course) are found in the electric version. And while Maserati didn’t provide details like battery size or charge, the company promises a 0-62mph sprint of 2.8 seconds, a top speed of 310km / h and a range of 201 miles (323 km) in Europe. (The US figures will likely be different).
At the heart of every MC20 is a carbon fiber monocoque tub – similar to what you get in many modern supercars. Developed by Maserati and Dallara, this chassis can accommodate all three versions (coupe, electric and convertible) with only slight modifications. Using this monocoque tub as a base, Maserati designers spent over 2,000 hours in the Dallara wind tunnel sculpting the final look. And this time spent is worth it.
The Maserati MC20 is definitely a looker. Up front, the coupe has a prominent Trident badge embedded in a simple mesh grille, sharp LED headlamps that span the front fenders, and plenty of pleats and valleys indicating its aerodynamic nature. Exposed carbon fiber covers the front splitters, roof and side sills and runs to the rear.
The rear of the MC20 looks more streamlined, with horizontal LED taillights, two tailpipes just below the license plate, and a large carbon fiber diffuser below. And the wheels are very sharp. The new Maserati MC20 comes in six whimsical new colors: Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma and Grigio Mistero.
Much of the carbon fiber found on the exterior is also found on the interior. The center column, paddle shifters, and driver-focused steering wheel all wear the lightweight weave. The rest of the cabin – the seats, dashboard and door panels in particular – sports a mix of Alcantara and stitched leather with blue accents.
The MC20 comes standard with a 10.3-inch touchscreen that runs the new Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA), as well as a 10.3-inch digital instrument panel. The infotainment system promises more customization and functionality than any other Maserati system before it, including Maserati Connect, which alerts the owner to things like service dates and safety features, all accessible via a smartphone.
The Maserati MC20 starts at $ 210,000 in the United States. Expect the super sports car to hit the market next year.