Thursday, September 10, 2020

The 621-Horsepower MC20 is the Start of a New Era for Maserati


Maserati enters a new era with the MC20, their new super sportscar that combines performance, sportiness, and luxury.

With a name that stands for Maserati Corse 2020 (MC20), it’s the spiritual successor of the MC12 way back in, you guessed it, 2012. The MC20 packs Maserati’s new Nettuno engine (the first in-house power unit after more than 20 years) and incredible aerodynamic efficiency.



Nettuno, the first engine of Maserati’s new era is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. It makes 621 horsepower and 730 Nm of torque, delivering a 0-100 km/h time of under 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 325 km/h. The Nettuno features twin combustion technology with a passive prechamber and twin spark plugs. It also has both direct and port injection systems built in. The engine is mated to an 8-speed dual clutch automatic with rear wheel drive and rear limited slip self-locking mechanical differential.

The MC20 is extremely lightweight at under 1,500 kilograms, yet promises to have made no sacrifices with regard to comfort.

The butterfly doors are not only stunningly beautiful but also functional, as they improve the car’s ergonomics and enable optimal access to and from the cabin. Once inside, the MC20 offers a driver-oriented cabin with simple forms, few sharp edges, and minimal distractions. There are two 10-inch screens, one for the cockpit and the other for the Maserati Multimedia System (MIA).



The carbon-fiber clad center console features just a few controls—a driving mode selector, two speed selection buttons, the power window controls, and the multimedia controls. The rest are on the steering wheel such as the ignition and launch control.

In terms of design, the MC20 is completely designed in Modena. It took 24 months from the outset with most of the work done virtually. Of course, in Maserati tradition, it was fine-tuned on the track as well as on several road tests. More importantly, it is designed to take on both coupe and convertible forms as well as a potential full electric version.



The MC20 will be produced at Maserati’s Viale Ciro Menotti plant, where the Trident’s models have been built for more than 80 years. The new production line, created in the spaces where the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models were assembled until November 2019, is now ready for action in the historic plant. The site also features a new paint shop incorporating innovative, environment-friendly technologies. The Nettuno will also be built in Modena, at the newly established Maserati Engine Lab.

The production is scheduled to start by the end of the year with orders now being accepted as early as today.


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