There is a fine line between a brand with a strong tradition and one that is perhaps getting a little stuffy. Lately Maserati has slipped dangerously close to the latter category, but today, with this car, everything could change. Making its debut on Wednesday, the 2021
The MC20 is a very different thing from. Much more modest, for example. Designed and engineered in-house, it has a modern and understated supercar look that we are very fond of. The MC20 is probably a little plain, especially compared to the MC12, but there’s also something vaguely futuristic, with just that wide-open nose giving a link to other Maseratis on the road – well, that and the cheeky trident cut into the rear decklid (which isn’t our favorite stylistic tip, if we’re honest). The MC20 is also very different from the recently deceased GranTurismo Coupé, which was larger and more like a grand tourer.
The MC20 is a marriage of artistic design and aerodynamic sensibility, and Maserati has carefully color-coded these different elements. The parts of the car that are white? That’s where the designers made the final call. The darker parts along the bottom? All driven by efficiency and performance. That white, among other things, is called Bianco Audace, or “audacity white”, which according to Maserati was conceived to “evoke the shimmer of quarry marble, struck by the light of a Mediterranean sunset”.
The car’s body is simple and clean, with no giant wing hanging from the rear or a splitter protruding from the front. Air intakes and air intakes are kept to a minimum, with the most aggressive visual component, the rear diffuser, cloaked in raw carbon fiber.
All this envelops a custom carbon monocoque tub developed with Dallara, an expert in racing frames. Interestingly, the chassis was designed to support three versions. The first is the coupe you see here, while a Spider flavor with a retractable hardtop will come later. The third version will be electric, leaving room for the batteries in the same basic arrangement, changing only the arrangement of the carbon filaments. No expected arrival time, though.
The initial coupe will have a 90-degree, 3.0-liter, 621-horsepower twin-turbo V6. Maserati claims that this engine, called Neptune, is completely new and we can’t help but think the engineers were aiming for that figure of power. It is exactly the same power as the MC12, although it required double the cylinders and the displacement to get it. While forced induction is the main driver of that relative production increase, the company also attributes what it calls the Maserati Twin Combustion. It is a kind of pre-combustion chamber that helps in more efficient combustion within the engine.
Power comes to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and mechanically locking rear differential. The weight of the entire package is 3,306 lbs, which according to Maserati gives it a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. What class is it? Well, with a starting price of $ 210,000, we’re talking about things like the epic. Strong competition, to say the least.
The suspension is a front and rear double wishbone configuration, with a semi-virtual steering configuration designed to reduce the steering angle and increase steering sensitivity and response. The brakes are Brembo carbon ceramic units with six pistons at the front and four at the rear.
The interior of the MC20, accessible via doors that open the right way, creates a blend of race-focused minimalism and the demands of everyday driving. This is best seen on the steering wheel, which the marketing version says features “only essential” buttons and controls. Somehow, the launch control and cruise control make the cut. The mode selector, however, is relegated to the center console.
The dual 10-inch display serves as an instrument cluster and infotainment system, powered by, like on new . This software will provide easy access to all your smart home needs while also providing a clean and simple user interface, here renamed Maserati Touch Control Plus MIA. MIA, by the way, is Maserati’s Intelligent Assistant. Yes, another smart assistant for your modern world.
Maserati promises nearly 5.3 cubic feet of storage in both a trunk and a frunk. It’s small, but a big step up from the MC12, which didn’t even have a trunk. It’s also another sign that the MC20 is a very different car, something meant for everyday use, something that will be as good to drive on the road as it is on the track.
And the track is a key component here, with the release of the MC20 promising that the car “will bring Maserati back to the racing world.” This is certainly great news, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for details on where and when. Likewise we are unaware of how much this beauty will cost or when lucky fans of the trident might be able to take one home. We certainly hope to see some more than the MC12. Maserati only built 50 on the street.