Maserati MC20

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10 September 2020

Maserati looks to resurrect past glories with the MC20

Supercar conversations are generally dominated by the obvious characters: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and relative newcomers like Koenigsegg. Even though Maserati has a history longer than all of those brands (and most car brands in general), it hardly ever gets a mention. With the launch of their new MC20, it’s something the company is hoping to change.

The MC20 is heavy on aerodynamics and power, underlined by a generous sprinkling of driving tech, focused on all-round driver enjoyment and wrapped up in a look that is truly unique. Designed and built entirely by Maserati, it’s a step away from a reliance on Ferrari for engine power, and a move towards reclaiming its rightful place as a legendary maker of sportscars.

Built on a carbon fibre chassis, Maserati describes the MC20 as being divided into two parts: the lower section is all about efficient aerodynamics, with race-derived design helping air management below the car, around the wheels and through the engine bay, all in an effort to provided maximum slipperiness and downforce. The upper section is about the aesthetics, with no “stylistic excesses”, and just a subtle rear wing to help manage airflow.

For the first time in over 20 years, Maserati is designing and building its own engine, and they’ve come out swinging. MC20 is powered by the world’s most potent production V6: a 3.0 twin-turbo with 463kW and 730Nm. Mid-mounted, and weighing in at under 1500kg, Maserati claims the MC20 has the best power:weight ratio in its class, coming it around 309kW/ton. Performance is suitably eyebrow-raising, with a 0-100km/h time of just 2,9 seconds, and a top speed of 325+km/h. Drive is to the rear wheels through an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with fixed shift paddles on the steering column.

The MC20 is also a bit of a balancing act, with a need to package an interior that keeps drivers happy in less racy situations. Finished in dark colours on purpose (to prevent distraction and minimise reflections), the cockpit features all-digital instrumentation and a connected infotainment system, with the option to fit high-end Sonus Faber sound. The flashiest part of the setup is the drive mode selector. Mounted on the carbon fibre centre console, it’s designed to resemble a luxury watch, a move motivated by the fact the MC20 doesn’t feature Maserati’s trademark analogue clock in the dashboard. To help with its everyday driveability, the MC20 also features selectable damping and a vehicle raising function.

Maserati has said that there will also be convertible and all-electric versions of the MC20; the coupé is scheduled to arrive in SA in early 2021.