The Maserati MC20 marks the beginning of a new era
The most important Maserati since the original Quattroporte...?
The curtain finally went up last night in Modena to reveal the long-awaited Maserati MC20, the spiritual successor to the iconic MC12. This is a game-changing car for the brand and a make-or-break moment because Maserati is certainly putting a lot of eggs in this basket.
The engine is obviously the biggest talking point because the MC20 is powered by a twin-turbo V6 developed in-house by Maserati, their first proprietary unit in over 20 years, which is going to be produced in Modena and built using a technology that Maserati has designed and patented called MTC (Maserati Twin Combustion) and is capable of 630 hp and 730 Nm (538 lb-ft) of torque. Maserati love this engine so much they even gave it a name, they call it the 'Nettuno'.
The car only weighs 1,500 kg and it comes in with an outstanding 2.33 kg/hp power-to-weight ratio, which means that performance figures are unsurprisingly eloquent, you're looking at 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and a 201 mph top speed.
Everything about the MC20 is unique and somewhat new for Maserati and even the way they developed the car is unprecedented. They began with what they call a 'Virtual Vehicle Dynamics Development' system, which allowed them to use advanced simulators and the Dallara Wind Tunnel to test aerodynamic abilities in advance (pardon the pun) and then proceed to test the car in real world conditions.
This may well be a 630-hp mid-engined sportscar but it is also going to be very expensive, which means that the interior has to be both functional and luxurious. Maserati has finally upped the ante on that front with two 10-inch screens, one is the digital instrument panel and the other one is an infontainment system, which you can use as a WiFi hotspot, you can pair with your Apps and all the various bits and bobs that are required in a modern age performance car. You can also select five driving modes: GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa and then there's the ESC off mode.
The MC20 is available in six different colours: Bianco Audace (daring white), Giallo Genio (genius yellow), Rosso Vincente (winning red), Blu Infinito (infinite blue), Nero Enigma (enigmatic black) and Grigio Mistero (mysterious grey). Maserati is already accepting orders for the MC20 and the first units are expected to reach showrooms by the end of the year.