In a post across its social media accounts yesterday, Maserati teased “Go beyond. You will admire the sky in a new way on Wednesday 25 May”. The post included three images of the sky, taken from a low-angle perspective, perhaps from the interior of a vehicle. And although the Italian premium brand has yet to officially announce what it could be, we believe it will be the debut of the 2023 Maserati MC20 Cabrio, the convertible version of its halo super sportscar originally unveiled last year.
Just a couple of days before this past Christmas, Maserati released a series of high-definition images showing an “early prototype” of the vehicle featuring a very unique camouflage wrap showcasing clouds. While the images did show a lot of the vehicle, the images were carefully laid out not to show many details about the rear of the vehicle.
Ahead of the A-pillar, the convertible looked identical to the coupe. The roofline and rear deck were where the differences are. It did appear that the top had domed sections and the seams in the bodywork that hinted that the exposed engine cover was gone in favor of a place to stow the roof.
According to sources, the MC20 Cabrio will feature a power-retractable hardtop. This explains why we did not see the rear glass in the teaser shots, as the top will more than likely sit over or just behind the engine in the very rear of the vehicle as the Nettuno engine sits so far forward in the monocoque.
Powering the MC20 Cabrio will be the all-new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter (Nettuno or “Neptune”) V6, which delivers 630CV (or about 621 horsepower) at 7500 rpm and 730 Nm (or 538 lb.-ft) of torque from 3000 rpm with a specific power output of 210CV/liter (or 207 horsepower/liter). The Nettuno features twin spark plugs per cylinder, a dry-sump, as well as uses both direct and indirect fuel injection systems.
The new powerplant is mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and powers the rear wheels using a mechanical limited-slip differential.
An all-new battery-electric (BEV) version will also be available after launch, using the brand’s new Folgore powertrain. The Folgore-equipped vehicles will feature 800-volt technology and a charging capacity of up to 300 kW. Maserati has even said that the Folgore variant will be the “most powerful Maserati ever”.
We can’t wait to see what is in store for the new MC20 Cabrio. Stay tuned, as we will be covering whatever Maserati has in store for Wednesday, May 25th.