The Maserati brand continues to tease its all-new mid-engined MC20 super sportscar as Stellantis engineers continue to fine-tune the vehicle. Last week, we showed you pictures of the MC20 in light camouflage testing at the famed Autodromo di Modena Circuit in Italy. Now, the premium Italian brand has taken its new halo car to the snow-covered roads of the Valtellina and at the Ghiacciodromo Livigno (Italy’s most notable snow and ice circuit).
During its cold-weather testing, the MC20 was tested to evaluate engine cold starting, the low-temperature performance of its elastic components, and the car’s handling on cold and low-grip asphalt surfaces. According to Maserati, the test was also performed to verify the correct functioning of the climate control system in cold conditions, as well as various tests on battery, suspensions, and brake components.
While it’s doubtful that a majority of future MC20 orders will be tackling snowy weather, engineers are working hard to make sure that the debut of the MC20’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter “Nettuno” (or Neptune) V6, runs flawlessly no matter the conditions it is exposed to. The Nettuno delivers 630CV (or about 621 horsepower) at 7500 rpm and 730 Nm (or 538 lb.-ft) of torque at 3000 rpm.
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.
Maserati claims a 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 kp/h) run of 2.9-seconds and a top speed of 201 mph (323 kph) for the gasoline-powered MC20.
Maserati has said that it will not just build a coupe version of the car, but will also introduce a convertible model as well. A battery-electric (BEV) version will also reach production in the need future. Rumors say it will be powered by a tri-motor configuration producing around 700+ horsepower when it hits showrooms sometime in 2023.
All 2022 orders of the MC20 have been spoken for. Rumors have suggested that around 2,000 units will be produced at the Modena factory for the 2022 model year, for global distribution. Maserati has yet to officially announce the actual production numbers, but we have heard that a majority of the vehicles have been sold to customers in the North American marketplace.
The 2022 Maserati MC20 has a starting U.S. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $210,000. For more information, you can visit Maserati.com.