As Maserati’s all-new MC20 super sportscar is finding its way into garages in North America, the Italian marque is teasing the second iteration of its newest halo vehicle – the MC20 Cabrio (convertible). Described as an “early prototype” the convertible was teased with a very unique camouflage wrap showcasing clouds.
Although Maserati released a series of high-definition photos, none of the photos really give us a great look at the rear or overall roof design. From the A-pillar forward, the MC20 Cabrio looks identical to its coupe counterpart. But looking at its roof and the rear decklid over the engine bay are the most noticeable differences.
Ahead of the A-pillar, the convertible is identical to the coupe. The roofline and rear deck are where the differences are. Maserati doesn’t offer a good side or rear angle of the droptop to make a direct comparison. However, it appears that the top has domed sections, and the seams in the bodywork hint that the exposed engine cover is gone in favor of a place to stow the roof.
According to sources close to MoparInsiders.com, the MC20 Cabrio will feature a power-retractable hardtop. This explains why we do 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. Our sources have also stated that the retractable hardtop would feature a glass panel featuring electronically tinted (e-tinted) glass.
The MC20 Cabrio should feature the same mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter “Nettuno” V6. It 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.
There will also be an all-new battery-electric (BEV) version with the new Maserati 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”. Some sources have stated that the powertrain will be capable of over 650 horsepower (485 kW) and have a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time in the low to the mid-2-second range.
The new Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be the Maserati’s first cars to adopt 100% electric solutions. The electric version of the new Maserati MC20 supercar will be produced at the Maserati plant in Modena, not too long later.
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