While we were pre-occupied with “Dodge Speed Week” and the “Woodward Dream Cruise” last week in Detroit, the Maserati brand was making a splash at “The Quail”: An Automotive Gathering in Monterey, California. The event is one of the most prestigious automotive events in North America and provided the perfect backdrop for the North American debut of the new MC20 Cielo super sports car.
Cielo (Italian for “sky”), is the spyder version of the new MC20 super sports car and offers a perfect mix of sportiness and luxury. Unique to the convertible segment, the Cielo features an innovative retractable glass roof with a state-of-the-art electrochromic (smart glass) window that can instantly be transformed from clear to opaque at the touch of a button on a central screen. The roof uses Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) technology to provide a multi-faceted driving experience: it can be all-encompassing with the roof closed and opaque, offering a unique “sky feeling” when the roof is transparent, and allowing for a holistic experience with the top down.
The MC20 itself represents a renaissance for the Trident brand as Maserati’s first super sports car in more than a decade. The soul of the MC20 is the revolutionary twin-turbo 3.0-liter (Nettuno) V6 engine, which delivers 630 horsepower (621 in the U.S.) and 538 lb.-ft. of torque. It also marks Maserati’s return to producing its own engines and, notably, is the first engine destined for the road to use an innovative pre-chamber combustion system featuring twin spark plugs, a technology derived from Formula One (F1) racing.
Global Chief Executive Officer, Davide Grasso, was in attendance for the ceremony alongside Maserati Americas CEO, Bill Peffer, Head of Stellantis Design, Ralph Gilles, and Head of Maserati Design, Klaus Busse.
Crowds of excited VIP guests and members of the media enjoyed the unveiling during a press conference which also showcased the new Maserati Grecale Trofeo and the Maserati MC20 Coupe. Thousands of guests were able to experience the MC20 Cielo during this year’s annual summer gathering, which has become a pivotal part of United States car culture.
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