Maserati is ramping up for the unveiling of its new halo car tomorrow: the 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo. For those who aren’t familiar with the Italian word, it means “sky”, explaining the special “cloud-themed” camouflage seen on this prototype.
It marks the first time that the Italian marque will have a convertible offering in its lineup since the GranCabrio ended production in 2020.
From the A-pillar forward, the MC20 Cielo looks identical to its coupe counterpart. However, when you look at the rear of the vehicle, you will notice that the roofline and rear deck are where the true differences are. In these most recent photos, the rear of the vehicle looks to have a redesigned engine cover to store the new power-retractable top. The top will more than likely sit over or just behind the engine in the very rear of the car, since the Nettuno engine sits so far forward in the monocoque.
The MC20 Cielo should feature the same mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter “Nettuno” V6. It delivers 621 horsepower at 7500 rpm and 730 Nm (or 538 lb.-ft) of torque from 3000 rpm with a specific power output of 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.
Stay tuned as we will have all the details about the new Maserati MC20 Cielo, once the car is unveiled tomorrow.
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