Maserati has been known as the premium Italian brand of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) portfolio. Using engines from Ferrari, the brand has built some amazing road racing and production cars, but going into the future the brand is looking to making its own new waves in a big way. The premium brand has stated that it looks for a more electrified future with products like the 2021 Maserati Ghibli Hybrid (something Dodge fans should pay attention too), it has also added even more performance-based models to its lineup with the Trofeo (or Trophy) lineup with its Levante, Quattroporte, and Ghibli models. But today, the “trident” brand has released details on its halo car which serves as a statement for the brand’s future both on the street and on track with the all-new MC20.
Power comes from the all-new Maserati-built mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter “Nettuno” (or Neptune) V6. It delivers 630CV (or about 621 horsepower) at 7500rpm 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.
The driver can opt for four traditional modes when behind the wheel of the MC20. Those include Wet, Sport, GT, and Corsa by using the drive mode selector. A fifth mode “ESC Off”, disables traction control completely and can make the MC20 a Hoonigan’s dream. Each of the modes changes certain perameters of the car, such as steering feel, throttle sensitivity, and the MC20’s adaptive suspension. Thanks to the double-wishbone suspension with active shock absorbers, the car can be raised or lowered depending on the drive mode selected.
Maserati claims a 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 kph) of 2.8-seconds and a top speed of 193 mph (310 kmh) for the gasoline-powered MC20.
The mid-engined MC20 comes into the lineup ready to take on the likes of Lamborghini, McLaren, and former sibling company Ferrari. The new Italian supercar measures 184-inches long, 77-inches wide, and 48-inches tall, and is bigger than the Lamborghini Huracán and yet weights 117 lbs. lighter than the raging bull. That means the MC20 only weighs 3,306 lbs. (or 1,500 kg), thanks to a lightweight monocoque construction developed by Maserati and Dallara and lots of carbon fiber.
According to Maserati, its team spent more than 2,000 hours in Dallara’s wind tunnel and more than a thousand CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations, dialing in the sleek looks of the MC20. The handsome looks of the MC20 are highlighted with swooping LED headlamps, a huge Trident badge embedded in the grille, and features lots of swoops and divots without the aids of active aerodynamic components. Instead, the coupe uses a small integrated rear spoiler for downforce. Of course, the MC20 wouldn’t be a supercar without a set of butterfly doors.
Added carbon fiber front splitter, roof, and side sills also add to the performance look of the design. Horizontal LED taillamps, give the rear of the car a wider width look. The dual exhaust comes out just underneath the license plate, with a massive carbon fiber rear diffuser rounded out the rear of the vehicle.
Inside, there is two 10-inch displays. One relays vehicle information to the driver, while the other acts as an infotainment system. The infortainment system software is similar to the new Uconnect 5 system, but has its own Maserati spin on things, called Maserati Connect. The full range of services includes connected navigation, Alexa and Wifi Hotspot and can also be managed through the Maserati Connect smartphone or smartwatch App.
There will be 6 exterior colors available on the MC20. Those colors include Bianco Audace (Bold White), Giallo Genio (Genius Yellow), Rosso Vincente (Winning Red), Blu Infinito (Infinite Blue), Nero Enigma (Black Enigma), and Grigio Mistero (Mystery Gray).
Pricing for the all-new 2022 Maserati MC20 has not yet been announced. However, we do know that Maserati has expressed that it intends to build not just a coupe version, but a convertible model as well. Both will feature plug-in electric (PHEV) powertrains, as well as a battery-electric (BEV) version as well.
The all-new MC20 will be built at the Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena, Italy. The new production line, created in the spaces where the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models were assembled until November 2019, is now ready. The site also features a new paintshop incorporating innovative, environment-friendly technologies. The Nettuno engines will also be built in Modena, at the newly established Maserati Engine Lab.
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