The covers have come off the Maserati MC20: one of the most anticipated cars of 2020 and the mid-engined supercar which sees a return to racing for the Italian marque. The reveal was originally scheduled for May but coronavirus meant it was delayed until today, and YesAuto was among the audience of international media to witness the unveiling at Modena Race Track in Italy: the spiritual home and long-time test track for Maserati.
This car marks the beginning of a multi-billion-pound revival for Maserati which will see a model overhaul in coming years, which includes a brand new SUV, much of which will be electrified. Unlike its forefather, the MC12 which was launched in 2004, the MC20 is not a parts bin-share with the Ferrari Enzo. This is a Maserati from the ground up and is the first to feature Maserati’s new ‘Mettuno’ (Neptune, a nod to the trident of the badge) engine: a 3-litre V6 twin-turbocharged petrol which produces 621bhp and 723Nm torque. But Maserati has said it there will also be a fully electric version in 2022, because that’s the way it has to be these days. There are also coupe and convertible variants scheduled for that year.
From the front the MC20 is more than a subtle nod to the 2004 MC12, with the gaping mouth-like grille which bares Maserati’s trident symbol and headlights which sit flush in the bonnet next to two large air intakes. It’s more rounded than its ancestor, with everything from the bumper to the bonnet offering much more muscular appearance. The bulging wheel arches give way to the A-pillar, on which hinge the scissor doors. Two gaping air intakes sit above the rear wheels. Everything has been designed with aerodynamics at the forefront, including those scissor doors, resulting in a drag coefficient of just 0.38Cd. Thanks to its carbon fibre monocoque chassis the MC20 weighs last than 1,500kg and has a best in class power to weight ratio of 2.33 kg/hp.
The interior houses just two seats - as this is supposed to be track car designed to also be comfortable on the road - and the centre piece is a 10inch infotainment system with a 10inch digital driver display. The steering wheel is smattered with controls to enhance that racing feel, but the cabin is luxurious and minimalist elsewhere. A carbon fibre centre console houses the drive mode selector, a wireless charging dock and some infotainment system controls, and that’s it. The boot is an acceptable 100 litres but there’s also a 50-litre storage bin at the front.
The beating heart of the MC20 is an entirely new 3-litre V6 twin-turbocharged petrol engine, designed and built in Modena, which produces 621bhp and 730Nm of torque. It can catapult the MC20 from 0-62mph in less than 2.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 202mph. Called the ‘Mettuno’, which is Italian for Neptune and a nod to Maserati’s trident badge, its power output makes the MC20 the most powerful production model Maserati ever. Using technology which has been derived from Formula 1 cars, the engine features a dry sump and a pre-chamber which nestles in between the primary combustion chamber and spark plug to create a more immediate and powerful explosion to increase low end response, as well as a secondary spark plug which maintains an ignition as the engine spins up through the rev range. It revs giddily with peak power at 3,000-5,000rpm, via an eight-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, and it sends all its power to the rear axle. Fuel economy is a claimed 24.3mpg and the MC20 produces CO2 emissions of 262g/km.
No word yet on how much the MC20 will cost, but it is expected to be around the £190K mark, and production will start before the end of the year.