Maserati has unveiled the MC20, a new super sports car that is claimed to combine performance, sportiness and luxury.
A RETURN TO BUILDING ENGINES FOR MASERATI
The Maserati MC20 utilises the firm’s own Nettuno engine, a 621bhp (630 CV) twin-turbocharged V6 with a maximum torque of 730Nm.
Said engine has numerous innovations borrowed from Formula 1, which include a combustion pre-chamber and laterally-mounted spark plugs. A twin injection system (both direct and indirect) also aids in lowering emissions and improving fuel economy.
The motor’s output sends the 1500kg car from rest to 100km/h in less than 2.9 seconds, and on to a top speed of over 325km/h. The use of the Nettuno engine also signals Maserati’s return to producing its own powerplants after a hiatus of more than 20 years.
Five driving modes are available: GT, Wet, Sport, and Corsa, while the last, ESC Off, will deactivate the car’s electronic control functions.
The aerodynamics of the Maserati MC20 were designed after over 2000 man-hours in the Dallara Wind Tunnel and more than a thousand Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations to yield a drag coefficient of 0.38Cd.
A SIMPLIFIED INTERIOR
Butterfly doors open to reveal two 10-inch screens – one for the instrument cluster and the other for the Maserati Multimedia System.
Maserati strove to simplify the carbon fibre-clad centre console. This section only houses components such as the wireless charger, driving mode selector, multimedia system controls and a handy storage compartment.
All the other controls are on the steering wheel, with the ignition button on the left and the launch control one on the right.
The new Maserati MC20 will be digitally connected through the Maserati Connect programme. Its full range of services include connected navigation and Amazon Alexa. It can also be managed through the Maserati Connect smartphone or smartwatch app.
MADE IN ITALY
The Maserati MC20 will be built at Maserati’s Viale Ciro Menotti plant, where the firm’s models have been built for more than 80 years.
A new production line, which was created where the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models used to be assembled until last November, is now ready to commence production.
The site also features a new paint shop incorporating innovative and environmentally-friendly technologies. The Nettuno engine will also be built in Modena, at the newly established Maserati Engine Lab.