Maserati previews futuristic MC20 super sports car, and it’s bellissimo

Maserati has unveiled the MC20, a super sports car that heralds the start of a new era for the iconic marque. 

The MC20 (MC for Maserati Corse and 20 for the year of its première) features the first Maserati-made powerplant in more than 20 years. The Nettuno high torque 630 horsepower twin turbo V6 delivers 0-100 km/h in under 2,9 seconds and a top speed over 325km an hour. 

The carbon fibre chassis is light too, under 1,500kg (kerb weight), which gives it a weight/power ratio of just 2.33kg/hp.  

The MC20 has been designed in Modena and will be built at the Viale Ciro Menotti plant, where the Trident’s models have been built for more than 80 years. The new production line takes over spaces where the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models were assembled until November 2019. 

The new MC20 features the first  Maserati-made powerplant in more than 20 years…

The MC20 is the vision of the Maserati Innovation Lab and Style Centre

The Nettuno engine features patented MTC (Maserati Twin Combustion) technology, and will also be built in Modena, at the newly established Maserati Engine Lab

The MC20 took two years to design and involved a team of Maserati Innovation Lab engineers and designers from the Maserati Style Centre.

A Virtual Vehicle Dynamics Development system was developed in-house and is based on a complex mathematical model called Virtual Car. The car was then fine-tuned with exhaustive track and road test-driving sessions in the most widely varying conditions of use

The cabin features a 12 channel Sonus faber audio system

Butterfly doors don’t just look awesome, they also improve the car’s ergonomics. The aerodynamics were designed through over two thousand man-hours in the Dallara Wind Tunnel and more than a thousand CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations. The result is a sleek line, with no mobile appendages, just a discrete rear spoiler that improves downforce.

The MC20 design enables coupé and convertible versions and full electric power. Conceptually, it echoes the MC12, the car that marked Maserati’s racing comeback in 2004. It has racing DNA.

Inside the cabin are two 10-inch screens, one for the cockpit and the other for the Maserati Multimedia System (MIA). The 12 channel 695Watt in-car audio system is supplied by fellow Italian luxury Hi-Fi brand Sonus faber, a first time collaboration between the two companies.  

Connected at all times, there’s Alexa support and a Wi-Fi hotspot

The new MC20 is designed to be connected at all times, through the Maserati Connect program. Alexa support and a Wi-fi hotspot can be managed through the Maserati Connect smartphone or smartwatch app.

For the MC20, Maserati has developed six new colours (Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma and Grigio Mistero) reflecting Italian identity and Maserati tradition.

The production launch is scheduled for the end of 2020.

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