2021 Maserati MC20 Supercar Revealed
The Maserati MC20 supercar has been unveiled and will lead a bold multi-billion pound revival plan for the historic Italian brand which includes a return to its performance-oriented and racing roots.
The 2021 Maserati MC20 will also deliver electric power in the future, initially being offered with a mid-mounted, twin-turbo V6. The cards are also available in reversible and motorsport models.
Following Maserati’s product strategy redesign, the MC20 was designed in about 24 months at the firm’s Modena headquarters. It has direct design ties to its predecessor MC12, and Maserati says it’s also supposed to reflect the past of the company.
The main design emphasis, however, was on performance optimization. The 2021 Maserati MC20 was conceived to achieve optimum aerodynamic efficiency. This allowed the designers of the MC20 to reduce the use of aerodynamic appendages in addition to a small downforce-generating rear spoiler.
Maserati has relied heavily in recent years on Ferrari technology particularly for powertrains. But with Ferrari no longer part of the FCA stable, Maserati has returned to designing its engines and the MC20 arrives in more than 20 years with the first powertrain it has manufactured in-house.
Named Nettuno (Neptune), the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged petrol V6, produced at the latest Maserati Engine Lab in Modena, produces 630hp at 7500rpm and 730Nm of torque at 3000-5500rpm, about the Roman god who inspired Maserati’s trident logo.
Power is supplied to the rear wheels via an automatic 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a mechanical self-locking limited-slip differential at the rear. An electronic diff is facultative.
It offers five driving modes: GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa, and ESC Off, which shuts down any control feature.
The 2021 Maserati MC20 makes extensive use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials, contributing to an estimated kerb weight of less than 1500 kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of more than 420hp per tonne. The ratio allows for a sprint of 0-100kph faster than 2.9sec, with 0-200kph taking 8.8sec. It is suggested that the peak speed reaches 325kph.
The 2021 Maserati MC20 measures in length 4669 mm, width 1965 mm, and height 1221 mm. Has a 2700 mm wheelbase. The2021 Maserati MC20 has a 100-liter backpack, supported by a front side storage compartment of 50 liters.
The two-seater interior is accessed via Maserati’s option of butterfly doors because they provide easy access and enhance ergonomics.
The cabin adopts a streamlined design to reduce driver distractions. There is a 10-inch digital instrument panel and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while the central console covered with carbon fiber only includes the driving mode selector, a wireless smartphone holder, infotainment controls, and a few other includes.
Both main controls are mounted on the steering wheel, with dedicated buttons for ignition and start control.
The MC20 will be installed on a new production line at the site previously used to construct the Granturismo and Grancabrio at Maserati’s historic Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena. By the second quarter of 2021 Maserati is scheduled to launch deliveries in international markets.
The Italian carmaker has reported that the MC20 has been developed to create a convertible version, which Autocar UK understands our sister publication is due next year.
It also says the MC20 is built for “pure electric power,” with the fully electric version scheduled for arrival in 2022. Maserati has declined to comment on the EV’s results, but it is known that it will deliver performance near the V6 version.
Since FCA sold its stake in Ferrari back in 2016, Maserati has become the luxury performance brand of FCA flagships. As a result, FCA bosses have dramatically revised Maserati’s previously announced product strategy, authorizing a bold model line-up redesign with a three-year target for triple sales of 13 new models and upgrades to three existing vehicles.
“From this point on, all new models will be electrified,” announced Chief Operating Officer Davide Grasso at the unveiling of the MC20, adding that the company is building Level 3 autonomous power for future vehicles.
The 2021 Maserati MC20 supercar is expected to arrive in India in the future as the carmaker is looking to grow its presence in India, as we have mentioned previously. In addition to this, Maserati will also carry the Ghibli, Quattroporte, and Levante Trofeo models. The carmaker has already started accepting reservations for those models.