Maserati MC20 to be revealed on September 9
Maserati has unveiled the all-new, custom-made V6 engine’s long-awaited technical information that will drive its upcoming MC20 sportscar, ahead of the model ‘s release on September 9, 2020.
Named Nettuno (Neptune), the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter petrol engine produces 630hp and 730Nm about the legendary character synonymous with the brand’s trident emblem – the same power output as the 2005 MC12 supercar, Maserati’s most powerful production model to date.
This is said to pack “technological innovations derived from Formula 1, resulting in enhanced engine output, increased performance, and reduced consumption.” These include a dry-sump in the supercar model, a pre-chamber between the main combustion chamber and a combustion spark plug, a secondary lateral spark plug that ensures constant ignition across the rev range, and a twin-injection fuel system to reduce noise.
The Maserati MC20 will be the first to receive the new power plant, but Maserati has indicated the engine will be included in other models afterward.
Maserati recently marked Sir Stirling Moss’s passing with a commemorative livery for his MC20 production prototype. The distinctive camouflage cover was influenced by the painting of the brand ‘s iconic single-seater Eldorado, which made its debut at Monza in 1958 with Moss on the wheel.
Maserati says it wants the MC20 concept to wear the Moss-inspired livery as the model represents the aim of the company to return to the motorsport world, following the MC12 ‘s international successes.
The company said it’s going to be a “normal evolution” of the limited-run MC12 – the last model to wear the Maserati Corse badge – and with the MC20 it’ll “return to the racing world.”
Maserati began testing the car’s powertrain on public roads in November last year in a concept mule based on the Alfa Romeo 4C, but the car appears to wear production-ready bodywork in the later photos. The Alfa-based rig was used to house a “new powertrain designed and installed entirely by Maserati,” which is the first in a new engine family that it is developing.
The Maserati MC20 was widely expected to be a production version of the 2014 Alfieri concept, which Maserati pledged to release in 2018, but the Alfieri concept was a front-engined 2 + 2 coupé, very different from the mid-engined MC20.
There is no technical information on the engine yet which will drive other Maserati MC20 variants. As Maserati recently released details of its revised business plan, it said that it was updating the production line in Modena to fit the “electric powertrain” of the car. It will probably be some sort of hybrid model, but we expect to see a full-electric version as well.
The new computer will be Maserati’s first all-new model since 2015.