If you preach sportsmanship, of course you need a flagship model. A car that shows the absolute capacity of your engineers. And let's be honest, a Maserati Levante SUV with a diesel engine can hardly be called the pinnacle of the pinnacle. The Italians are putting order with the MC20. The spiritual successor to the MC12 which was based on the then Ferrari Enzo.
This time, taking over the chassis, the MC20 was designed entirely by Maserati. We can say that Maserati went to see his colleagues at Dallara to jointly develop the carbon fiber shell of this MC20. The design was then perfected in the Dallara wind tunnel. With no less than 2,000 hours of work on the carcass to optimize aerodynamics.
The result is a car that gives a very good impression of Maserati. No graceful GT with the engine in the front or an impressive four-door sedan. No, the MC20 is a sports car with a mid-engine and elytron doors. An alternative to the McLaren 720S, the Ferrari F8 Tributo or the Lamborghini Huracan.
If you want to compete with the rest, you need the right performance. For this, Maserati has developed an engine, very beautiful, brand new. Called Nettuno, it is a 3.0-liter V6 with two turbos. No, no turbocharged V8 like the competition. But there is no doubt that these same competitors will soon follow the six-cylinder route as well, with European standards dictating the possibilities.
In short, the Nettuno. An engine that produces 630 hp and 730 Nm of torque on its six cylinders. Thanks to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a slew of intelligent electronics, the MC20 manages to hit the 100 km / h mark in just 2.8 seconds. Less than three seconds for a rear-wheel drive car, it's still amazing!
Also in electric!
Besides, Maserati has big plans with this MC20 – although it had the same plans with the Ghibli and it turns out that it was not the expected commercial success. The MC20 will of course be available in a convertible version … but also in a fully electric version! The MC20's specs will remain under wraps for a while, but Maserati boasts an identical sprint time of 2.8 seconds and a range of around 323 kilometers.
Is this the car Maserati needs right now? Not at all! Although that doesn't make this MC20 any less desirable. Especially since the Italian brand can surpass anyone with the electric version. With a base price of around 200,000 euros for the petrol version, it certainly won't be the best-selling Maserati. But don't worry, because next year we will also have the Maserati Grecale, a compact SUV that should compete with the Porsche Macan. This looks like a smart business plan!