Maserati MC20 will be powered by an all new V6 engine called Nettuno
Maserati has revealed the all new MC20 super sports car which also marks the return of the Italian brand to the racing track. The Maserati MC was expected to make its official appearance in May 2020 but was delayed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Expecting to hit market sometime in early 2021, the Maserati MC20 could start off at $200,000 in the US. As per details revealed by the automaker, MC20, short for ‘Maserati Corse 2020’ is an evolution of the MC12 that saw the return of Maserati to racing in 2004.
Features and Infotainment
Maserati MC20 is a low slung sports car, which once launched, will be the company’s new flagship. It comes in with a mid engine design and in coupe and convertible body styles and in electric and internal combustion variants.
Its exteriors will sport the signature Maserati radiator grille, large air intakes and sharp LED headlamps. Carbon fiber is seen across front splitters, roof and side sills while at the rear distinctive rear bumpers, horizontal LED tail lamps, dual exhausts and a large carbon fiber diffuser is seen. The new Maserati MC20 is presented in six colour options of Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma, and Grigio Mistero.
The interiors get a 10.3 inch touchscreen with Maserati Connect Program, integrated vehicle control system offering enhanced driving dynamics and updated technology. It is also seen with a 10.3 inch digital instrument cluster and Maserati Connect updates the owner on service schedules and other security features via a smartphone. Seating, dashboard and door panels are in Alcantara with blue stitching accents.
The chassis, which has been jointly developed by Maserati and Dallara, can accommodate coupe, electric and convertible versions with modifications. The designers have paid special attention to wind tunnel sculpting with over 2,000 hours spent in its designing.
New Nettuno V6 Engine
Maserati MC20 will be powered by a new 3.0 liter Nettuno V6, twin turbocharged, twin combustion engine offering 621 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 730 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 – 5,000 rpm, mated to an 8 speed dual clutch transmission. No details of its electric version have been detailed as on date. Acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph is achieved in 2.9 seconds with top speed to stand at 323 km/h.
The engine is developed completely in-house. It boasts of best in class power to weight ratio of 2.3 kg/hp and weighs around 1,500 kgs due to its lightweight, carbon fiber, monocoque construction. It receives four modes of Wet, GT, Sport and Corsa via drive mode selector and also with ESC Off option to disable traction control.
The various modes adjust steering and throttle as per driving conditions while also regulate adaptive suspension. The double wishbone set up along with active shock absorbers elevates or lowers the car as per drive mode. The V6 engine also borrows technologies from Formula 1 and other racing formats. The engine gets a pre chamber combustion system with twin spark plugs which makes the MC20 the first road legal car in the world to receive this feature.