Maserati is back with a bit of a spring in its step. After spending some time making sedans and SUV’s, I suppose they have bills to pay, they are finally bringing us a sports car. Look I am not saying their other cars aren’t sporty but it was never their main purpose. The new MC20 is their entry into the Supersports market and they are planning to have 3 versions, A coupe, convertible and electric.
All three will have the identical carbon fibre chassis. Maserati claims over 2000 hours in the wind tunnel were used to refine the shape. The purpose was to try and keep the lines close to the design while still maintaining aero efficiency. I for one think it is an extremely good looking car. Plenty of people claim that it looks like they stole design ideas from other cars but not me. I can instantly tell its a Maserati.
The boy’s and girls in the engineering department claim the has best in class power to weight ratio. With a weight of just under 1500kg and 630hp, it works out to 2.33kg/hp. That 630hp is produced by 90° 3.0L V6 Turbo and is claimed to be the most powerful 6 cylinder engine in production. They also have a patent on its design which says a lot. The soul of the engine is the innovative pre-chamber combustion system featuring twin-spark plugs. This technology is derived from Formula 1 and is now available, for the first time, on an engine destined for the road. The 630hp is available at 7500rpm while the generous 730nm of torque peaks at 3000rpm. That power coupled with the low weight means the MC20 can hit 100kmh in about 2.9 seconds
Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch and a mechanical limited-slip diff, an electronically controlled one is also available. Speaking of electronics Maserati hasn’t skimped, With 5 driving modes ranging from WET to CORSA all tailoring the driving experience. The following components are altered in each mode, boost, pedal sensitivity, gear shift, suspension and traction control. All of this should make the driving experience good in all conditions.
Although Maserati has focused on the Performance they haven’t forgotten about the everyday experience. Inside you will find a fairly comfortable cockpit, with sport seats designed by sabelt. Two 10″ displays one for the driver and the other is the infotainment touch screen. There is an optional Sonus Faber audio system. Maserati MC20 is always connected thanks to the new Maserati Connect program. Having the Maserati MC20 connected at all times enables an eye to be kept on the car’s health, and Maserati Connect will alert the driver when a service is due, improving the customer care experience.
All in all the new Maserati MC20 will be a great addition to the super sports market, would you take this over the competition?