This is exciting. After what feels like forever, a supercar has once again returned to Maserati’s range and it’s stunning. Successor to the awesome Maserati MC12, the all-new MC20 mixes performance with everyday usability in a package that harks back to the brand’s history of racing cars.
The beautiful new MC20 is the first Maserati since the Enzo based MC12 supercar that launched back in 2004. Unlike the MC12, however, the all-new MC20 has been designed and built entirely by Maserati in Italy. Initially sold in coupe form – as you see it here – a convertible version and a motorsport version are set to follow soon.
In this initial form, power comes from a mid-mounted 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 that creates 621bhp at 7500rpm. All of the power is fed to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a limited slip differential. The result is a 0-62mph sprint of 2.9seconds and 0-124mph in just under 9 seconds. Maserati say that the MC20 will continue to fly up to at least 202mph.
As you’d expect from a modern supercar, the MC20 is constructed mainly from carbon fibre and other lightweight materials – in total, the MC20 weighs in at less than 1500kg, which is very impressive. Even more impressive, however, is that the low weight means a power-to-weight ratio of over 414bhp per tonne.
Double-wishbone suspension all round keeps the front and rear planted on the ground whilst a virtual steering axle – something usually reserved for racing cars – ensures the best handling you can possibly imagine. Whilst the whole system sounds pretty complicated, it basically works to maintain a constant contact patch as you corner, boosting cornering capability.
Making the MC20 perfect in all situations, there are four different driving modes – Wet, GT, Sport, Corsa – and full control over the car’s ESC. As you can imagine, each of the driving modes changes the usual things, such as engine mapping, exhaust valves, suspension firmness, steering sensitivity and so on.
Styling wise, Maserati told Top Gear that this is ‘design and not styling’. What that means is that the MC20 was designed entirely by airflow and aerodynamics. That’s why the design is simple and it isn’t covered in huge active aero elements and vents, instead all you’ll find here is a flat floor, a couple of venting channels and a rear diffuser and subtle spoiler at the rear.
Regardless of whether you find the styling simple or not, it’s hard to deny that the Maserati MC20 is a beautiful thing. Less extreme than the MC12 that it replaces, it’s still a return to the sharper design of Maserati’s past models.
The cabin is a minimalist sea of Alcantara, which isn’t a bad thing. Whilst there are few distractions inside, Maserati have added a 10in digital instrument display behind the newly designed steering wheel and a 10in screen for the multimedia system.
We really are incredibly excited to spend some time with the Maserati MC20 when it arrives at our dealerships and we’re excited to see what the rest of the company’s relaunch plan; we’ve 13 models to look forward to and, if the MC20 is anything to go by, they’re going to be exciting.