Yesterday’s leak is today’s news. The Maserati MC20 has gone official, bringing one of Italy’s best-known badges back into the supercar game, and hopefully giving Ferrari, McLaren, and Lamborghini some sleepless nights in the process.
Developed in 24 months, the MC20 sees the famous Italian marque return to the scene with a V6-powered scissor door-equipped coupe
Global deliveries of the MC20 coupe begin next year, and it will be followed by convertible and all-electric variants in 2022.
At launch the MC20 coupe is powered by a new 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, the company’s first in-house developed and manufactured engine after a 20 year absence.
The 90-degree dry sump Nettuno V6 is rated at 463kW at 7500rpm, and 730Nm between 3000 and 5500rpm.
It is connected to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and a self-locking mechanical limited-slip differential. An electronic differential is an optional extra.
Making extensive use of carbon-fibre and other lightweight materials, the MC20 tips the scales at 1500kg.
According to Maserati the MC20 is capable of completing the 0-100km/h dash in under 2.9 seconds, hitting 200km/h within 8.8 seconds, and reaching a top speed of over 325km/h.
Although details about the electric MC20’s drivetrain have yet to revealed, Maserati claims the MC20 EV will have a 0-100km/h time of 2.8 seconds, a top speed of 310km/h, and a driving range of 323km using the WLTP standard.
The MC20 rides on 20-inch wheels with 245/35 tyres at the front, and 305/30 rubber at the rear.
Behind the front wheels are 380mm ventilated disc brakes with six-piston Brembo calipers, while the rear features 350mm ventilated brakes with four-pot calipers. A carbon ceramic setup is also available.
Measuring 4,669mm long, 1,965mm wide, and 1,221mm tall, the MC20 has a snug two-seater cabin.
The simple interior features plenty of race-inspired design elements, and features a 10.0-inch digital instrumentation display and a 10.0-inch touchscreen.
Fitted with online connectivity, the MC20 supports connected navigation, the Alexa smart assistant, and can be managed remotely via a smartphone or smartwatch app.
Production of the MC20 is scheduled to begin at the Viale Ciro Menotti factory by the end of 2020, although Maserati is taking orders for the car now.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but Automotive News understands the MC20 will be priced to compete against the Lamborghini Huracan and Ferrari F8 Tributo.
The MC20, like the MC12 it is inspired by, will form the basis of Maserati’s competitive racing comeback.