It’s been a tough few years for Maserati, but the brand is getting ready to let its top down.

    Clad in a sky blue full-body camouflage complete with white fluffy clouds, it’s hard to see what styling changes the MC20 cabrio has over its coupe sibling, but we expect everything ahead of the windscreen to be the same.

    There appears to be a duct running from the top of the windscreen towards the engine bay, and there also seems to be a hump on the rear deck.

    It’s unclear if these items are purely for development and testing, or whether they’ll flow through to production.

    The company has revealed little about the convertible, except to say its body is made entirely of carbon-fibre and composite materials, just like the fixed-roof model.

    Under the skin, it should share all of its drivetrain components with the existing MC20 coupe. At present the MC20 coupe is only available with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, mounted longitudinally behind the passenger cell.

    Dubbed Nettuno, the hand-made Maserati-designed 90-degree six-cylinder produces 470kW of power at 7500rpm, and 730Nm of torque between 3000 and 5000rpm.

    Hooked up to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the MC20 coupe is capable of completing the 0-100km/h dash in 2.9 seconds, cracking the double tonne in 8.8 seconds, and maxing out at speeds beyond 325km/h. 

    Given the need for extra bracing, the MC20 cabrio will likely weigh a little more than the coupe, which tips the scales at 1500kg.

    In the not-too-distant future a pure electric drivetrain will join the MC20 range.

    It’s unclear when the MC20 cabrio will make its full debut, but it will likely be unveiled after the launch of the far more important — at least in terms of sales, if not prestige — Grecale crossover in the second quarter of next year.

    Based on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Grecale will be available with a 220kW/450Nm 2.0-litre forced-induction four-cylinder mild hybrid. Range-topping Trofeo variants will reportedly use a detuned version of the MC20’s 3.0-litre V6.

    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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