Maserati wants its new MC20 supercar to rekindle that old magic

a red Maserati MC20 in the rain
Enlarge / Maserati’s first mid-engined supercar in almost two many years strikes a balance involving on-observe efficiency and daily usability.

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Although the identify Maserati is synonymous with exotic overall performance, the automaker hasn’t unleashed a mid-engined supercar on the entire world in nearly two many years. In the decades given that the debut of the restricted-production MC12 back again in 2004, the enterprise shifted its aim towards sedans and activity-utility vehicles like the Levante to achieve a broader audience. Lackadaisical progress and a liberal pilfering of the Stellantis sections bin, having said that, had threatened to dilute the brand.

That all variations with the introduction of the MC20. Developed in Modena, Italy, and built from the ground up on an all-new carbon-fiber monocoque chassis developed to accommodate coupe, convertible, and electrical configurations, the MC20 shares quite very little with the rest of the autos in the present Maserati lineup. And thanks in section to its “Nettuno” V6, Maserati’s new 3,300-pound halo auto boasts the finest power-to-weight ratio in a phase that consists of names like Porsche, Lamborghini, and McLaren.

As with the system, Maserati engineers took a clean up-sheet strategy when developing MC20’s energy plant to develop a dry sump engine that’s wholly unique to the manufacturer. The mill uses on-demand from customers twin-combustion technologies derived from System 1 that areas a combustion chamber concerning the central spark plug and the traditional combustion chamber to boost the two general performance and efficiency, and the ensuing peak output is 621 hp (463 kW) and 538 lb-ft (729 Nm) of torque. Those figures make the engine a single of the most energy-dense in manufacturing currently, and that grunt is despatched exclusively to the rear wheels by means of the very same Tremec eight-speed twin-clutch transmission applied in the C8 Corvette, even though it has been dialed in for the specifications of the Maserati V6.

Underneath this curvaceous rear bodywork, you'll find a highly advanced V6 engine with F1-derived combustion technology.
Enlarge / Beneath this curvaceous rear bodywork, you are going to find a extremely sophisticated V6 motor with F1-derived combustion technologies.

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The MC20’s suspension back links up with the monocoque by way of aluminum subframes and employs a double wishbone design at both equally the entrance and rear, while two-method adaptive Bilstein dampers are on hand to soak up the bumps. Stopping electricity is offered by Brembo six-piston monoblock calipers and 15.35-inch carbon-ceramic discs up front, when 4-piston models clamp down on 14.2-inch carbon rotors at the rear.

Then there’s the system. The product or service of far more than 2,000 hrs in the Dallara Wind Tunnel and a further 1,000 put in managing computational fluid-dynamics simulations, its aerodynamic performance has been baked into the design and style instead of remaining reached by supplemental splitters and wings, ensuing in a sculpted, subtly futuristic search and a .38 drag coefficient.

Even even though the MC20 is outfitted with plenty of effectiveness components to go toe-to-toe with some of the most potent athletics cars and trucks obtainable currently, this is not an unforgiving, hollowed-out monitor toy. Swing open up 1 of the butterfly doors and the MC20 reveals an interior laden with carbon fiber, distinction stitching, and significant-good quality products befitting an Italian exotic, and the car is remarkably effortless to get in and out of thanks to generous headroom and the relatively tiny sills of the carbon tub. The centerpiece of the cabin is the thick three-spoke, flat-bottomed steering wheel with major, column-mounted shift paddles at the rear of it, a 10.25-inch electronic gauge cluster provides all the actual-time vitals. Infotainment desires are managed by a substantial-resolution, 10.25-inch touchscreen, though the heart tunnel residences the push-method selector, suspension stiffness toggle, the transmission functions, the window switches, and a rotary knob for radio capabilities.

It's easy to get in and out of, for a mid-engined supercar, and the interior feels suitably dramatic.
Enlarge / It really is uncomplicated to get in and out of, for a mid-engined supercar, and the inside feels suitably extraordinary.

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A press of the steering-wheel-mounted ignition button delivers the engine to existence with a throaty bark that rapidly settles into a subdued thrum. Automakers often struggle to get V6es to deliver the right soundtrack in efficiency programs, notably at very low RPMs, but the Nettuno mill seems correctly exotic below the ideal situations. It truly is a little bit as well peaceful for my tastes in the default GT driving method, but switching around to Sport or Corsa mode wakes items up substantially. With the lively exhaust established to full chat, the MC20 gives a soundtrack that’s far more distinctive than the mechanical blat of the McLaren 570S’ V8 and also additional sonorous than the muted whir of the Porsche 911 Turbo’s flat-six, but it’s still a number of sizable ways driving the sonic assault of the obviously aspirated V10 uncovered in the Lamborghini Huracán Evo and Audi R8.

But it only normally takes a couple minutes guiding the wheel to recognize that the quantity of its pipes suits proper in line with the larger general mission of the MC20. In the end a lot more of a grand tourer than a lap file-setter, the MC20 is downright civil about city thanks to its amazingly compliant journey and sound street noise isolation. The cabin is quiet enough at pace to justify the optional Sonus Faber high quality audio system that was outfitted on our take a look at motor vehicle as properly, and while it seems there are a couple of bugs that need to be ironed out in this iteration, the infotainment system’s Uconnect 5 application is sharp-on the lookout and responsive, and it offers the same array of capabilities that we praised it for when we 1st laid fingers on it last calendar year.