The last time the initials MC was used was for the very exclusive MC12, in 2004. Sixteen years later, Maserati returns with a mid-engined supercar that we got to preview.
If the MC12 had something to dream of, between an unmistakable silhouette, gigantic proportions, and an ultra-limited series of 50 copies, it was nonetheless an adaptation of the famous Ferrari Enzo from which it borrowed its base and its V12, not without some modifications. For the MC20 on the other hand, whose acronym is reminiscent of the competition since it stands for Maserati Corse 2020, the Trident has been developed 100% internally.
The carbon shell? Designed in partnership with Dallara, a specialist in racing chassis whose reputation is well established. The various body panels are a mixture of resin and fiberglass, with the sole aim of limiting the weight as much as possible. Maserati thus announces 1,470 kg fully loaded, enough to look good against the McLaren GT which admits no less than 1,530 kg on the scale.
And McLaren GT is also a question of styling, which is somewhat inspired by the English and the Alpine A110 three-quarterbacks. But no question of mimicry, the look of the MC20 is on the contrary really innovative for the brand, which is thus venturing into the world of brunettes. The MC20 is low, collected, and has a real presence. The contrast between the painted parts, relatively simple and uncluttered, and the carbon parts, gives the Italian look a belligerent look. References to the Trident are everywhere: on the rims, the sides, and even on the rear window, the cut of which recalls the three points.
The interior plays the card of minimalism, with two 10.25-inch screens: one for the meters, the other, tactile, for the multimedia system, and other essential functions, such as air conditioning. Carbon and Alcantara invite themselves to the surfaces and the impression of a cocoon is real once the elytral doors are closed. By purifying the interior as much as possible, Maserati wants to focus the experience on driving, a feeling reinforced by the architecture chosen for the MC20.
New 630 hp V6
Choosing to install the engine in the rear center position is, in fact, already listening to the sport’s potential of the coupe. But when we learn that the block in question, a twin-turbo V6 3.0 with 630 hp and 730 Nm of torque, was produced in-house, we can’t wait to try it out. It’s nothing short of one of the two most powerful blocks ever installed in road Maseratis, the other being the late MC12’s V12!
Called Nettuno (Neptune, in Italian), this engine also uses advanced technologies, such as double combustion: during heavy loads, pre-chambers located above the cylinders are used to ignite in advance until the at 5% of the fuel injected. The pressure generated pushes the flames directly into the main chambers resulting in more homogeneous combustion generating more power.