Maserati, a brand that has taken multiple attempts to return to the glories of its early years have fallen short of its lofty ambitions. Set to make another attempt, its latest rebirth strategy includes plans for 10 new or heavily revised models by 2023 and the launching of the new stunning flagship: the 2021 MC20.
“The “20” marks the year and the “MC” stands for “Maserati Corse” which translates to “Maserati Racing” hinting that the brand will make a return to top-flight motorsports with this car.”
The MC20 is a car that sticks closely to the supercar playbook. Built around a central carbon-fibre tub created in collaboration with Dallara, the motorsports engineering company that also developed the carbon structures for the Alfa Romeo 4C and Bugatti Chiron. Even the bodywork is made from carbon fibre, and as is a normal feature in the supercar market. However, it is said that the MC20 will be available in two variants which includes a coupe and a convertible. The Italian marque even claims the internal-combustion version of the coupe will weigh just 3240 pounds.
Maserati is also planning to launch an electric model shortly after the gasoline car goes on sale. That’s not to say the hydrocarbon-consuming version of the MC20 will be any short on innovation. It will hold a 90-degree V-6 engine which is known as the “Nettuno” meaning the “Neptune”.
“We do have to give the Italians the credit for being able to give everything a fancy name.”
The Nettuno which is twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre has oversquare cylinder dimensions—meaning the bore is larger than the stroke. The DOHC heads have a total of 24 valves, port and direct fuel injection, and two spark plugs for each cylinder. One of those plugs incorporates a passive pre-chamber ignition system. The air-fuel mixture is forced into this antechamber during the piston’s compression stroke, and primary ignition takes place inside it. The flame then propagates in a star-shaped pattern from jets on the pre-chamber. Maserati engineers say this combustion process—used on its own, not at all, or in combination with conventional combustion-chamber spark-plug ignition—makes for a more efficient engine. If there is any doubt of this technology’s value, know that Formula 1 engines use pre-chamber ignition.
With a peak output of 621 horsepower at 7500 rpm, the V-6 joins an exclusive club as one of the most potent engines ever to grace a production car. Specific output is a heady 207.6 horsepower per litre. The Nettuno revs to 8000 rpm and drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transaxle featuring a limited-slip differential. The brand says the MC20 will be able to dispatch 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds and can reach a top speed of more than 202 mph. We have few details on the EV version, but chief engineer Luigi Sciarretta confirms that it will power all four wheels and be even quicker than the gas car. The company is aiming for a range of more than 235 miles, presumably under European testing methodology.
“The MC20’s elegant lines are the result of a team led by Maserati design boss Klaus Busse.”
He says his main objective was to create a supercar without the vast air intakes and aggressive wings common in the market. Air enters the engine compartment through a high-mounted inlet behind the cabin. The polycarbonate engine cover incorporates louvres to help release hot air and also to look cool. When it comes to pricing the MC20 is expected to start under $200,000 when it hits the market next year.