Maserati MC20: sweet body, craft V6 and electric alternative

24 Sep

Maserati has finally fully unveiled the new MC20 supercar, which will become the flagship of its sports line in the coming years. In addition to the petrol version with a 630-horsepower petrol V6, there will be an electric (323 km on a single charge) and a convertible.

The MC20 is an undeniable and long-awaited symbol of the Maserati brand renaissance: the car was designed from scratch in Italy and will be produced in the historic factory in Modena, which was under reconstruction for a year after the discontinuation of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models and is now equipped with the latest technology.

The body, with a carbon-fiber monocoque bathtub, was developed in collaboration with Dallara, a renowned racing car builder. Aerodynamic refinement for two thousand man-hours in the tube made it possible to do without the wings and spoilers protruding beyond the dimensions of the body, while at a speed of 240 km / h a down load of 100 kg is created. The design is extremely laconic, all elements are functional, embellishments are the very minimum, there are no props at all. The Maserati Levante GTS comes from the hand of the Levante Trophy

We spoke in detail about the 3.0-liter “twin-turbo six” Nettuno for the petrol version of the Maserati MC20 in July. Briefly, we recall that this engine has two turbocharger units located outside (an atypical solution by modern standards), combined fuel injection and pre-chamber ignition with two candles per cylinder. The maximum output is 630 hp. at 7500 rpm and 730 Nm in the range from 3000 to 5500 rpm. All power is transmitted to the rear wheels via an 8-speed DCT automatic (with two clutches) and a limited-slip differential. An electronically controlled interlock is available as an option. Acceleration to 100 km / h takes 2.9 s, to 200 km / h – 8.8 s. The maximum speed is 325 km / h.

Suspension – on double wishbones “in a circle” with adaptive shock absorbers. An elevator is offered for the front axle, which allows you to painlessly overcome large irregularities such as speed bumps. The brakes are from Brembo, 380mm discs with 6-piston fixed calipers at the front, 350mm and 4-piston floating calipers at the rear. The tire size is 245/35 ZR 20 at the front and 305/30 ZR 20 at the rear. The wheelbase is 2700 mm. The overall length of the vehicle is 4669 mm. The curb weight of the petrol version is less than 1500 kg.

The interior is minimalistic but has generous CFRP and Alcantara finishes. The instrument cluster is completely virtual, 10-inch. The same diagonal is for the central tablet, which is responsible for multimedia functions and driving settings of the car. On the narrow central tunnel there is a volume control knob, window regulator buttons, gearbox control buttons and a washer for selecting driving modes – GT (tourist), Wet (wet), Sport (sport), Corsa (track) and ESC Off (disabling the traction control system). The audio system is from the Italian company Sonus Faber. For luggage, there are two small containers in the front and rear parts of the body with a total capacity of 150 liters.

The electrical modification has not yet been presented, but it is known that it will be able to drive 323 km on a single charge in the WLTP cycle and accelerate to the first “hundred” in 2.8 seconds. The maximum speed of the train is 310 km / h. An open-top version is also not yet presented, it will be available with both power plants.

The collection of pre-orders for the Maserati MC20 has already started, but production will only begin at the end of this year. The dollar price is known – from 210 thousand.