Since quite some time ago, Maserati has been teasing us with the idea of their new MC20 mid-engine sports vehicle. The MC20 is currently available as a two-seater coupe with a barebones interior that is centred on the driver. A convertible version of the MC20 is anticipated to be added to the range at a later date, and an electric version of the MC20 will also eventually go into production. A carbon-fiber construction with aluminium subframes for the suspension and powertrain was the outcome of a partnership between Dallara, an engineering company that specialises in motorsport, and our company. This structure helps keep weight to a minimum, which in turn positions the MC20 for success in terms of its performance.
2022 Maserati MC20 Specs
- MSRP: $215,995
- Seating Capacity: 2-seater
- Engine: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6
- Horsepower: 621 hp @ 7500 rpm
- Torque: 538 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
- Transmission: 8-speed dual-clutch automatic
- Fuel Mileage: 14 mpg
- Length: 183.8 in
- Width: 77.4 in
- Height: 48.1 in
- Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Engine & Performance
Maserati is taking advantage of the chance presented by the MC20 to introduce a brand-new twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that is capable of producing 621 horsepower. The new engine, which has been given the name Nettuno, is equipped with a distinctive twin-combustion system that was taken from Formula 1 race cars. Additionally, it is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. During the testing, the MC20 reached 60 miles per hour in only 3.2 seconds and raced around the quarter-mile in 11.0 seconds while travelling 131 miles per hour.
In addition to its lightning-fast acceleration, the MC20 possesses handling that is on par with that of a racing vehicle. Despite its otherworldly performance, the MC20 has a smooth ride, and when its adaptive suspension is set to its most comfortable setting, it is capable of soaking up bumps to the extent that one may imagine using it for daily driving or taking it on a road trip. In the not-too-distant future, according to Maserati, an all-electric version of the MC20 with all-wheel drive will be available for purchase.
It is not uncommon for high-powered sports vehicles to have poor gas mileage, and this is also the case with the MC20. The coupe model has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 15 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the interstate.
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Interior & Comfort
“Butterfly” doors that open in an upward direction provide entrance to a cabin that has space for two people. The interior design of the MC20 is simple and uncluttered, with just the controls that are absolutely necessary located on the centre console. The inside is outfitted with high-end materials that have a distinctly athletic flavour, such as black leather seats with contrast stitching in a dark blue colour, aluminium pedals, and carbon fibre trim.
The MC20 has a digital rear-view mirror that is equipped with a rear-facing camera that sends an image of what’s behind the car to a frameless inside rear view mirror that is mounted to the windshield in the conventional location. This helps to address the problem of poor visibility when looking backward. There are currently other cars on the market that provide a system very much like this one.
Infotainment & Connectivity
The current range of Maserati vehicles utilises a reskinned version of Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system. However, the MC20 will act as the launchpad for the brand’s next-generation system, which will employ the Android Automotive operating system developed by Google. The new user interface is shown on a touchscreen with a horizontal orientation that measures 10.3 inches and is hidden away in the middle of the dashboard behind the air vents. A second display measuring 10.3 inches acts as the gauge cluster.
Safety & Driver Assistant Features
Because the MC20 is primarily designed with performance in mind rather than practicality, it does not come equipped with many driver aid functions. Key features are:
- Available blind-spot monitoring