There is a new Maserati on the block, the MC20 looks drop-dead gorgeous and has the whole industry drooling over it. It is obvious that when a car is rolling out of the Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena, it is going to look enthralling. Apart from the exquisite looks, the MC20 is featuring an all-new engine and this time not from the house of Ferrari. It is built by Maserati themselves. After a long time, we will see a thoroughbred Maserati hoisting the trident logo.
The Italian brand has outdone itself by making the car aerodynamically efficient as well as maintaining an air of richness around the design of the car. It features an ultra-light carbon-fibre monocoque that imparts high torsion resistance and is extremely light, weighing in at 100kg. MC20 also features a mid-mounted V6 engine that contributes to an exceptional power-to-weight ratio. Overall, Maserati has managed to keep the car’s weight under 1500 kg, which is outstanding by all standards. Also, the fact that the car is rear-wheel-drive only contributes to the lower weight.
Now coming to the Nettuno (named after the planet Neptune), it is the all-new V6 engine made by Maserati themselves. After their separation from Ferrari, the guys at Maserati developed this phenomenal engine. The Nettuno is a 3.0-litre, turbocharged V6 that churns out 630 BHP at 7500 RPM and 730 Nm of torque between 3000-5500 RPM. Maserati has mated the engine to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a limited-slip differential at the back. This set-up allows the MC20 to do the 0-100 km/h run in under 2.9 seconds and eventually gain a top speed in excess of 325 km/h (probably should not take that long).
On the inside, Maserati has kept everything very minimalistic. Shod in carbon fibre and Alcantara leather, there is no place anyone could rather be. Once you sit inside by opening those beautiful butterfly doors, you enter a different world. The steering wheel (yes, it has flappy paddles) is wrapped in carbon fibre and Alcantara leather, giving it a superfluous feel and behind it sits a beautiful 10.25-inch instrument cluster. The landscape-oriented 10.25-inch infotainment system also looks its part and adds a bit of sparkle to the interior. The central tunnel is also beautifully wrapped in carbon fibre and features a beautiful backlit swivel (inspired by luxury watches) to toggle between the driving modes, namely, GT, Sport, Corsa and Wet. Below it, is the gear selector buttons, one for Drive and another for Reverse. The interiors also come with a 6-speaker set-up and if you aren’t happy with it, you can upgrade it to a Sonus Faber system too, which comes as an optional extra.
The MC20 is expected to hit the markets soon and we do want it in India. Even though it would not be a cheap affair, but all the exquisite things in life come at a high price. Hopefully, we will see a few in India and will be sent from Italy with love. However, it will be recommended to buy it with the optional suspension lifter package for the Indian roads. You know? Just to be safe.