Even though with introduction of new car models the sales have been
generally increasing over the last few years Maserati as a car
manufacturer has become less and less spectacular over the years.
Downfall of Maserati
The last supercar it produced was 12C which was based on legendary
Ferrari Enzo and entered production in 2004 – it was produced only for 1
year – marking 15 years since Maserati has made a proper supercar.
In 2007 Maserati introduced a new model – GranTurismo. Albeit it wasn’t
a supercar it was a very sought after Gran Tourer and a proper luxury
car at the time. Despite it being produced until the end of 2019, 13
years have passed since it was introduced and despite multiple minor
upgrades over the years it has been outdated for years. Even though it
was very well desired by those rich and famous many have critized that
it wasn’t all that good – it was terribly unreliable, handling was
mediocre, it wasn’t even that fast, but despite all those things rich
and famous people still drove it making impression of Maserati as being
one of the luxuriest car brands. If you were a mere mortal your only
chance of experiencing the car would be seeing it on the streets – which
would likely leave a very good impression on you due to GranTurismo’s
amazing exhaust note – at least in some way the car was indeed
Since 2013 it has introduced 3 new models: Ghibli, a new generation of
Quattroporte and of course an SUV – Levante. All of them being rather
unspectacular despite carrying Maserati badge and in my opinion damaging
the brands image as they really aren’t up to par of current luxury cars.
Finally Maserati has announced a new supercar worthy of its name. Maserati MC20 – a
(spiritual) successor to the 12C. Equipped with 3.0 liter
twin-turbocharged V6 and 8-speed dual clutch transmission it should
provide impressive performance with 630 metric horsepower and 729 Nm
(538 lb-ft.) of torque. Yes, 3.0 liter V6 doesn’t make us scream in
excitement but at least as a true supercar it will be of mid-engine
layout and have rear wheel drive.
Maserati claims that MC20 will do 0-100 km/h in under 3 seconds – as
expected since it’s a figure that’s expected from every supercar in 2020
but was mind blowing not that long ago and associated only with the
fastest hypercar in the world – Bugatti Veyron.
0-200 km/h or 0-124 mph will take just 8.8 seconds – which is not bad as
it’s 0.2 seconds faster than Huracan EVO which has advantage of all
wheel drive but neither is it super impressive as Ferrari F8 tributo
does 0-200 km/h in 7.7 seconds & McLaren 720S in 7.1.
MC20 will also have a top speed of over 200 mph or 320 km/h.
Maserati MC20 will have carbon monocoque structure – something that even
many of the fastest supercars don’t have, unless we are talking about
McLaren of course. Because of this and other solutions the curb weight
of MC20 will be less than 1,500 kilograms.
It will have double-wishbone suspension and virtual steering axle. It
will come with 20-inch wheels as standard and will have ventilated 380 x
34 mm six-piston Brembo brakes at the front and four-piston 350x27mm at
Maserati claims it will do 9.7 l/100 km or 24.3 mpg and will be able to
drive 235 miles or 378 kilometers on full tank of gas. It emits CO2
emissions of 262g/km and has drag coefficient of 0.38Cd.
Maserati MC20 will be 1,965 millimeters wide, 1,211mm tall and 4,669 mm
long with a wheelbase of 2,700 mm.
Interior is simplistic yet elegant. It features 10-inch digital
instrument display and 10-inch multimedia system screen that also double
down as rear-view mirror with rear-facing camera.
News of Maserati MC20 are very exciting though. It seems like Maserati
will finally make a car that’s up to par of its brand image. You can
expect it to go on sale later this year in Europe but if you live in USA
you will likely have to wait 2021. MC20 will also be available as a 100%
electric car but that variation is expected to go on market in 2022.