Maserati has been teasing us with the new MC20 mid-engine sports car for some time now, and we finally know that this sweet little cannoli will debut with a 630-hp twin-turbo V-6 and spawn an all-electric variant in the future. The MC20 will be offered as a two-seater coupe or convertible with a minimalist cabin that’s focused on the driver. A collaboration with motorsport engineering company Dallara has resulted in a carbon-fiber structure with aluminum subframes for the suspension and powertrain. This construction minimizes weight, which sets the MC20 up for performance-related success. Maserati has been running a prototype around its hometown of Modena, Italy since March, so we still expect the MC20 to go on sale in Europe by the end of 2020 and hit U.S. dealerships sometime in 2021.
What’s New for 2021?
The MC20 is an all-new model for the Maserati lineup, and the “MC” in its name refers to Maserati Corse—a signal that the brand will soon re-enter racing events with a track-only variant of the car.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Maserati is using the MC20 as an opportunity to launch an all-new twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that pumps out 630 hp. Called Nettuno, the new engine utilizes a novel twin-combustion system borrowed from Formula 1 race cars and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Maserati claims a zero-to-62-mph time of fewer than three seconds and a top speed of over 200 mph. In addition to the gasoline-powered model, Maserati also says an all-electric variant of the MC20 with an all-wheel-drive will hit the market in short order and will be the Italian luxury brand’s first foray into electrification. The company hasn’t released any details about the battery or electric motors yet, but we expect to hear more about the EV model soon. We also haven’t had a chance to drive the MC20 yet but we’re looking forward to testing it and this new twin-turbo V-6 engine at our test track. All models come with an adjustable suspension and four driving modes, including one dedicated to driving in wet conditions.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
A two-seat cabin is accessed through upward-opening ‘butterfly’ doors. The MC20’s interior design is clean and minimalist, with only the essential controls dotting the center console. The cabin appears to offer upscale materials with a decidedly sporty bent, including black leather seats with dark blue contrast stitching, aluminum pedals, and carbon-fiber trim. To help solve the issue of rearward visibility, the MC20 features a digital rear-view mirror that uses a rear-facing camera to feed an image of what’s behind the car to a frameless inside rearview mirror mounted to the windshield in the traditional location. Several current-production vehicles already offer a similar system.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Maserati’s current lineup uses a reskinned version of Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system—which we like very much—but from photos, we can see that the MC20 will receive a different interface with a horizontally-oriented touchscreen tucked under the air vents in the center of the dashboard. We aren’t sure what size this touchscreen is but it looks slightly larger overall than the current displays in the Ghibli and Quattroporte. Maserati will no doubt share more about the MC20’s technology offerings closer to the car’s on-sale date.