We take a spin in the luxury Modenese car manufacturer’s award-winning new sports car, which combines great heritage with style to spell a bright future.
Maserati has a history more storied than Ferrari so it’s a pleasure to witness the brand’s new MC20 supercar duly take many plaudits as a car of multiple firsts would.
Davide Grasso, Maserati’s CEO stated: “Our mission was to develop a car that would be remembered in the future as the model that launched the Maserati New Era. And I think we’ve achieved our goal with MC20. Maserati is innovative by nature, powered by passion and unique by design: the new super sports car embodies all these values and is a watershed, the founding model of this new phase in the brand’s history.”
Indeed, the MC20 is the first time Maserati has traded a race car for the road; it’s the first Maserati with butterfly doors; the first Maserati made almost entirely from carbon fibre; the first Maserati to use down force by channelling it underneath the car, as opposed to over the top of it; the Nettuno engine is the first to be built and engineered entirely by Maserati, and last but not least, it’s the first Maserati of its kind to be made 100 per cent in Modena – all of which make the experience of driving the car around the Italian hills a memorable and thrilling experience.
That’s not to say we were able to exercise its full capacity – it has a top speed of 325 kph but hearing its roar in all its twin-turbo V6 630 horsepower glory was quite something.
Up close in the flesh, the MC20 is a work of sculptural engineering dubbed a ‘masterfully chiselled block of raw carbon carved for speed, showing the way to the brand’s aesthetic future.’ With incredible aerodynamic efficiency the new Nettuno engine boasts torque of 730 Nm that delivers 0-100 km/h acceleration in under 2.9 seconds. Without question, it’s an engine that signals Maserati’s return to producing its own power units after a break of more than 20 years.
The MC20 comes in six colourways, from the new Bianco Audace (White) model to Blu Infinito (Blue), Grigio Mistero (Silver), Rosso Vincente (Red), Giallo Genio (Yellow and our pick) and Nero Enigma (Black) – all created ‘in the spirit of contrast and harmony’.
As Grasso said at the launch of the MC20 last year, “Maserati was powered by passion, innovative by nature and unique by design – these are values that have inspired us throughout all these years, and today are valued more than ever.”