New details have emerged of what will power Maserati’s first all-new sports car in over a decade, the mid-engined MC20.
According to US publication Car and Driver, mounted behind the cabin will be an all-new, Maserati-developed twin-turbocharged V6 producing over 600 horsepower (447kW), mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The engine’s displacement is unknown, though a recent report from Britain’s Car suggests Maserati engineers are gunning for a capacity closer to 3.6 litres than the 2.9L displacement seen in Fiat Chrysler’s current most potent six-cylinder, the 397kW, Ferrari-derived mill under the bonnet of the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA.
Car and Driver claims the MC20 will feature a variant of the carbon-fibre tub used by the four-cylinder Alfa Romeo 4C, which alternate rumours suggest will be lengthened and widened to accommodate the Maserati’s larger engine and a roomier interior.
A hybrid version is purported to be in the works, potentially utilising a similar system to the recently-cancelled Alfa Romeo 8C successor project, which was expected to combine a twin-turbocharged engine with multiple electric motors – with at least one mounted on the front axle – for combined outputs of over 700 metric horsepower (515kW) and a 0-100km/h sprint time of under three seconds.
Car claims such a model would wear the ‘Trofeo’ badge, previously affixed to the 440kW Ferrari-powered flagship variant of Maserati’s sole SUV offering, the Levante.
Both coupe and convertible MC20 body styles are set to be offered – the former arriving first, with the latter coming in 2021 – while a pure-electric version is also reported to be in the works.
The Maserati MC20 was initially scheduled to be unveiled at a dedicated launch event in Modena, Italy, though the outbreak and rapid spread of COVID-19 have pushed that date back to September.
Car and Driver estimates US MC20 prices to start at around USD$160,000 (AUD$250,000), just around USD$9000 (AUD$15,000) more than the outgoing, front-engined GranTurismo Convertible. It remains to be seen how Maserati’s local arm will price its new flagship model.