The 2021 Maserati MC20 supercar has been launched overnight, marking the beginning of a new chapter for the Italian sports luxury car maker.
The two-seated Maserati features a mid-mounted 463kW/730Nm 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 – the first engine to be developed and manufactured by the company in two decades. Previously, engines were built for the brand by Ferrari.
Fitted with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the 90-degree V6 propels the car from zero to 100km/h in a claimed 2.9 seconds.
Drive is through the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential, with an optional electronic diff available.
To complete the supercar experience, the Maserati MC20 features 'butterfly' doors.
The 20-inch wheels hide 380mm ventilated discs and six-piston Brembo callipers at the front, and 350mm ventilated discs with four-piston callipers at the back.
Buyers can also option carbon brakes to improve stopping performance.
Inside, the basic interior uses a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 10-inch infotainment with Alexa smart assist. Carbon-fibre, leather, and alcantara feature throughout, and the driver can select from four driving modes.
Maserati says a fully-electric version of the MC20 is coming in the future, offering an even quicker 0-100km/h time and a driving range of 325 kilometres (based on the WLTP test).
With the use of carbon-fibre, Maserati says the MC20 weighs 1500 kilograms.
Taking just two years to develop, the supercar was designed from the outset to be offered in a cabriolet body, which is expected to be released in 2021.
The MC20 marks the start of a new chapter for Maserati, with the Italian car company announcing a total of ten new models before the end of 2023.
A new, mid-size SUV is coming in early 2021 to compliment the larger Levante SUV. Maserati's social media has also promised a new Gran Tursimo coupe, expected after the MC20 cabrio has been revealed.
In 2022, an all-new Maserati Quattroporte will be announced, followed by an all-new Levante SUV in 2023.
The brand's revival is crucial to the success of the upcoming merger between Fiat-Chryler Group – owner of Maserati – and the Peugeot Group. The new parent company will be known as Stellantis.