In 1914, Alfieri, Ettore, and Ernesto Maserati opened up a small car workshop in Italy. Today, 107 years later, Maserati is one of the world's most renowned sports car brands. The MC20 lives up to a tradition of speed and luxury. The rear-wheel-drive MC20 is the first Maserati to use the Nettuno engine, an engine originally exclusive to Formula 1. The twin-turbo combustion system and insane aerodynamic efficiency (tested at wind tunnel Dallara) guarantee a ride that drivers will remember for the rest of their lives.
Originally tested in Modena, Italy, and released in Europe, the latest iteration of the MC20 supercar raced to the land of the free in late 2021. The race car turned road car isn't just meant for cruising down the coast of the Italian Riveria. It can also hold its own in any condition, thanks to the many different drive modes. The MC20 features GT, Sport, Corsa, and a wet mode for the trickiest of terrains.
A wet mode sounds nice and practical, especially for a speed demon like this eight-speed coupe, but seeing is believing. The Brembo braking system allows the MC20 to stop on a dime. The MC20 featured below is in the Giallo Genio (yellow) colorway, but the coupe is also available in Rosso Vicente (red), Bianco Audace (white), and Blu Infinito (blue).
In the clip below, the MC20 is a long way from any sunny Italian coastline. Instead, it is masterfully drifting through the treacherous terrain of what appears to be a snowy, mountainous region. This lean, mean, drifting machine cuts through the powder like a hot knife through butter, showing no resistance to the textured, wet surface whatsoever. The Trident brand filmed this cold test to prove their new supercar is so much more than meets the eye.
Maserati MC20 Specs
The MC20, or Maserati Corse, is the supercar of your dreams. This eight-speed dual-clutch coupe is ushering in a new era for the sports car brand Maserati. The MC20 combines the sleekness and technology of a modern supercar with the classic Maserati growl and thrust the Italian brand is known for. It boasts an impressive powertrain, with the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine taking drivers from 0-62 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds.
Surpassing the Quattroporte with 621 horsepower, the Italian supercar has a top speed of 202 MPH. Neither the Maserati Ghibli nor Levante comes close. This supercar designed by the Trident sports car automaker rivals even the Ferrari F8 Tributo. The MC20 features super-light carbon fiber butterfly doors similar to McLaren doors. It is fitting that Maserati's first Nettuno is also the first model to feature butterfly doors, making the MC20 the perfect marriage of speed and class.
The interior's carbon fiber accents, blue stitching, and Alcantara synthetic textile make the MC20 feel simple yet grand. Drivers can even splurge on the carbon fiber racing seat to enjoy a new level of luxury. The steering wheel houses both the ignition and launch control buttons. A sport steering wheel is also optioned for this masterpiece. It will feature the latest version of the Maserati Intelligent Assistant infotainment system with navigation by TomTom. Its instrument cluster and rearview mirror are digital, in true supercar fashion. The MC20 also includes the highest quality audio possible by Sonus Faber.
The twin-turbo V6 engine and engine bay are carbon fiber, exemplifying the height of practicality and opulence. The exterior remains sleek without a spoiler, thanks to the downforce provided by its rear diffuser. Maserati's famed Trident sits majestically on the grille. The two air intakes ensure that this beast gets all the power it needs. Maserati is currently pricing the base model at a mere $210,000, for an extra arm or leg drivers can add on all the bells and whistles. If all this isn't enough to convert you to the Trident...the new Maserati MC20 will soon be available in an electric version.
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This post was originally published on March 17, 2021.