Following on from the world premiere of the Maserati MC20 in Modena, Italy – a massive light spectacular – the worthy successor of the MC12 made its way Down Under for its official entry into the Australian market, this week. In one of the most anticipated models of the year, it combines Maserati luxury with racing DNA for a car like no other seen in the brand’s repertoire.
In what has been described as a car with “incredible aerodynamics”, it conceals a sporty soul, with the new Nettuno engine, a 630 horsepower V6 with torque of 730 Nm that delivers 0-100 km/h acceleration in under 2.9 seconds and a top speed over 325 km an hour. The result which sees Maserati producing its own power units after a hiatus of more than 20 years. And thanks to a kerbside weight of under 1,500 kg, it comes out best in class in weight/power ratio, at just 2.33 kg/hp.
Special mention looks to the Nettuno, the MC20’s twin turbo V6 which has already been awarded an international patent and provides a fresh chapter in the Trident’s history.
Inside the cabin – entry is via iconic and functional butterfly doors – every component contributes to the sports car driver experience. The MC20 includes two 10-inch screens: one for the cockpit and the other for the Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC Plus MIA). A carbon fibre-clad central console frames the interior, with just a few features: the wireless smartphone charger, the driving mode selector (GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa and a fifth, ESC Off, which deactivates the control functions), two speed selection buttons, the power window controls, the Multimedia System controls, and a handy storage compartment underneath the armrest. All the other controls are on the steering wheel, with the ignition button on the left and the launch control on the right.
For the launch, Maserati has also developed six new colours to characterise MC20: Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma and Grigio Mistero. Each of them has been conceived, designed and developed exclusively for this car and they all convey important themes: a strong reference to Made in Italy, to Italian identity and to the land, as well as one linked to Maserati tradition.
Officially valued at $438,000 AUD, production launch is scheduled for the end of the current year with orders accepted now. For more information, visit here.