Arguably the sportiest Maserati since the Ferrari Enzo-based MC12 from 2004–2005, the MC20 is produced exclusively in Modena with a twin-turbocharged V6. Penned by Klaus Busse of Centro Stile in Turin, the mid-engine coupe isn’t 100% Maserati as the Italian automaker says it is.
Connected to an eight-speed transaxle dual-clutch transmission that Tremec debuted in the C8 Corvette, the force-fed V6 engine features the 90-degree angle of the F154 from Ferrari and the same firing order as the 690T from Alfa Romeo. There’s also the Turbulent Jet Ignition designed for greater efficiency and output, a technology that Scuderia Ferrari rolled out six years ago in the SF15-T of racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
Made from carbon fiber and lightweight composites, the MC20 is particularly light at just under 1,500 kilograms (3,306 pounds). By comparison, the midship Chevrolet Corvette in Stingray flavor tips the scales at 3,444 pounds (1,562 kilograms) with the Z51 go-faster package.
Manufactured on a dedicated assembly line that combines skilled workers and high-tech robots, the Maserati Corse 20 belts out 630 PS (621 horsepower) at 7,500 revolutions per minute and 730 Nm (538 pound-feet) of torque from 3,000 through 5,500 revs. Capable of redlining at 8,000 rpm, the successor of the MC12 needs fewer than 3.0 seconds to hit 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour), while the top speed is rated at more than 325 kilometers per hour (202 miles per hour) by the Italian manufacturer.
Slightly more restrained in design than Ferrari’s brand-new 296 GTB, the MC20 will also be available as a fully electric supercar. Maserati has developed a three-motor powertrain to cut back on emissions while also improving performance, and the all-new GranTurismo will use it too.
Over in the European Union, the starting price for the MC20 is a cool €215,000 or $255,715 at current exchange rates. Not including freight, U.S. pricing is $210,000 while the Brits have to shell out £187,230 ($259,090).