Maserati has been teasing us with the new MC20 mid-engine sports car for some time now, and we finally know that this sweet little cannoli will debut with a 630-hp twin-turbo V-6 and spawn an all-electric variant in the future. The MC20 will be offered as a two-seater coupe or convertible with a minimalist cabin that’s focused on the driver. A collaboration with motorsport engineering company Dallara has resulted in a carbon-fiber structure with aluminum subframes for the suspension and powertrain. This construction minimizes weight, which sets the MC20 up for performance-related success. Maserati has been running a prototype around its hometown of Modena, Italy since March, so we still expect the MC20 to go on sale in Europe by the end of 2020 and hit U.S. dealerships sometime in 2021.
What’s New for 2021?
The MC20 is an all-new model for the Maserati lineup, and the “MC” in its name refers to Maserati Corse—a signal that the brand will soon re-enter racing events with a track-only variant of the car.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Maserati is using the MC20 as an opportunity to launch an all-new twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that pumps out 630 hp. Called Nettuno, the new engine utilizes a novel twin-combustion system borrowed from Formula 1 race cars and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Maserati claims a zero-to-62-mph time of fewer than three seconds and a top speed of over 200 mph. In addition to the gasoline-powered model, Maserati also says an all-electric variant of the MC20 with all-wheel drive will hit the market in short order and will be the Italian luxury brand’s first foray into electrification. The company hasn’t released any details about the battery or electric motors yet, but we expect to hear more about the EV model soon. We also haven’t had a chance to drive the MC20 yet but we’re looking forward to testing it and this new twin-turbo V-6 engine at our test track. All models come with an adjustable suspension and four driving modes, including one dedicated to driving in wet conditions.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Fuel economy for high-powered sports cars isn’t usually great. Take Mercedes-AMG’s GT, for instance, which earns a highway fuel-economy rating of 22 mpg in its most efficient arrangement. We’ll know more about MC20’s fuel economy closer to its on-sale date and hope to put it to the test on our real-world highway fuel-economy test route. While details surrounding the all-electric variant are hazy, Maserati has said that a driving range of more than 235 miles is the target its engineers are shooting for.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
A two-seat cabin is accessed through upward-opening ‘butterfly’ doors. The MC20’s interior design is clean and minimalist, with only the essential controls dotting the center console. The cabin appears to offer upscale materials with a decidedly sporty bent, including black leather seats with dark blue contrast stitching, aluminum pedals, and carbon-fiber trim. To help solve the issue of rearward visibility, the MC20 features a digital rear-view mirror that uses a rear-facing camera to feed an image of what’s behind the car to a frameless inside rearview mirror mounted to the windshield in the traditional location. Several current-production vehicles already offer a similar system.