The Maserati Mid Engine Sports Car is Reborn with the new MC20

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Over the years, Maserati have churned out some of the most beautiful and sophisticated sports cars ever. You only need look at the stunning Bora, Merak, and the Enzo based MC12, to get the drift.

Now the brand which bears Neptune’s Trident has unveiled, with plenty of fanfare, the MC20. The MC20 is set to continue the heritage of the past, while ushering in a new era of sports cars for the Italian Sports Car brand.

The two seat sports car is certainly a looker, especially its upward opening “butterfly” doors. Under the bonnet sits a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 producing 463kW and a hefty 730Nm of torque.

What makes this engine so unique to Maserati, is that its the first engine to be produced in house, and not requiring collaboration with their friends in Maranello, Ferrari.

Grunt goes to the rear wheels via a limited slip diff, or an electronic E-Diff should you want to tick that option box. The transmission is an eight-speed dual clutch gearbox. Add all this together, and Maserati claim a zero to 100km/h time of a mere 2.9 seconds and a claimed top whack of 321km/h. That is pretty brisk in anyone’s language

The MC20 gets handsome 20-inch alloys with 380mm vented disc brakes up front, and 350mm at the rear. Buyers can also opt for carbon brakes. Inside you find lashings of carbon fiber leather and alcantara, a 10-inch infotainment display, and multiple drive modes.

The MC20 took two years to design and develop. The newcomer is also the start of Maserati’s plan to release up to 10 new models by 2023. Expect the MC20 to take on the likes of the McLaren 570S and Lamborghini Huracan.

There is no word yet on price, or when the MC20 will be heading to New Zealand. However, Maserati say an open top version will be available from 2021, and an electric version too with a range of 321km. Either way, this writer is dead keen to have a steer of this Italian future classic.

By Ben Selby

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