Gone are the days when the Maserati MC12 would set blistering speeds in excess of 330 kmph on the tarmac and let the world know that the Italians still got it, times have been slightly hard for Maserati, which has been operating in a subdued manner if the word can be used for the Italian manufacturers. Maserati attempts to win back its former glory with the new MC20, the company’s first supercar in over 15 years. MC20- Maserati Corse 20, translated as Maserati Racing 20 is a car that has been touted as the car which will turn the tide for the Modena based automaker.

The MC20 is equipped with a new engine which pumps out 630 bhp from its V6 engine and torque output of about 730 Nm which is capable of accelerating this car from 0-100 kmph in under 2.9 seconds and up to 325 kmph on the sprint. The engine heralds Maserati’s triumphant return to making its own power units after an exile of almost 20 years.

The car is extremely lightweight, weighing about 1500 kg, which combined with the power makes it the best power ratio in class at 2.33 kg/hp. The weight shredding has been done by using carbon fiber extensively including a carbon fiber tub developed with Dallara, which worked on Alfa Romeo 4C and Bugatti Chiron.

As a new chapter unfolds for the Italian Trident, the new Nettuno (Neptune) engine, the first power unit to be developed by Maserati in almost 20 years. A twin turbo V6,  the revolutionary engine has already been awarded an international patent. The engine uses a specialised combustion system called the MTC- Maserati Twin Combustion, a groundbreaking combustion system developed by Maserati engineers. The engine revs to 8000 rpm and delivers the power to the rear wheels featuring a limited slip differential.

The car will be built at the historical Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena, where for 80 years Maserati has been building cars. The car was developed using virtual systems which led to speedy development of the car design which was then tested in the old Italian tradition by churning out smoke and rubber on the tarmac.

The car has spent over 2000 hours in a wind tunnel to be as aerodynamic as possible, while using Maserati’s timeless design language to make it look elegant, including the butterfly doors which enable easier embarking. The driving position has been moved a bit central, and the interior design is minimalistic and driver-oriented. Comes with fully digital interface, carbon-fiber clad central console, wireless smartphone charger, drive mode selector and storage and drive mode selector.

The MC20 pays tribute to the days of the MC12, a car which redefined the Trident almost 2 decades ago, both visually and conceptually. The MC20 will come in coupe and convertible versions with a later launch adding an electric power unit. The car is expected to be delivered by the end of this year with pricing competitively around $200,000.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Engine
Layout V6 90° MTC twin turbo
Displacement (cc) 3000 cc
Bore x stroke (mm) 88 x 82 mm
Compression ratio 11:1
Max. power output 630 CV @ 7500 rpm
Peak torque (Nm @ rpm) 730 Nm @ 3000 – 5500 rpm
Ignition system MTC (Maserati Twin Combustion) Twin Spark with passive prechamber
Fuel system PD( Direct injection 350bar + Port injection 6bar)
Induction Twin Side Turbo with electronic actuated waste gate
Lubrication Fully variable Oil pump on Dry Sump System with scavenge Pumps & external oil tank
Timing system Double over head camshaft with variable valve timing
PERFORMANCE
0-100 Km/h (s) <2,9”
0-200 Km/h (s) <8,8”
Top speed (km/h) >325km/h
Braking distance <33mt
from 100 to 0 km/h (m)
Cx <0,38
FUEL CONSUMPTION AND CO2 EMISSIONS – WLTC*
Fuel consumption (Combined cycle) l/100 km 11,6
Fuel consumption (Low cycle)  l/100 km 20,8
Fuel consumption (Medium cycle)  l/100 km 11,9
Fuel consumption (High cycle)  l/100 km 9,8
Fuel consumption (extra-High cycle)  l/100 km 9,6
CO2 emissions (Combined cycle) g/km 262
CO2 emissions (Low cycle) g/km 470
CO2 emissions (Medium cycle) g/km 269,4
CO2 emissions (High cycle) g/km 220,6
CO2 emissions (Extra High cycle) g/km 215,8
*Preliminary Values
TRANSMISSION
Gearbox DCT 8 gears
Gear ratios: 2.905/ 1.759/ 1.220/ 0.878/ 0.653/ 0.508/ 0.397/ 0.329 R 2.632:1  final 5.174
Transmission Rear-wheel drive with rear limited slip self-locking mechanical differential
(Electronic differential opt)
SUSPENSION
Front Double-wishbone with virtual steering axle , anti-roll bar (Lifter opt)
Rear Double-wishbone with virtual steering axle , anti-roll bar
BRAKES
Front Ventilated discs 380×34 mm (CCM disc 390×36 opt)
Brembo fixed calipers
6 pistons
Rear Ventilated discs 350×27 mm (CCM disc 360×28 opt)
4 pistons
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
Front/rear tyres front 245/35 ZR 20 / rear 305/30 ZR 20
L x D x H (mm) 4,669 x 1,965 x 1,221
Wheelbase (mm) 2,700
Front/rear track (mm) 1,681 / 1,649
Luggage capacity (l) 150 (50 front / 100 rear)
Fuel tank capacity (l) 60 lt
Homologated weight (kg) <1500kg
Anagh Bhaskar

Anagh Bhaskar

I am a journalism grad who has always had a passion towards machines, especially cars and war machines, the sheer competitiveness of the industry which works with the same enthusiasm everyday without fail is what fascinates me. Favourie Car: Nissan GT-R R35 Quote: What you do in life echoes in eternity- Russell Crowe, Maximus, Gladiator

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