For the first time in15 years, Maserati comes back into the supercar game with one heck of a statement – introducing the MC20.
Maserati, a brand built on a strong performance and racing heritage, has been silently re-envisioning what it means to drive with serious horsepower under the hood. Press, influencers and VVIPs were invited to a first-look preview held by Maserati of Long Island and Gold Coast Maserati - both part of The Experience Auto Group. The MC20, which was set against the background of the prestige Haut Bois Estate in Brookville, New York, was also joined by the complete Trofeo line, giving attendees a full glimpse into Maserati's new performance focus. The lineup represents a new era for Maserati with the true embodiment of a sleek design language. Unlike Maserati's last supercar, the MC12, which cost almost $800,000 and ceased production in 2005, the new MC20 was entirely developed by Maserati, including its all-new Nettuno Engine – a 630-horsepower turbocharged V6. Featuring 538 lb-ft of torque, it can deliver a 0-60 mph launch in under 2.9 seconds. The MC20 can also cruise at a top speed over 202 mph, which is proof that Maserati has returned to form in producing its own power units after a hiatus of more than 20 years. "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, which we know some are looking forward to – especially adrenaline junkies.
Maserati will offer the MC20 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 found in its suspension and powertrain. This type of construction minimizes the overall weight, setting the MC20 up for performance-related success. Prices for the car will start at about $210,000.
While VIPs sipped artisan cappuccinos and cocktails topped with the signature trident design, they also experienced sounds from the incorporated Sonus Faber sound system, which has been intergraded into the MC20. In addition, three model year 2021 Trofeos were proudly placed adjacent to complete the performance queue. The Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante were shown in green, white and red, drawing inspiration from their Italian heritage. The Trofeo line is noted for bringing in raw, unencumbered performance. This now places the powerful Trofeo V8 in the Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans for the first time in the marque's history. The three Trofeo models benefit from 580 HP, and each includes Launch Control (which is a more than necessary feature for us to unleash all their engine's power into acceleration, delivering breathtaking performance and an authentic Maserati driving experience.