The MC20 is an all-new model from Maserati and is the marque's first mid-engine supercar since the legendary Ferrari Enzo-based MC12. Although it's launching as a coupe with Maserati's new Nettuno twin-turbo V-6, the chassis has been designed with convertible and battery-electric versions in mind. The MC20 will compete with other exotic sports cars including the Ferrari 296 GTB, McLaren Artura, and Lamborghini Huracán.
Maserati built an entirely new engine for the MC20. Dubbed the Nettuno (Italian for Neptune), it's a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that cranks out 621 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. As for the transmission, Maserati is employing an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. The engine uses 12 spark plugs—two per cylinder—for a prechamber combustion system developed for modern Formula 1 engines. Fuel economy numbers read 15/25 mpg city/highway.
Maserati is claiming serious numbers for the MC20. The automaker estimates 0-62 mph in less than 2.9 seconds, which would make it quicker than the 630-hp Lamborghini Huracán Evo. Despite being 5.9 inches longer and 1.2 inches wider than that Italian, the 3,240-pound Maserati is 410 pounds lighter. With that curb weight, Maserati says the MC20 will have a best-in-class weight-to-power ratio. The claimed top speed is 202 mph.
Every MC20 will feature dual 10.3-inch digital displays. Of course, one of those is the center touchscreen infotainment system, but there's also a fully digital instrument cluster. Navigation is standard, as is a six-speaker audio system with Tidal music streaming. A 12-speaker premium audio system by Sonos is optional.
Owners can also take advantage of the Maserati Connect app. From any smartphone, owners can monitor the fuel level, tire pressure, odometer, oil life, and vehicle health report card, which checks the powertrain, brakes, suspension, fluids, safety systems, and lights. More important, the app offers the capability to lock and unlock doors or turn the engine on and off.
Maserati hasn't announced pricing yet, but don't expect the MC20 to come cheap. Two of its direct competitors, the Lamborghini Huracán Evo and McLaren Artura start at around $267,500 and $229,500, respectively. The MC20 should start somewhere in the mid-$200,000 range, with future convertible and electric variants potentially topping $300,000.