New Maserati MC20 supercar seen for first time
The new Maserati MC20 supercar – the brand’s first since the MC12 – has been pictured in public for the first time disguised in a full-body camouflage wrap.
Few details can be drawn from the official images – shot underneath the L.O.V.E. statue in Milan – although the car’s aggressive profile and elements of the aero package are clearly visible.
The Italian marque says the car will now undergo a period of development on both road and track, with plans to release more images from locations “symbolic of Italian audacity”.
The supercar will make its global debut in May. No further information has been revealed about the Maserati MC20, which stands for Maserati Corse (‘race’ in Italian) and 2020, other than to say that the famous Italian brand will use the MC20 to “return to the world of racing”.
Set to be the first car since the limited-run Maserati MC12 supercar to carry the Maserati Corse badge, the MC20 is claimed to be a “natural evolution” from the Enzo Ferrari-based supercar that was built between 2004-2005.
That is believed to be a tacit hint at the level of performance the two-seat supercar will offer when it arrives in a few months’ time.
It’s not known what will power the MC20, but the car-maker has previously ruled out borrowing a powertrain from stablemate Ferrari, preferring instead to develop its own engine at its Innovation Lab in Modena.
The MC20 is tipped to be launched with a high-performance V8, or plug-in hybrid V6 that will be followed by an advanced all-electric powertrain that has already been seen testing.
When the electric version arrives, it could be based on the original Alfieri concept’s powertrain, which featured a three-motor, 800-volt battery-electric system. If true, the electric MC20 should easily smash the 0-62mph sprint in less than 2.0 seconds.
With just a few weeks left until its debut in May, Maserati has also confirmed that the MC20 will be manufactured at its Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena, which is currently undergoing modernisation to prepare it for electrified vehicles.
The MC20 race car, meanwhile, will have a lot to live up to if it’s to match the old MC12’s circuit record. That model earned numerous victories and championship titles in world championship GT sportscar racing between 2004-2010.
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