Maserati MC20, Supercar or GT?
The new Maserati MC20 is coming, and it’s the first supercar since the MC12. But what can we expect?
Some have recommended that Maserati be quietly retired so that we can enjoy the originals like the Ghibli, Mexico or the Allemano-bodied 5000 GT, in peace. The MC20, on the other hand, scoffs at such a notion.
Supercar or not?
Maserati has always been more of a GT company, with a deeper devotion to the endlessly romantic if tragically obsolete notion of driving across Europe with a companion and luggage on board. This is something to bear in mind when defining the MC20. That’s why we asked Mark Frankel from the YouTube Channel 888MF what his thoughts were after he managed to get behind the wheel.
“Grand Tourer for sure. It’s very easy to drive. Too fast to enjoy in the City.”–Mark Frankel when asked about if the MC20.
The MC20 is unquestionably more enticing than many other cars, thanks to a truly full-blooded supercar offer. Although group design director Klaus Busse cites the breathtakingly gorgeous mid-Fifties A6 GCS as an inspiration, Maserati has only been to the supercar club once before, with the stunning MC12.
Of course, it was also effectively a remixed Ferrari Enzo at a time when the two old rivals were briefly housed together. Maserati now has its own identity, as one of over 63 distinct brands within the Stellantis umbrella. The MC20 is 100%, Maserati. Even if it does resemble a scaled-up Alfa Romeo 4C. There is nothing in here that you won’t find elsewhere in the empire. The MC20 is simply stunning, whether in the quasi-marble effect Bianco Audace
The snouty, pouty nose, as well as the Lexan rear window with the Trident design formed by the intakes, are highlights. The butterfly doors aid access and egress while also improving front-end aerodynamics.
It, like its forerunner, will compete in GT racing, so they’re not playing around here. For optimal structural integrity and decreased (if not minimum) weight, Maserati has chosen carbon fibre over aluminium for the MC20. Ferrari insists on aluminium at this level and saves carbon composites for its hypercar unobtanium. Maserati claims that the upper portion is more design-oriented, while the lower half prioritises aerodynamics. Vortex generators at the front, a hump in the floor that rises in the centre to feed air to them before reconnecting with the chassis further down. Furthermore the door sill ducts to help airflow to the engine compartment. These are just a few of the standout features.
Maserati’s Innovation Lab used an array of simulation techniques to design the MC20 in a little over two years. Apparently, 97% of the car’s development was done virtually according to the business.
Watch the full review here from 888MF