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Rent Maserati MC20 in Europe
The new range-topper is mid-engine and clothed in suitably dramatic bodywork. It’s been many years since the company tried to do something this driver-focused and don’t forget
that this car ushers in a new era - it’s the first time in 18 years that Maserati has made its own engines. Instead of merely buying in crate motors from Ferrari (not a bad donor),
it’s now building its own V6 Nettuno engine family, named after the Italian for Neptune, as in the trident badge. The MC20 is assembled at the Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena,
which until a year ago was building the GranTurismo and GranCabrio. Underneath the disguise of the car we’re driving today, the MC20 is the first model to use Maserati’s new
eco-friendly paint shop. It comes in six colors, all created for the MC20. Bianco Audace, seen here, is a yellow-ish white with a bluish mica that supposedly merges the white and
dark blue of the Birdcage. Developed in part in the Dallara wind tunnel, the MC20’s bodywork – with its captivating butterfly doors (above) – has been shaped to be sleek up top and
busier down below. The upcoming Spyder version (with a retractable hardtop) was designed at the same time, for added engineering integrity and stiffness.
For the first time in more than two decades, Maserati has developed and built its own engine without the assistance of Ferrari. The result is called 'Nettuno'.
This 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 produces a total of 621 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque. That power goes directly to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
This engine has Formula 1 tech and a best-in-class weight/power ratio of 5.3 pounds/horsepower. The MC20 itself weighs less than 3,300 pounds. Maserati claims the MC20 will blast
from 0 to 62 mph in less than 2.9 seconds and to 124 mph in no more than 8.8 seconds. Top speed, depending on road conditions, is above 201 mph. Impressively, these figures are
achieved without any electrical assistance, though an all-electric MC20 will arrive in a few years. Maserati designed a new composite monocoque that can accommodate both coupe and
convertible body styles. Drivers can select up to five driving modes and settings for the throttle response, suspension, and gearbox. The adjustable suspension has a double-wishbone
design front and rear.
The slim-fit cockpit is notably simpler and less gaudy than recent Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lambo or McLaren cabins. There is no head-up display, no inflationary use of assistance
systems, no gesture control and no voice activation. Lurking a little too close behind the multi-function, three-spoke steering wheel are the world’s longest shift machetes, which
operate to the parameters set via the drive mode controller: Wet, GT, Sport and Corsa. The gear selector buttons are labelled R and D/M for Drive and Manual. Pull both paddles
simultaneously and you’re in neutral. It’s a fairly straightforward and functional layout except for the six hard-to-decipher push-buttons tucked away in the small roof console,
and the shortage of oddments space.
Maserati MC20 Specs:
- Engine: 3.0 L V6- Max Power: 621 bhp @ 8000 rpm- Max Torque: 730 Nm @ 5500 rpm- Seating Capacity: 2- Transmission: Automatic- Boot Space: 100 liters- Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 liters- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Body Type: Coupe
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