Maserati’s first supercar in a era is successful, and a triumph for the model – a automotive able to going toe to toe with the easiest in its class for dealing with. The pure-electric model will give the MC20 a captivating breadth of talents when it arrives, however within the meantime, the brand new twin-turbocharged V6 is a masterclass in how a ‘common’ combustion engine can ship lag-free efficiency. Sure, we want it had extra of a voice, however when the remainder of the general bundle is as completed as this, does anybody care?
Simply six years in the past a Maserati supercar would have been strictly off limits for the well-known Trident model. Again then it was managed by Ferrari, which pressured its former arch-rival to surrender on quick vehicles and switch its consideration to luxurious saloons, laid-back coupés, convertibles and, latterly, SUVs.
Now, nonetheless, the Prancing Horse is out by itself and Maserati has its mojo again, to the purpose the place it has managed to persuade new proprietor Stellantis to let it as soon as once more battle it out within the supercar class – together with, sure, Ferrari.
The MC20 is an astonishing achievement, and that’s even earlier than you’ve seen one within the flesh. Going from the primary sketch to the automotive being launched in Modena, Italy, has taken simply two years, lower than half the event time of most vehicles.
Don’t let the pace of the method idiot you into pondering that this has been a little bit of a rushed job, although. Maserati’s Ferrari F8 Tributo rival has been designed, developed and engineered to humiliate its opposition from down the street in Maranello.
This no-expense-spared method explains why, as a substitute of utilizing the Ferrari’s aluminium space-frame platform, Maserati has elected to comply with in British firm McLaren’s tyre tracks by growing a lighter, stiffer, extra inflexible carbon-fibre tub for its automotive.
It doesn’t cease there, both. The MC20 has been developed to take each petrol energy and a sophisticated pure-electric powertrain that can come later.
Concentrating on the right here and now, as a substitute of borrowing an engine from one other automotive maker, Maserati has began with a clear sheet of paper, and the ensuing ‘Nettuno’ 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 is a final hurrah for combustion energy, incorporating actual F1 tech in a street automotive.
On the very coronary heart of the Italian firm’s motor is what is known as Maserati Twin Combustion know-how, which acts alongside an everyday spark plug like a tiny flamethrower above the pistons. The result’s an even bigger, extra environment friendly burn that permits the V6 to generate huge energy similtaneously assembly all the most recent emission necessities.
And we imply huge energy: a herculean 621bhp and a punchy 730Nm of torque. Mix that with a formidable 1,475kg kerbweight (due to a physique made principally from carbon fibre) and you find yourself with a automotive that’s able to a particularly speedy 0-62mph dash time of simply 2.9 seconds and a high pace of 203mph.
Each of these figures match the quickest within the phase, however numbers will solely actually communicate volumes if Maserati’s supercar can again it up with a drive worthy of the easiest. We’re glad to report that not solely is the MC20 aggressive, it additionally jumps straight into the combo on the very high of its class.
For our drive Maserati laid on a good and twisty race circuit and, in its personal phrases, among the very worst roads within the area – with stretches of tarmac that might problem even a high-riding SUV.
Due to the MC20’s distinctive five-link double-wishbone, lengthy journey and three-stage adaptive dampers, the Italian supercar coped with every little thing thrown at it – from enormous bumps and nasty cambers to a crest that noticed all 4 wheels half firm with the street floor.
Actually, from behind the wheel the MC20 appears like a giant, pleasant Alpine A110, with related ranges of confidence-inspiring suggestions that’s blended with unbelievable ranges of grip and traction.
The steering, in the meantime, deserves a point out, as a result of it’s higher than most Ferraris’. The rack remains to be fast, however it gives a greater really feel for a way a lot front-axle grip there may be at any given second.
On monitor, the Maserati delivers explosive efficiency to match its on-paper potential, and our automotive’s carbon-ceramic brakes had been immense all through the drive, if somewhat noisy after arduous use.
Tyre accomplice Bridgestone has labored arduous to ship a particular compound for the MC20. The rubber is designed to make sure that when grip does run out on the rear axle, the breakaway is clean and progressive.
On this respect, the Maserati is supposed to flatter drivers of all talents, as a substitute of regularly threatening to punish all however probably the most completed.
There are a number of flaws, thoughts you. The MC20’s stripped-out cabin is somewhat plain for our tastes, and the digital dashboard forward of the driving force isn’t as clear as you’d hope. The dearth of bodily dials for the local weather management is irritating, too, as a result of it means you must regulate the cabin temperature by way of the infotainment system.
Clawing again some factors, this touchscreen system does supply Amazon’s Alexa sensible assistant, a WiFi hotspot and the flexibility to handle some car techniques by way of the Maserati Join smartphone or smartwatch app. These are comparatively novel options within the supercar class.
However there’s one factor you do anticipate with among the world’s quickest vehicles: an evocative soundtrack. And sadly, the all-new twin-turbo V6 doesn’t fairly ship the aural pleasure of the V8-powered F8 Tributo, or the wonderful word of the Audi R8 or Lamborghini opposition.
Regardless of that, we predict most available in the market for a supercar will nonetheless be mightily tempted by the MC20 on account of its sheer magnificence. There aren’t any huge spoilers – all of the complicated air-blending takes place beneath the pores and skin – and with butterfly doorways and rear air vents that type a Trident form, it positively brings a recent look to a category that has had comparatively few new arrivals lately.
There’s even a small 50-litre ‘frunk’ up entrance and a bigger 150-litre boot behind the rear-mounted engine, so the MC20 affords truthful practicality. That’s useful, as a result of if you’re one of many fortunate patrons, the automotive’s breadth of efficiency, dealing with and journey will imply you’ll wish to use it day-after-day.
|Engine:||3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol|
|Transmission:||Eight-speed dual-clutch auto, rear-wheel drive|