Prices for the automotive will begin at about $210,000.
Unlike Maserati’s final supercar, the MC12, which value nearly $800,000 and stopped being produced in 2005, the brand new MC20 was solely developed by Maserati, together with its uncommon 630-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine.
In the MC20’s engine, a spark plug ignites gasoline in a small separate chamber connected to every of the six cylinders as a substitute of simply igniting the gasoline contained in the cylinder itself, as in most gasoline engines. This creates a flame that enters the cylinder by way of a sequence of small holes and heats the remainder of the gasoline and air in there. There is one other spark plug contained in the cylinder that then ignites gasoline within the regular means. Depending on the automotive’s energy necessities at any given second, the pre-ignition chamber can be utilized or not. The result’s an engine that, in keeping with Maserati, has extraordinarily excessive energy for its dimension, however that may run easily and quietly throughout day-to-day driving. The same system is utilized in Formula 1 racing engines.
The firm additionally plans to introduce a totally electrical model of the MC20 in 2022. Ultimately, Maserati plans to supply gasoline and electrical variations of all its fashions, Maserati CEO Davide Grasso mentioned.
For a very long time, all Maserati automotive engines had been constructed by Ferrari, a model that, till 2015, was additionally a part of Fiat Chrysler like Maserati. (Ferrari is now a separate firm, however the holding firm Exor, managed by the descendants of Fiat founder Giovanni Agnelli, nonetheless owns massive stakes in each Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler.) Ferrari nonetheless builds engines for many of Maserati’s present automobiles and SUVs. As new and utterly redesigned fashions are launched, although, they’re anticipated to have Maserati-made engines much like the one within the MC20, a Maserati spokesman mentioned,
Maserati’s final supercar shared most of its engineering, together with its engine, with the Enzo Ferrari supercar. That automotive’s 12-cylinder engine produced about the identical horsepower than the brand new MC20’s V6. The MC12, with its a lot greater price ticket and strictly restricted manufacturing run — solely 50 had been made — may very well be bought by just a few. In 2018, one MC12 bought at an RM Sotheby’s public sale for $2.5 million. The MC20, whereas even quicker, can be comparatively attainable in comparison with that automotive.
The Maserati MC20 is a part of a long-term plan by Fiat Chrysler to rebuild Maserati’s as soon as sturdy popularity for efficiency.
“It was critical of our strategy to start this new era with the launch of a sports car,” mentioned Grasso, “a sports car that will bring us back to where we started.”
Maserati was based in Bologna, Italy, in 1914 as a producer of plane and automotive components. Then, earlier than lengthy, it branched out to racing automobiles.
In addition to introducing the MC20 supercar, Maserati additionally lately unveiled high-performance “Trofeo” variations of its sedans, the Ghibli and Quattroporte. With 580-horsepower engines, they’re billed because the quickest Maserati sedans ever.
The MC20 will go into manufacturing on the finish of this 12 months, however the automotive will not be obtainable within the US till the autumn of 2021.