Lucid was not the only carmaker to whip sheets with a new car on Wednesday night. Maserati got into action, also presenting her new MC20 supercar to a socially distracted audience in Modena, Italy. It is the brand’s first supercar since the MC12, a car from the 2000s that was sourced from the Ferrari Enzo. But unlike that car, the MC20 will not be limited to just 50 units, but will be a regular production model, with many different variants, including a battery-electric option over time.
The details of the electric MC20 will have to wait for another day, but this does not mean that a gasoline-powered car should be ignored. In fact, it is powered by an interesting 621hp (463kW), 538lb-ft (730Nm) Nettuno 3.0L twin-turbo V6 incorporating some clever new technology found so far in only Formula 1 cars.
In those highly specialized racing cars, Ferrari and Mahle called their new technology “turbulent jet ignition”; For this production engine, Maserati is calling it “Maserati Twin Combustion”, which is a very good description. The Nettuno engine can function like a normal internal combustion gasoline engine, which ignites the fuel within the cylinder. But it also has the ability to bend small amounts of fuel into a pre-chamber, allowing its remaining wall to be better-spread through small holes into the cylinder. By combusting this small amount of fuel first, the bulk of the gas can be burned more efficiently as it is more evenly distributed, thereby promoting thermal efficiency. (In its F1 application, it was allowing the internal combustion engine to reach a thermal efficiency of 47 percent, which you can read about our computer coverage.)
Maserati claims that the engines are all new and developed in-house, although a deep dive from Boji Tatarevic on the road and track suggests that it is in many respects related to Ferrari’s F154 V8.
When the car is seen in profile, another Ferrari link suggests itself as quite a few similarities with the 458/488 / SF90 supercar. Then again, a lot of mid-engraved supercars share similar design traits, and a quick glance at the MC20’s dimensions reveals the fact that, at 2,700mm, the MC20 has a 50mm longer wheelbase than the Ferrari. Further contesting the idea that the MC20 is just 488 in drag is the fact that, unlike the Ferrari, it uses a Maserati carbon-fiber chassis (like the MC12), which gives the car less than 3,307lbs (1,500kg). Curbs weight).
You like the way the MC20 looks would be a subjective matter, but the opinions expressed during the reveal by the Arms staff included “dead gorgeous”. The front of the car refers to the MC12 directly, and there is a shout-out to the taillights and the integrated rear spoiler Granturismo (front). But there are a lot of unique style details, too – I am particularly fond of the way Maserati sees the Trident logo from the back window.
When the MC20 goes on sale in the US next year, it is expected to start at around $ 210,000, making it competitive with the McLaren’s 570S (and therefore cheaper than the more powerful mid-engined V8 Ferrari). A convertible will follow in time, followed by a battery-electric version.
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