The 2021 Maserati MC20 is a mid-engined sports car in the same vein as the Maserati Alfieri. It will be based on a shortened version of the Ferrari F138 platform, and will be assembled at Ferrari’s Maranello plant. There are no plans to build it in full size, but it is likely that the MC20 will receive a limited production run. The MC20’s 3.9L V8 petrol engine will be built by Ferrari, and the car itself will be designed by the Maserati Styling Centre with collaboration from Scaglietti.
What’s New for 2021?
The 2021 Maserati MC20 will feature in-house developed technologies in all key areas, including chassis design, packaging, engine development and electronics.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
GranLusso : $195,000
GranSport : $195,000
TS : $220,000
Trofeo : $250,000
The Maserati MC20 will be priced like a mid-range Ferrari and will come into production in 2021.
The MC20 is expected to be an upgraded version of the current Maserati Alfieri, and it is likely that the two cars will share many parts. Thus the price of the MC20 should easily cover its development costs.
Powered by a 3.9 L V8 engine, the MC20 will feature easy-to-use technology, featuring all manner of connectivity both inside and outside the car.
While the Maserati Alfieri has yet to be launched, the MC20 looks set to take the Alfieri’s place, although much work still needs to be done before a final decision is made.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Maserati MC20 will feature Ferrari’s 3.9 L V8 engine, which will be a downsized version of the 4.3 L F138 V8 used by the 458 Speciale, which itself was a downsized version of the California T’s 4.5 L V8. The rosso paint scheme is therefore likely to be optional within the first year of production as opposed to standard in an all-black look like on the 458 Speciale Rosso Corsa.
A manual gearbox will be standard, although it is expected that the MC20 will feature a dual-clutch automated manual transmission (AMT) because Ferrari prefers a 7-speed AMT to the current 6-speed gearbox.
The 6-speed paddle shift operated automanual is likely to be optional for both the driver and passenger, and the AMT will be selected via steering wheel mounted paddles.
The engine will feature a more than 90% commonality with Ferrari’s current V8 engines, and it is likely that the 3.9 L V8 will come with an overboost function for higher-grip conditions. Furthermore, the Maserati MC20 should benefit from the 0-60 MPH (0-100 KPH) acceleration time of the California T which is under 4 seconds.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Maserati MC20 is likely to deliver the same real-world MPG numbers as the current Maserati Alfieri on a front-wheel drive NEDC cycle, which is about 20.3 MPG.
The 3.9 L V8 should deliver roughly the same power and torque output as its 4.3 L F138 V8 predecessor, and it should be sufficient for all but the most powerful of acceleration and top speed needs.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior will be trimmed in premium leather with a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum for the panels, accents, and center console.
All panel buttons and switches will be touch sensitive and voice activated, which will allow for easier use by drivers unfamiliar with Maserati’s latest technology.
The MC20 is likely to feature a four-seater layout in a 2+2 configuration. The rumble seat is the only thing likely missing from the MC20’s specification sheet.
The MC20 is likely to comfortably fit 2 adults in the rear seats, and should easily accommodate two small children back there.
The cargo space will be similar to the Maserati Quattroporte in size, and should easily fit one medium-sized suitcase.
The MC20 will use the same chassis as the Maserati Alfieri because of cost reasons, although it is expected that almost everything else will be significantly upgraded.
The MC20 is likely to keep its predecessor’s overall design similar to the Ferrari 458 Speciale, but it will feature a more aggressive front end with improved aerodynamic efficiency and better cooling.
The headlamps are also likely to be a mixture of current and future Maserati technology, and the mechanical hood lock will be replaced by an electronic double-wishbone style hood mechanism that will not require a release switch.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Maserati MC20 will feature an incredibly complex infotainment system that should be easy to use via a smartphone app with Siri-like user control.
The Maserati MC20 will receive its internet connection via 4G LTE from the factory and it will be Wi-Fi enabled throughout. A satellite antenna is likely to be optional in case of poor 4G coverage.
The car will feature a high definition LCD touchscreen display on top of the dashboard, and two more show screens on either side of the central console.