Maserati has a long history of making some absolutely mind-blowing cars. From the Quattroporte to the MC12, Maserati’s have always led the pack in performance and styling. But recently the brand has come to a sort of halt. Right now their lineup consists only of 2 sedans and an SUV, what happened to cars like the MC12 that were born to be on a race track? Well it looks like Maserati found it’s groove again, as they are frequently teasing an up and coming supercar to be called “MC20”. With this new car using the MC prefix, you know that what is coming out o Modena has to be serious. And let me tell you, it looks like a game changer.
But before we get to the MC20, we have to talk a bit about its predecessor and the history of Maserati. In the early 2000’s the Maserati brand had a problem. Their image no longer reflected the great motorsport company building cars just so that they could keep racing. They had been turned into Ferrari’s luxury brand after getting tossed around to just about every car company imaginable. But in the early 2000’s Maserati wanted a change. They wanted to get back in the game.
And get back in the game they did. The result was a howling V12 paired to the chassis of a Ferrari Enzo. A track car at heart, homologated so that a few rich guys could get their hands on them. The Maserati MC12 was a dominant force in the 2004 FIA GT Season. Not to mention, away from the track and on the streets it did nothing but turn heads and making beautiful V12 noises.
The MC12 was a 2 door coupe/targa top supercar put into production in 2004. It featured a modified Ferrari naturally-aspirated 6.0 liter V12 and Ferrari’s 6-speed transmission. The V12 put out 621 horsepower and 481 lb/ft of torque to the rear wheels. Only 50 were ever made for production, but another 12 were made for racing making this Maserati incredibly rare. The MC12 was a bit bigger than its Enzo brother, meaning that in a track setting it got a lot more downforce.
The MC nomenclature means that Maserati’s up and coming supercar should be good enough for the MC name. It should dominant on the track, brilliantly quick, and have a V12. Well, maybe not the last one but that might not be a bad thing…
The new Maserati MC20 brings the return of Maserati to motorsport. What motorsport exactly? We’re not too sure yet, but we can expect the MC20 to be dominant. The MC20 will be power by a 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 making 630 horsepower. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the MC12 featured a similar 621 horsepower. But was isn’t similar is the torque, as the MC20 will be packing 538 lb-ft of torque. Power enters an 8-speed automatic transmission and gets sent to the rear wheels.
Much of this car is yet to be released, but we can be certain of one thing. If the past is anything to base the MC 20’s future on, it’s going to be very bright.