Maserati Needs to Build Cars Like This GT Targa
You could argue that the arrival of Maserati’s MC20 sports car has been a sort of breath of fresh air for the Italian carmaker. While every static review, vlog, or walkaround of the MC20 has been ecstatic (pun intended), there have been people arguing that the MC20 is far from the animal we knew as the MC12.
However, perhaps some of the naysayers could be silenced if Maserati decided to build this GT Targa.
Over the last two decades, we experienced a lot of climaxes in the automotive industry. We saw great remakes, such as the Nissan GT-R, Mercedes SLS AMG, Alpine A110, and other iconic automobiles. In addition, a lot of manufacturers turned away from their traditions in order to keep up with the times. Jaguar made the I-Pace – their first EV – and Polestar went from being the performance division of Volvo to being its own brand, focusing on EVs and hybrids. The latest case of a brand turning away from its usual way of doing things is Maserati with its recent announcement of the Ghibli Hybrid.
This Video About the Maserati MC12 Will Remind You Of Better Times
The Maserati MC12 is arguably one of the most underrated supercars of all time. Produced in limited quantities back in 2004 — only 50 were built — the MC12 was a two-seater supercar that Maserati built to comply with homologation requirements so it could enter the FIA GT Championship with a race-spec version of the same car. Sixteen years later, not a lot of people remember the MC12 or even its shared history with the much more famous Ferrari Enzo. Fortunately, Petrolicious’ original series Homologation Specials did not forget about the MC12 and its impact in the supercar world. It doesn’t get as much love and respect as the Enzo, but the MC12 should be remembered better than it has been. It wasn’t the best car to drive, and it was oft-criticized for being too big, but the MC12’s place in the annals of Italian performance cars is secure, or at least it should be.
2021 Maserati MC20
The 2021 Maserati MC20 is a mid-engined supercar that the Italian company unveiled in September 2020. The brand’s first supercar since 2005, the MC20 is considered a spiritual successor to the MC12, although the two are far from related. Not only the 2021 Maserati MC20 is smaller, but it’s also powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine instead of a V-12, and it features a less aggressive exterior design. The 2021 Maserati MC20 is likely aimed at supercars like the Ferrari F8 Tributo, McLaren 720S, and Lamborghini Huracan Evo. The 2021 MC20 is powered by a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 that’s described as "100% Maserati." However, this mill is actually loosely based on Ferrari’s F154 V-8 engine and features parts from other FCA powerplants. The 2021 MC is Maserati’s fourth production mid-engined vehicle, following the Bora (1971-1978), Merak (1972-1983), and MC12 (2004-2005). Let’s find out more about the 2021 Maserati MC20 in the review below.
Maserati Celebrates The Launch of Furoriserie Personalization Program in Style with Three One-Off Models
It’s been an eventful week for Maserati. The arrival of the MC20 supercar coincided with the Italian automaker unveiling its long its five-year plan. The industrial plan includes 16 launches, including three refreshed models and as many as 13 new models, including the Grecale crossover, which is scaled to arrive in 2021. It’s a lot to digest, and we wouldn’t be surprised if you overlooked another important announcement from Maserati, one that involves the long-awaited opening of the Fuoriserie personalization program. Part of the program’s launch is a show of capability — a muscle flex of sorts — that involves three one-off models that are based on three of Maserati’s existing models: the Ghibli, Levante, and Quattroporte. Each one-off offers a preview of what we can all expect from the Fuoriserie personalization program. All existing Maserati models, including the just-launched MC20 supercar and the soon-to-arrive Grecale crossover, will be available in the program.
Maserati’s "Brand-New" V-6 Engine Is Actually Based on a Ferrari V-8
Maserati introduced the MC20 supercar with a twin-turbo V-6 engine called Nettuno. The company claims that this engine is new and "100% Maserati," but the mill actually shares parts with powerplants found in Ferrari and Alfa Romeo models. As speculated long before Maserati unveiled the car, the Nettuno engine is derived from a Ferrari V-8 and is similar to a V-6 that Alfa Romeo offers in high-performance versions of the Giulia and Stelvio.
The Maserati MC20 Actually Sounds Decent In This New Video
Maserati just unveiled the MC20, a spiritual successor to the iconic MC12 with more than 600 horsepower on tap. But while it’s powerful enough to leave the MC12 behind, the MC20 is viewed by purists as a less attractive alternative due to the fact that it’s powered by a turbocharged V-6 engine. Granted, sports car fitted with V-8 and V-12 engines sound better when you floor it, but this new footage of the MC20 proves that Maserati’s new V-6 doesn’t sound half bad.
The Maserati MC20 May Be Cool But It’s No MC12 Follow-Up
The Maserati MC20 is the first supercar to come from the legendary Modenese automaker since the mid-’00s and, right as it arrived, the MC20 has sprung comparison after comparison with Maserati’s last mid-engined creation, the MC12. Many have already labeled the MC20 as the ’spiritual successor of the MC12,’ but we beg to differ.
Meet the Maserati Grecale - a Reworked Alfa Romeo Stelvio
It’s been only four years since Maserati joined the SUV market with the Levante, and the Italian brand confirmed that it will introduce a second hauler in 2021. The midsize Levante will be joined by a smaller, compact-sized SUV that will share underpinnings with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. It’s called the Grecale, it will arrive in the first half of 2021, and it will be offered with an all-electric drivetrain alongside the usual gasoline mills.
Maserati MC20 vs Maserati MC12
Maserati just unveiled the MC20, its first proper sports car in more than a decade. Launched some 14 years after the iconic MC12 was discontinued, the MC20 is considered by many a spiritual successor to the
based supercar. But is this new car a proper successor to the MC12? Does it have what it takes to fill the void left after the MC12 was discontinued? Let’s find out in the comparison below.
Maserati Wants The MC20 To Go Racing, Does It Stand a Chance?
Maserati unveiled the MC20, its first supercar in 15 years, and claimed this 621-horsepower, mid-engined model is the sign of rejuvenation for the brand and, also, the perfect way for the Trident to go back to its roots.
That means, of course, that Maserati plans to build a racing version of the MC20 and thus some questions arise right off the bat: On the one hand, where will it race? And, on the other, will it stand a chance against the opposition? Read on to find out our take on Maserati’s official return to racing.
Maserati Confirmed An All-Electric MC20: Here’s What We Know
Maserati just unveiled the MC20, a spiritual successor to the MC12. Unlike its predecessor, it features a twin-turbo V-6 engine instead of a naturally aspirated V-12, but it will be the company’s first flagship sports car in years and it will also go racing. More importantly, the MC20 will become available with an all-electric drivetrain. Here’s what we know about the upcoming sports EV.
Thanks to the MC20, Maserati Is Finally Relevant Again
I would be lying if I told you that I’ve been particularly pleased with Maserati’s lineup over the last decade. Once a company synonymous with performance and luxury as, at least in my eyes, become quite uninteresting. Now, 15 years after the MC12 thrived, Maserati is introducing the mid-engined MC20 – a car that doesn’t only mark Maserati’s return to the world of racing, but also gives the company’s lineup something unique and attractive. I’d even go so far as to say that this is exactly what Maserati needed if it’s going to remain relevant this decade.
While 2020 has been a dramatic, dark, and twisted year for most automakers, Maserati is hoping to make the best of the latter half, and it all starts with the car you see here – the all-new MC20 sports car. As a spiritual successor to the MC12, the MC20 carries around some significant DNA of its ancestor – predominantly located in the front end – a pair of wide-opening butterfly doors, and features a mid-engine configuration. That engine, by the way, is an all-new unit built by the company (instead of Maserati borrowing from Ferrari yet again – that displaces 3.0-liters and pumps out a total of 621 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. These figures, ladies and gentlemen, make it the most powerful production car to come from Maserati to date, just barely beating out the MC12 some 15 years later.
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Breaking: Here’s the Maserati MC20 Before You’re Supposed to See It
The 2021 Maserati MC20, the company’s first full-fledged sports car in a really long time, is set to debut today, September 9. The unveiling will take place in the evening, but we can already have a look at the new MC20 thanks to a handful of photos that have surfaced the web earlier than they should have.
2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo
Maserati didn’t slap the Trofeo badge just on the Quattroporte. No, sir. Its smaller sedan also gets to wear it, along with the same V-8 that equips the Levante Trofeo and the said Quattroporte Trofeo.
The Ghibli Trofeo and the Quattroporte Trofeo are now the fastest sedans ever made by Maserati. We’ve already discussed the Quattroporte Trofeo, so let’s focus on the similarly-specced Ghibli, shall we?
2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo
We’ll call it how we see it: the Maserati Quattroporte is a bit (too) long in the tooth. And while the exterior might tend to disagree, the more eloquent clues can be found inside the cabin, which has a strong, dated vibe.
However, Maserati won’t let the Quattroporte fade into oblivion just yet and has prepared a Trofeo version for its larger sedan, as it did for the Levante SUV, hoping it will do better battle against the likes of Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and BMW 7 Series.
What is the Cheapest Maserati?
The cheapest Maserati you can get in the US is the Ghibli, priced from $75,480. In Germany, things are quite similar, in the sense that the Ghibli is also the most affordable (we wouldn’t say cheap) model in Maserati’s lineup, with a starting price tag of €69,300. That being said, there’s not really such thing as a cheap Maserati.
What is the Sportiest Maserati?
The sportiest Maserati, if we are to ignore the high-maintenance MC12, is the GranTurismo. It packs a 4.7-liter high-revving V-8 good for 454 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.8 seconds and top out at 186 mph (300 km/h). Coming back to the MC12, it packs a 6-liter
derived V-12 powerplant pushing out 621 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 481 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. Top speed is a whopping 205 mph (330 km/h) while the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) interval is cleared in 3.8 seconds.
What is the Most Popular Maserati?
The most popular Maserati is the Levante SUV, which in 2018 was sold in 18,447 units across the world. It was followed by the likes of Ghibli (11,220), Quattroporte (3,505), and GranTurismo/GranCabrio (1,699). If we are to ignore the sales figures and look at the brand’s legacy, then it would be hard to pinpoint an exact model. Perhaps the MC12 could be named the most popular Maserati, since it’s the most extreme road-going car to wear the trident logo.
What is the Most Expensive Maserati?
The most expensive Maserati you can buy today is the GranTurismo Convertible ($150,980) or, how they call it in Europe, the GranCabrio (€144,320). Also worth mentioning is that the Maserati MC12 came with a price tag of $1.5 million. So, there’s that.
What is the Fastest Maserati?
The fastest Maserati on sale today is the GranTurismo, which can sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.8 seconds and hit 186 mph (300 km/h). However, the Maserati MC12 was able to clear the same interval in 3.8 seconds and top out at 205 mph (330 km/h).
Are Maserati Cars Reliable?
Maserati cars are not that reliable, if we are to be perfectly honest. Back in 2015, Maserati was named one of the most unreliable brands in Britain and one year later, WarrantyDirect placed it on the 36th position out of 36 in its reliability survey. Things are not particularly rosy if we look at ReliabilityIndex, who gave Maserati the Poor rating after the Italian carmaker managed to score an index of 697.