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- The debut of the Maserati MC20 was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic; initially slated to be unveiled in May, we’ll now see it for the first time in September.
- The mid-engine Italian sports car will be powered by a twin-turbo V-6 rumored to make more than 600 horsepower.
- The vehicle is expected to offer a hybrid version later in its lifespan.
The upcoming MC20 will be a mid-engine reminder that Maserati exists. Rather than a successor to the ultrarare, hyperexpensive MC12, the MC20 is a run-of-the-mill six-figure Italian sports car offered in both coupe and convertible forms. Maserati promises that the MC20 marks the start of a new phase in the brand’s history, which it desperately needs if its vehicles are going to be relevant again.
MC20 mules appear to take cues from the Alfa Romeo 4C, which makes sense, as this Maserati could help amortize FCA’s development costs for that Alfa’s carbon-fiber tub. The first MC20s will use a new twin-turbo V-6 rumored to make more than 600 horsepower, with torque routed through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. We expect a hybrid eventually, and Maserati says a battery-electric version will come in time.
Maserati originally planned to reveal the MC20 in May, but has postponed the unveiling until September due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cabrio should follow in 2021. We estimate prices will begin around $160,000.