It's still camouflaged, but we get to hear it for the first time.
It was just over a week ago that Maserati revealed the name of its new sports car, the MC20. We said that we couldn't wait to see it, and we haven't had to wait too long thanks to Instagram videos of an MC20 test mule on the streets and highway in Italy. Although heavily camouflaged, it was a first exciting look at the car in action before its unveiling in May this year.
The initial prototype that Maserati shared late last year appeared to be a modified Alfa Romeo 4C, a reference that many commentators cited when seeing this new video of the MC20 test mule. However, unlike the Alfa, the rear view we can see here features quad taillamps, whereas the 4C features just one rounded cluster on each side.
Besides the additional rear lights, it's clearly a muscular looking piece of design. The same slim rear window that tapers from the top to the bottom is similar to the 4C's rear window. Also visible are four tightly packed, centrally-mounted tailpipes. The side windows, front air intake, and hood scoop are all similar to what was seen on the initial photos of the prototype.
While the short video doesn't give us much access to the engine sound (as the car was slowing down), another commentator suggested that it sounded like "a V6 bi-turbo". While it appears to be mid-engined, the MC20 may also feature a hybrid setup, but nothing has been revealed by the Italian marque just yet. In the video of the MC20 pottering around Italian streets we get to enjoy slightly clearer audio of the exhaust note.
MC20 stands for Maserati Corse 2020, a reference to the new car's production year. Described by the manufacturer as "powering us towards the future," we can only speculate about what that means before the big reveal in Modena at the end of May. We can't wait.