It makes the MC20 look bland by comparison.
With its sleek styling and impressive performance, the Maserati MC20 marks the start of an exciting new era for the Italian automaker. A recent render also showed how the MC20 could look even better as a convertible. This new concept design by Samuele Errico Piccarini makes the MC20 look comparatively bland, however. It's even been approved by Fiat Chrysler.
Dubbed the Maserati GranTurismo Targa, the concept envisions what the next-generation GranTurismo could look like in 2025. It was designed in collaboration with FCA as part of the artist's Transportation Design degree at IED Turin. We think you'll agree it looks sensational.
Taking inspiration from the classic Maserati 5000GT, the stunning GranTurismo Targa features a floating roof design incorporating a removable targa roof, a long sporty hood, and front-engine layout in contrast to the mid-engined MC20 that results in some stunning proportions. As shown in design sketches, the artist wanted to make the concept luxurious and sporty while also harking back to Maserati's heritage.
A prominent grille with vertical slats dominates the front, flanked by slim LED headlights with semi-circular daytime running lights. At the back, the gorgeous concept looks very striking thanks to its full-width light bar, flared fenders, a clear glass trunk lid, and two large exhaust outlets.
Piccarini hasn't provided any powertrain details for his creation, but it could pack Maserati's new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 'Nettuno' engine. In the MC20, this unit produces 621 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Maserati claims this setup enables the MC20 will to accelerate from 0-62 mph in less than 2.9 seconds and top out at over 201 mph.
This new V6 will also power the next-generation Maserati GranTurismo, which will arrive sometime in 2021. Since the MC20 represents Maserati's new halo car, the output will be detuned to 542 hp. This won't be the only engine option, however, because the next-generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be the first Maserati models offered with a fully electric powertrain.