It's a new era for the Italian sports car manufacturer.
The Maserati MC20 - the next supercar from Italy's storied Maserati sports car brand, named in the same fashion as the MC12 homologation special from 2004 to 2005 - has leaked online ahead of its official debut via AutoTimesNews. Included in the leak were some official-looking photographs of the car, for the first time not clad head-to-toe in obfuscating camouflage, along with some purported details about its construction and powertrain. Extra photos were also leaked by Italian Wheel on Facebook.
If the details are true, it would render the MC20 on the same level as the Ford GT supercar for performance, with similar weight, power, and acceleration.
According to AutoTimesNews, the Maserati MC20 features an aluminum and composite body that keeps weight to a respectable 3,240 pounds, with an interior that's all Alcantara and carbon fiber. The cabin boasts a digital instrument panel and a push-button gear selection system.
As for performance, it's said the MC20 will be able to scoot to 100 kph (62 mph) in less than 2.9 seconds, thanks to a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 mounted mid-ship that produces up to 630 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque, and the supercar will reportedly top out just above 200 mph. A battery-electric version is expected to launch, as well, with 0-to-100 kph performance of just 2.8 seconds, and about 240 miles of total range on a full charge.
Compare the gasoline Maserati MC20's purported performance to that of the Ford GT, which weighs in at about 3,050 pounds and today packs a 660-horsepower punch courtesy of a twin-turbo 3.5L V6. Top speed is a bit higher at 216 mph, and 0 to 60 hovers around the same roughly-3-second mark.
That might be a bit more than coincidence; Maserati has said that it intends to take the new MC20 racing, just like the MC12 before it, although it hasn't divulged what class or series is being targeted. The Ford GT was originally developed to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016, part of the FIA World Endurance Championship, so that might well be where the MC20 ends up seeing competition use, as well.