Maserati's new halo supercar will debut on September 9.
After electrifying the Ghibli and launching its new high-performance Trofeo collection, Maserati is nearly ready to lift the wraps off its much-anticipated new halo supercar, the Maserati Corse 2020, aka the MC20. Marking the start of a new era for the Italian automaker, the MC20 is designed to celebrate Maserati's return to racing. The covers will come off the new mid-engine supercar next month, but our spy photographers have caught Maserati performing some last-minute testing with a camouflaged prototype.
While the camouflage completely covers the prototype (unusually, even the wheels are covered up), it's clear that the MC20 is going to be a feast for the eyes with its mid-engine proportions that resemble the Alfa Romeo 4C and muscular body.
At the front, the MC20 prototype sports a large front diffuser with aggressive air intakes, a prominent grille, and slim production headlights. Massive air intakes and a prominent diffuser dominate the rear, flanked by a dual exhaust system.
As for the powertrain, Maserati has already confirmed the MC20 will be the first model powered by the company's new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 dubbed 'Nettuno', which will produce 621 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 538 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. This will replace the Ferrari-sourced V8s that have traditionally powered Maserati's high-spec models. Power will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Maserati's F1-derived twin-turbo V6 also features a pre-chamber combustion system with twin-spark plugs and an electronic wastegate, and uses a dry sump. According to Maserati, the new Nettuno engine weighs less than 485 pounds. Maserati has confirmed this new V6 unit will also power the GranTurismo's future replacement, but we're expecting it to also be used in the next-generation Levante GTS and Trofeo. Hybrid and fully electric versions of the MC20 will launch later in the model's lifecycle.
The Maserati MC20 will debut on September 9, so it won't be long until the camouflage comes off Maserati's new mid-engine masterpiece.