The real-world acceleration figures are good.
It's safe to say Maserati knocked it out of the park with the MC20. It feels as if the Italian brand has finally been unshackled and allowed to produce a real supercar rival. That much is evident from this acceleration run posted by AutoTopNL.
While the MC20 is bite-your-hand pretty, the MC20 Cielo convertible is even more stunning. But the real star of the show is the 3.0-liter twin-turbo Nettuno V6, producing 621 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque.
Maserati claims a 0-62 mph time of 2.9 seconds and 0-124 mph of 8.8 seconds. The top speed is claimed to be 201 mph, which is roughly 323 km/h. Why the sudden switch to metric? The rest of the world, including Germany, uses metric, and that's where the video was recorded.
The German Autobahn is one of the few places in the world where you can get everything out of a car without worrying about the law. It's in AutoTopNL's backyard, which is why it regularly plays with the latest toys on a derestricted portion of the Autobahn.
Luckily, it also records performance figures, and the MC20's real-life numbers are pretty good. Remember that claimed performance figures are, for the most part, recorded on a prepped surface in perfect conditions by expert drivers. The chances of an average driver matching claimed figures are slim, though launch control has made it easier for us noobs. A pro driver is still faster, however.
In the real world, the MC20 gets to 62 mph in 3.78 seconds, which is stupid fast. It's less than a second off the claimed time.
The sprint to 200 km/h (124 mph) takes 10.83 seconds or roughly two seconds off Maserati's claimed time. The quarter-mile is done and dusted in 11.23 seconds. Not bad at all.
The claimed top speed was not reached because it's hard to do in real life. Germany's Autobahn does not run in a straight line, and you often have to lift when approaching a corner. It got to 307 km/h, roughly 190 mph.
The MC20 does sound quite muted for a supercar, but that can be fixed quickly enough. We're more jealous of the lane discipline in Germany, which is beautiful to behold.