News: The Maserati MC20 Supercar Will Be Powered By A 613bhp Twin-Turbo V6

The Maserati MC20 Supercar Will Be Powered By A 613bhp Twin-Turbo V6

By James Gent
July 1, 2020

After months of teaser images, Maserati has now confirmed that its new MC20 supercar will be launched on 9-10 September, and has also released details of the brand new engine that will power it.

Set to be produced entirely in-house at Modena as part of the supercar’s ‘100% Made in Modena’ campaign, the new Nettuno unit – a 3-litre twin-turbocharged, 90-degree V6 – produces 630CV (613bhp) at 7500rpm, 730Nm (538lb ft) of torque at 3000rpm, and revs up to a lofty 8,000rpm. Pretty solid when you consider its “natural successor”, the MC12, housed a naturally aspirated, 6-litre V12 that produced 621bhp and 652Nm (481lb ft) when first launched back in 2004.

Though unconfirmed, recent camouflaged shots of the MC20 prototype, revealed in honour of the late Sir Stirling Moss, suggest the MC20’s powertrain will be mounted midship.

As is the case with the beating heart of most supercars, technology has been derived from Formula 1 courtesy of the Trident’s links with Alfa Romeo. At the centre is an “innovative pre-chamber combustion system” featuring twin-spark plugs, designed to improve both efficiency and performance. Sprint times remain under wraps for now however, as do details of the transmission set to be mated with the new twin-turbo V6.

Set to headline Maserati’s ‘MMXX: The time to be audacious’ event on 9-10 September, an official statement from the Italian marque confirms that the MC20 is just one of the “new models… which will go into production in the coming years” that are set to be revealed. All of which, it’s fair to assume, will be powered by a variant of the new Nettuno twin-turbo V6. “Ambitious programmes developed by the Casa del Tridente” will also be announced, expected to include production plans for electric and hybrid models as well as autonomous driving technology as part of the FCA Group’s €5 billion (around $5.7 billion USD) investment program for Italy announced in September last year.

By the way, if you’re wondering, ‘Nettuno’ is also a seaside city in Italy’s Lazio region adjacent to the Tyrrhenian Sea, so named in honour of the Roman God, Neptune.

*Images courtesy of Maserati

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