Maserati MC20 coming to New Zealand as a sold-out supercar

Maserati MC20 coming to New Zealand as a sold-out supercar

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This is the MC20, a 470kW return to form for Maserati.

The new Maserati MC20 supercar that made its global debut last month has made a flying visit “down under’’ and pricing has now been confirmed ahead of its New Zealand launch.

Maserati air-freighted an MC20 – in striking Giallo Genio bright yellow – to Sydney this week for a media preview event.

It also announced New Zealand pricing will be $390,000 with the first cars expected to land in the second half of 2021.

This is one MC20 that has made it as far as Sydney. It’s gorgeous and we want one.

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This is one MC20 that has made it as far as Sydney. It’s gorgeous and we want one.

However, it seems price wasn’t a big consideration for enthusiasts as the entire allocation for Australia and New Zealand has already sold out.

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The mid-engine MC20 – MC for Maserati Corse and 20 for 2020, the year of its world première – is Maserati’s first supercar in 15 years. It is powered by the newly developed Nettuno turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine producing 470kW and 730Nm of torque.

An eight-speed dual clutch transmission, adjustable suspension and five driving modes – Wet, GT, Sport, Corsa and ESC off – are available to fine tune the driving experience.

It seems price wasn't much of a deterrent for those wanting a taste of Maserati’s first supercar in 15 years. New Zealand’s allocation has already sold out.

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It seems price wasn’t much of a deterrent for those wanting a taste of Maserati’s first supercar in 15 years. New Zealand’s allocation has already sold out.

The MC20 can accelerate from 0-100km/h in under 2.9seconds and achieve a top speed of 325km/h. In its first iteration the MC20 is a closed-cockpit sports car but the range will expand to include open-top Spyder models and an EV powertrain.

With assistance from Italian racing chassis builder Dallara, the MC20 is built around a carbon fibre monocoque to achieve high torsional rigidity and light weight for performance.

The design features dramatic “butterfly’’ doors which Maserati says offer best in class ingress/egress ergonomics.

The MC20 is also equipped with an E-Latch electronic side door opening system. This innovative feature not only gives the MC20 a technological feel, but further contributes to the sleek design.

At its reveal, Maserati said its MC20 super sports car marks the start of a new era.

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At its reveal, Maserati said its MC20 super sports car marks the start of a new era.

Features of the minimalist cockpit include a carbon fibre central tunnel and milled metallic bezels.

The new MC20 supercar is produced in Modena, at the historic Viale Ciro Menotti plant.

The Italian marque has billed the MC20 as the beginning of a new era as it has 13 future models in development, including the open-top Spyder and electric variants of the MC20 and replacements for the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models.

Also, on the 2021 launch schedule is Maserati’s second performance SUV model that will be called Grecale. It’s smaller than the Levante offering dimension and performance to rival the Porsche Macan.

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