Last Call: Who else is stoked for the Maserati MC20?

Aside from the fact that this car looks absolutely gorgeous in the few camo pictures we have of it, I know it’s going to sound lovely. Even if it’s going to be a twin-turbo V6 and not one of their eargasmic V8s like in the MC Stradale.

Something else I’m also pumped about is that this isn’t going to be another one of those million-dollar sports cars. Ya know, the ones that only 100 people get to register for. Car and Driver estimates prices around $160,000 which, for a car that looks this good, seems like a fair price. Hopefully, the thing doesn’t break down and spend half its time at a shop like previous Maseratis, but that might be some wishful thinking. Do you think it’ll come out driving as good as it looks?

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My name is Colby Buchanan and I love all things car-related all the way from rusted 240sx's to McLaren Senna's and of course I have a soft spot for American Muscle. You can spot me in my bone stock '06 350z named MackenZ.

15 Comments

  1. I had not heard about this car before, although I knew a Gran Turismo replacement was coming. It reminds me a little of the Lotus Evora and Alfa Romeo 4C. So it costs more than an F-Type SVR or 911 GT3 but offers a chance to get that Italian semi-exotic, semi-reliable goodness without breaking the $200K mark in a Ferrari. Color me intrigued. Even in this scary period, it should sell.

  2. I had not heard about this car before, although I knew a Gran Turismo replacement was coming. It reminds me a little of the Lotus Evora and Alfa Romeo 4C. So it costs more than an F-Type SVR or 911 GT3 but offers a chance to get that Italian semi-exotic, semi-reliable goodness without breaking the $200K mark in a Ferrari. Color me intrigued. Even in this scary period, it should sell.

      1. I’m usually more interested in cars that look slow, but aren’t. I end up buying ones that look slow, and are.

  3. Not liking the teardrop-shaped windows… or pretty much the entire side of the car. Images I’ve seen of the front end look like a blend of McLaren 570S, Gantu from Lilo and Stitch, and a bit of manta ray. Sorry, I’m not feelin’ it.

    But hey, the taillights are cool.

  4. Just hope the chassis is a bit better resolved than the Alfa 4C it’s based on, but a properly sporting mid engined Maserati is a good thing. Probably happened because Ferrari is no longer part of FCA, but Maserati is, so the brand no longer has to worry about treading on Ferarris toes and just making front engine GTs and saloons.

    1. I was thinking it is quite the departure for Maserati, but there were the short-lived Bora and Merak during the Citroen era.

      Still doesn’t seem like a good idea.

      1. I had forgotten about those two– good comparison! I think the MC20 is slated for a twin-turbo V6, making it perhaps more spiritually akin to the Merak, though that car was a 2+2. I’d rather have a Merak than this new coupe, but I usually prefer old-school.

      2. The name seems to be a cheeky not to the Enzo derived MC12, which was one of the few outright track focused cars Maserati was allowed to make in recent years, but I’d argue it’s not that much of a departure if you consider that up to the 50s, Maserati was every bit the F1/sports car racing centric manufacturer Ferrari was and sort went a weird GT route car post Bora/Merak

      3. The name seems to be a cheeky not to the Enzo derived MC12, which was one of the few outright track focused cars Maserati was allowed to make in recent years, but I’d argue it’s not that much of a departure if you consider that up to the 50s, Maserati was every bit the F1/sports car racing centric manufacturer Ferrari was and sort went a weird GT route car post Bora/Merak

        1. I don’t know, I’ve always thought of Maserati road cars as being GTs, being too large and well-trimmed to be proper sports cars. From the 3500GT at least.

          1. The 3500 and related first gen quattoporte were very plus indeed, but you need to look more towards the A6 like for a more Ferrari 250 comparable car. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maserati_A6#A6GCS

            At the same time, Ferrari would have also done its own 3500GT comparible cars in period like the Superamerica/Superfast coupes.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrari_America#500_Superfast

            While Maserati went more in the direction of being a sort of boutique Italian Jaguar/BMW alternative even in the DeTomaso era, I think its move away from making focused sports cars was further cemented in the Fiat era. Fiat of course ended up owning most the Italian brands and had a strategy of them not stepping on each others toes that on paper made sense, but I think in the long run damaged all the Fiat brands with the exception of Ferrari. Fiat used to make a full range of cars, including upmarket saloons and sports cars, but they tried to pigeonhole each brand to the point they were just diminished in many ways. Fiat itself just became associated only with cheap small cars, Alfa was directionless, Lancia more so because they had no idea how to keep from stepping on Alfas toes so became a vague “luxury comfort” brand and less sporting over the years, which is a hard sell if you’re not Volvo, and a shame because the Thesis seemed like a lovely thing.

            Similarly Maserati was under the stewardship of Ferrari in the Fiat family and was never going to be allowed to compete head on, so always were relegated to making stuff a bit softer than Ferrar would want their name on or the Saloons/SUVs Ferrari were reluctant to make with a prancing horse on the bonnet but dealers wanted in their showroom. Mostly nice cars in isolation, but you always got the feeling Maserati was under the thumb of Ferrari.

          2. Agreed, I was thinking of the A6, I saw some at a show in 2014 featuring Maserati’s centenary.

            Fiat seemed to be too heavy-handed in the way they managed the brands, eg abandoning Lancia’s sporting heritage. Some overlap is not a bad thing as seen with VAG.

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